Reporting to the Deputy General Counsel, Business, Finance, and Innovation, is responsible for providing expert guidance, knowledge, consulting, and advising to UC Procurement Managers and the UC Legal team on all complex contracts and agreements. Independently handles a full range of legal matters and projects, to include the most complex and that of substantial importance and impact.  Interprets complex facts and the law in areas of high ambiguity.  Drafts, reviews, and revises a variety of documents, such as policies, contracts, and advice memoranda.  Conducts client trainings and prepares legal updates.  Provides functional advice and/or guidance through all aspects of the goods/services procurement and contracting process to procurement and contract management personnel and less-experienced attorneys and legal support staff.  May act as a liaison with outside counsel, and/or represent the University in proceedings.

An expert in the competitive bidding process and constructing, modifying and negotiating complex contracts, with particular expertise with IT cloud, IT software, goods and services agreements.  This position requires substantial knowledge of procurement laws and regulations at the federal, state and local level pertaining to higher education institutions and constitutionally created public university systems. The position requires an ability to independently handle a full range of legal matters and projects in the procurement area, deliver functional advice to clients regarding risk assessment and liability, and build and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with clients and colleagues.

By practicing UC Legal’s established values, all team members are expected to promote diversity and maintain a workplace that is collaborative, supportive, respectful of differences, and committed to fairness and diversity in all interactions, both within and outside the team.


  • Provides high quality, timely, relevant, and solution-oriented counsel including: following trends, researching, writing, advising and advocating for the University with respect to contract risks and negotiations.
  • Provides substantial expertise within the University in procurement and/or other legal specialty.
  • Reviews requests for proposals for legal form, drafts and negotiates contracts, and ensures compliance by the University with applicable laws and regulations at the local, state and federal levels throughout all stages of the procurement process.
  • Drafts complex contract language to mitigate business and legal risks, particularly complex contracts that may possess greater risk and require additional legal support.
  • Provides guidance on ethics, compliance, audit, and UC governance issues.
  • Participates in the drafting, communication and interpretation of UC and departmental policies. Analyzes legislation and proposed changes to laws and regulations related to UC goods and services contracting and procurement. Functions as a lead and technical resource within procurement.
  • Provides functional advice, training and/or guidance and effectively mentors less-experienced attorneys.  Provides clear expectations and mentors legal support staff to meet expected levels of productivity and accuracy.
  • Makes recommendations concerning areas of work to perform in-house, versus payment for an outside firm. Ensures accurate record keeping in compliance with OGC data quality protocols.
  • Complies with delegations of authority for committing University funds.
  • Serves as a trusted strategic partner with University business units, providing practical advice and alternative solutions to business issues.
  • Directly negotiates matters on behalf of The Regents.

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum of eight (8) years or relevant practice experience in a law firm, or in-house counsel for an academic institution, corporation or other entity.
  • Excellent abilities in collaboration, facilitation, and strategic and creative thinking with internal and external partners.
  • Thorough understanding of highly complex legal issues and ability to foresee implications, even when ambiguous or hidden.
  • Advanced interpersonal communication skills, including proven ability to actively listen, negotiate, persuade and educate.
  • Advanced written communication skills and ability to create and deliver effective materials and/or presentations appropriate to a particular audience.
  • Skills to gain trust and build credibility with a broad group of colleagues and clients, including senior leaders.
  • Advanced research skills; ability to readily identify material and relevant information.
  • Proven decision-making ability, even when the decision is unpopular, earning credibility and support from colleagues.
  • Commitment to the highest ethical standards.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion and tact when handling sensitive or potentially sensitive issues.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to mentor and coach all levels of staff; provide for succession planning in area of specialty.
  • Familiarity with UC Procurement policies.


  • Must possess a J.D. from an accredited law school.


  • Must be a member in good standing of the California Bar. (Out-of-state hire would be afforded time to pass the Bar within a reasonable period.)


Due to COVID-19, this position is currently located remotely. A person in this position may be required to report to work in-person in Oakland, CA once onsite operations resume.


Salary: Commensurate with experience

Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging



UC Legal delivers ethical, timely, efficient and high quality legal services to the University of California’s ten campuses, five medical centers, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as well as to the Board of Regents, the President, the Chancellors and other officers of the University. Its services include prosecuting and defending litigation, drafting and negotiating agreements, providing advice, counsel and interpretation of laws, regulations and policies, and assisting with development of effective compliance and risk mitigation strategies to facilitate the University’s complex operations.

The Business Transactions, Finance and Innovation (BFI) practice group handles a broad range of business transactions including, but not limited to, transactions involving innovative research, joint ventures, collaborations, international activities, public finance, investments, intellectual property, laboratory affairs, energy, tax-exempt organizations, charitable giving, trusts and estates and institutional advancement.


Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.


The first review date for this job is June 10, 2021.


Background Check Process: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position. Background check process at UCOP

Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014. UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy


The University of California, Office of the President, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. EEO/AA Employer UC Nondiscrimination Policy

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