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UC Legal - Office of General Counsel (UCL - OGC) delivers ethical, timely, efficient and high quality legal services to the University of California ten campuses, six 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, and Innovation (BTI) 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, real estate, land use, construction, investments, intellectual property, laboratory affairs, energy, tax-exempt organizations, charitable giving, trusts and estates, and institutional advancement.
This position provides substantial expertise in the area of nonprofit organizations and charitable giving matters, including: tax-exempt org, nonprofit corporate and charitable trust law compliance and reporting; entity structuring and transactions (i.e., forming and managing subsidiaries and related organizations, establishing relationships with affiliates, structuring joint ventures, and exploring and carrying out mergers and acquisitions); political intervention and lobbying; nonprofit corporate governance; unrelated business income; and endowments and complex charitable gifts. Some experience with planned giving desired but not required.
Responsibilities require substantial knowledge of laws, regulations and policies applicable to tax-exempt, nonprofit and charitable organizations, as well as Regents bylaws, policies, and guidelines. Drafts, reviews, and revises a variety of legal instruments involving the University's interests.
All team members are expected to actively participate in initiatives to promote diversity, equity, and/or inclusion, whether at UC or in the community.
• Provides substantial high-quality, timely, and solution-oriented expertise within the University in the nonprofit organizations and charitable giving specialty practice area and independently handles a full range of legal matters and projects, including those of the highest complexity and significant importance and impact to the University.
• Interprets complex facts and the law in areas of moderate to high ambiguity.
• Establishes effective relationships with key internal and external constituencies.
• Recognizes strategic needs of organization and proactively builds relationships with appropriate stakeholders to ensure successful outcomes.
• Serves as a trusted strategic partner with University business units, providing practical advice and alternative solutions to business issues.
• Advises and renders opinions to clients with respect to the legal implications of establishing or changing policy.
• Works with colleagues at the Office of the President or campus/medical center locations to develop and modify practices and procedures to conform with changing legal requirements.
• Directly negotiates matters on behalf of The Regents.
• May act as a liaison with outside counsel, and/or represent the University in administrative or court litigation.
• Keeps informed on changing legislation and case law developments affecting overall operations of the University as they relate to the area of specialty.
• Demonstrates and promotes appropriate risk tolerance.
• Prioritizes objectives and ensures service according to those priorities.
• Delegates work effectively to maximize efficiencies.
• Provides clear expectations and feedback to help others to meet expected levels of productivity and accuracy.
• Provides functional advice, training and/or guidance and effectively mentors less-experienced colleagues.
• Creates and fosters an environment that ensures collegiality and information sharing, while recognizing the need for timely decision-making.
• Actively participates in initiatives to promote diversity, equity, and/or inclusion, whether at UC or in the community.
• Complies with delegations of authority for receiving and committing University funds.
• Complies with all policies and standards.
· Minimum 8 years of relevant experience in a law firm, or in-house counsel for an academic institution, corporation, or other entity.
· Experience in nonprofit (tax-exempt) organizations and charitable giving.
· Deep understanding of laws and regulations applicable to nonprofit and charitable organizations and their practical application.
· Strong interpersonal communication skills, including proven ability to actively listen, negotiate, persuade and educate.
· Skills to gain trust and build credibility with a broad group of colleagues and clients, including senior leaders.
· Judgment, tact and diplomacy to partner with senior teams to help them achieve their strategic objectives.
· Outstanding customer service skills.
· Effective research skills; ability to readily identify material information in area of specialty.
· Proven decision-making ability, even when the decision is unpopular, earning credibility and support from colleagues and clients.
· Ability to lead by influence and consensus.
· Excellent abilities in collaboration, facilitation, and strategic and creative thinking with UC Legal colleagues, clients and outside vendors and agencies.
· Commitment to the highest ethical standards.
· Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion and tact when handling sensitive or potentially sensitive issues.
· Outstanding presentation skills, including the ability to communicate clearly, logically, and persuasively during interactions and utilize active listening skills.
· Outstanding written skills as defined by the ability to compose a variety of concise, informative written materials appropriate to a particular audience, including persuasive legal documents and transactional documents.
· Ability to represent institutional concerns persuasively to internal and external parties.
· Demonstrated ability to act as a team player in all circumstances, as defined by contributing to the successful outcome of initiatives, accountabilities, and operations of others.
· Demonstrated understanding of ethical issues in a University setting.
· Previous experience in UC or other University or public agency as in-house or outside legal counsel.
Education: Advanced degree in related area required.
License/Certifications: 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.)
This position is eligible for a remote work arrangement, within the state of California, until April 2023. At that time, the employee may be required to report to work onsite in Oakland, CA on a regular schedule.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary: $207,000 - 245,000 annual salary, commensurate with experience
Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging
Career Tracks Title, Title Code, & Grade: Counsel 4 (000201), 29
HOW TO APPLY
Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.
APPLICATION REVIEW DATE
The first review date for this job is January 31, 2023. The position will be open until filled.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
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
August 2021 Update: The University of California has issued a policy requiring employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID -19 before physically accessing the University location or programs. Upon hire into a UCOP position, you will be provided detailed instructions on how to comply with this policy including access to the COVID vaccination at no cost. New hires to UCOP who work onsite or will come onsite for any activities at a UCOP or other UC location must comply with this policy within 8 weeks after their start date. The policy allows for employees to request approval for an exception or deferral. UC COVID-19 Vaccine 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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