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General Counsel

Whittier College
Whittier, California 90608

Whittier College is an independent, four-year Liberal Arts College distinguished by its small size (1600 undergraduates) and a nationally-recognized liberal arts program.Whittier College has a history of strong and innovative interdisciplinary programs and a diverse student body.The College is ideally situated in the scenic hills eighteen miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

General Counsel
The President's Office at Whittier College seeks a General Counsel. The General Counsel is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Whittier College's legal affairs. This includes representing the College in litigation, employee matters, interfacing with donor trusts and estates, contract review, and state and federal legal and regulatory compliance. The General Counsel is responsible for directing the work of outside counsel as needed. Of critical importance is the incumbent's ability to interface with other attorneys in higher education and within state and federal agencies. Understanding pending and proposed legislation and recommending appropriate courses of action to the College is a critical aspect of the role. The General Counsel reports directly to the President and indirectly to the Board of Trustees and is a member of the President's Cabinet.

Hours: Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week
Exempt Status: Exempt
Full Time/Part Time status: Full Time
Salary Range: $150,000-$210,000 Annually; Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge.

Reports to: College President

Location/Department: Whittier College (Main Campus)/President's Office


  • Responsible for managing all legal matters for the institution.
  • Provides a high level of professional legal service by representing and advising the institution on a broad range of legal and administrative matters.
  • Ensures financial control and oversight related to legal matters.
  • Assumes oversight responsibility for ensuring the campus conducts its business in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Designs and delivers appropriate compliance training / education to College stakeholders.
  • Provides advice to key leaders and administrators on legal matters affecting the institution, including advising the Trustees on their legal duties to the corporation.
  • Drafts, negotiates and reviews contracts.
  • Oversees intellectual property and trademark matters for the College.
  • Serves as a key resource to College leadership on the legal implications of new legislation and regulations, academic freedom, and risk management.
  • Serves as a legal advisor for employee and labor relations including advice for faculty appointments and reviews, tenure/promotion issues, and non-renewal or potential termination of faculty, review and assessment of intellectual property/technology transfer policies affecting faculty work (including patent and copyright issues), discrimination and harassment complaints, compliance with American with Disabilities Act and other anti- discrimination laws as well as compliance with state and federal wage, overtime, and employee benefit laws.
  • Serves as legal advisor for Student Life related to student conduct, student disciplinary proceedings, institutional responses to student health and safety issues, student records and student organizational activities
  • Advises College leadership and the Board of Trustees on matters involving Title VII, Title IX, Clery Act, FERPA Office of Civil Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, I-9 employment eligibility verification, etc.
  • Serves as a legal advisor to the Office of Advancement in reviewing donor trust and estate matters, and compliance with donor tax laws.
  • Serves as legal spokesperson to the media, when deemed necessary.
  • Drafts proposed policies and works collaboratively with key leaders to seek the adoption of such policies.
  • Supervise outside counsel and others representing the College in litigation or claims.
  • Play an active role in the College's Emergency Response/Disaster Recovery Teams.
  • Maintains and catalogues legal documents and contracts for the purpose of ensuring accurate reference materials.
  • Provides staff development for the purpose of educating others on their legal responsibilities.
  • Apply data collected to resolve problems.
  • Formulate recommendations, proposals, and counter proposals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

    Non-essential Functions of the Job:
    1. None identified at this time.

    Position Specifications and Requirements:
    Previous Experience:
  • Ten years of experience in the practice of law preferably with significant supervisory experience or experience managing a legal department or law firm.
  • It is highly desirable that the candidate has significant and broad experience with higher education legal issues and employment law.
  • General familiarity with the areas of non-profit, real-estate, taxation and constitutional law.
  • Has a strong understanding of shared governance and academic freedom in the context of a private institution based in California.

    Knowledge and Education:
  • Juris Doctorate degree. Ability to pass a criminal background check.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong legal research abilities.
  • Strong analytical, advocacy and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to work collegially in a diverse and complex environment. This position interacts regularly with senior-level administrators and trustees.
  • Ability to create, compose and edit legal opinions and other written materials.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to draft legal documents such as legal responses, affidavits, position statements and briefs.
  • Ability to represent College officials in litigation, mediation, arbitration, or administrative proceedings and/or oversee outside counsel to do so.
  • Ability to develop and implement legal strategies and solutions.
  • Negotiating skills.

    Application Deadline: Until Filled

    The position is based in Whittier, California. To be considered for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to: whittierjobs@whittier.edu or mail to Whittier College, Attn: Human Resources Manager, 13406 E Philadelphia Street Whittier, CA 90608. AA/AOE.

    Whittier College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, religion creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law

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Posted: 2020-01-08 Expires: 2020-02-07

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