Assistant General Counsel

  • Dallas College
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Sep 10, 2021
Full time Legal Affairs

Job Description

Job Title

Assistant General Counsel

Job Title Code

Salary Level

Salary Range (Full-Time)
$110,000.00 - $126,500.00 (dependent on experience and other considerations)
Hourly Rate (Part-Time)
$52.88 per hour
Business Travel
$200.00 monthly


Position Type

Position Summary
Supports General Counsel and staff in providing legal advice and counsel, on behalf of Dallas College, to district constituents and stakeholders on a wide variety of legal subjects and employment matters.
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of legal principles, practices and proceedings and of local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations. Ability to interpret employment and civil rights legislation and case law, negotiate contracts and provide legal counsel. Experience in the representation of governmental entities, including, but not limited to, matters related to the Texas Public Information Act, Texas Open Meetings Act, Higher Education Act, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and be able to navigate matters related to the employment of public employees.

Excellent negotiation, legal drafting, organizational, and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated track record of providing a positive, creative, problem-solving approach to challenging legal issues. Outstanding work ethic and attention to detail. Ability to manage a heavy workload, handle multiple tasks effectively and efficiently, and to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced work environment. Significant experience that demonstrates professionalism, outstanding judgment, discretion, and integrity. Experience providing counsel and advice to a diverse group of stakeholders with varying levels of sophistication and experience dealing with complex legal issues.

Ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment with individuals from diverse, multi-cultural backgrounds and provide value-added outcomes. Establishes cooperative working relationships with stakeholders and constituents contacted in the course of performing assigned duties.

Ability to prepare legal documents, policies and procedures; to conduct research; to interpret and apply laws to summarize findings; to conduct investigations and prepare cases for trial. Must have a highly collaborative style with a strong sense of intellectual curiosity and a desire to learn new areas of the law quickly. Ability to assess current policies and practices and develop workable approaches and/or alternatives.

Excellent time management and prioritization skills. Provide solutions by researching, recommending, creating, implementing, etc., to achieve long-term and documented results.

Physical Requirements
Normal physical job functions performed within a standard office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with physical challenges to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

Minimum Knowledge and Experience
Graduation from an accredited law school with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or a Juris Doctor (JD) degree plus two (2) years of active legal practice. Licensed and admitted to practice law and in good standing with the State of Texas. Must have current and valid driver’s license for off-site travel. Official transcripts will be required. *** Will be subject to criminal background check. Some positions may be subject to a fingerprint check.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Provides legal advice and recommends course of action to resolve legal, procedural, or administrative issues in compliance with all applicable legal standards. Drafts and/or assists in drafting and review of legal documentation for a variety of matters, including, but not limited to, pleadings, contracts, leases, purchase agreements, instruments effecting transfers of real and personal property, intellectual property, legal correspondence, administrative and governance policies and procedures, and other Dallas College and Board of Trustees guidelines as necessary. Assures compliance with Dallas College procedures.

• Represents Dallas College during internal grievance and termination hearings, with state and federal agencies in complaints of discrimination and harassment, as well as, employment related lawsuits. Keep current on new and emerging laws relevant to higher education. Participate in and advise as needed on special projects throughout Dallas College. Coordinate work with outside counsel.
• Works under the direction of the General Counsel to implement plans and processes to enhance Dallas College’s reputation and influence; build relationships with governmental authorities, agency heads and key policymakers. Assists in legal research and litigation duties. Provides support and legal guidance on legislative activities that affect Dallas College. Serves as legal counsel in human resources matters.

• Conduct legal research and provide analysis and/or training as needed to keep Dallas College staff, the Board of Trustees, administrative leadership, and all functional areas of Dallas College current on relevant statutory and government regulations that may impact Dallas College and its programs or curricula. Respond to routine inquiries from Dallas College leadership in the form of written legal opinions and participate in discussions, at the direction of the General Counsel, with various councils and committees across all functional areas of the Dallas College.

• Excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills to support interaction with diverse Dallas College staff, governmental agencies, and/or other entities within the Dallas College community network. Must be able to provide effective customer service.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Incumbents may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Position requires regular and predictable attendance.

Dallas College is part of an equal opportunity system that provides education and employment opportunities without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Dallas College complies with the Americans with Disabilities and Veterans Act.

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