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A member of the Chancellor’s senior leadership team, the Chief Campus Counsel is responsible for a wide range of legal, regulatory, policy, and governance issues that may arise, providing advice directly or in consultation with other University of California attorneys, or by engaging the services of outside counsel.

Duties and Responsibilities

An R-1 research university and a member of the prestigious American Association of Universities, the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) is an inspired, global, public research university that is internationally recognized for its research and scholarship, its undergraduate and graduate teaching, and its deep commitment to public service. United by the pursuit of social justice and environmental sustainability, UC Santa Cruz students, faculty, staff, and alumni innovate across disciplines, seek to push the envelope of knowledge, and deploy their expertise and voices to advocate for transformative change. The University’s 19,000 graduate and undergraduate students choose among 65 undergraduate majors, 43 minors, and 65 graduate programs offered through divisions and schools of arts, engineering, humanities, physical and biological sciences, and social science. The UCSC community strives to be diverse, open, purposeful, caring, just, disciplined, and celebrative, pursuing these principles in an atmosphere of personal and intellectual freedom, security, respect, civility, and mutual support. Its world-class facilities are in one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education, a 2,000-acre redwood forest at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

A member of the Chancellor’s senior leadership team, the Chief Campus Counsel is responsible for a wide range of legal, regulatory, policy, and governance issues that may arise, providing advice directly or in consultation with other University of California attorneys, or by engaging the services of outside counsel. Reporting to the Chancellor and the UC General Counsel, the Chief Campus Counsel provides legal assistance and services to the Santa Cruz campus, and serves as a senior advisor on institutional policy and decision-making that requires a legal perspective. This leader will work with campus representatives to develop or modify practices and procedures to conform with legal requirements and reduce risk; act as a liaison with outside legal firms; monitor litigation of importance to the campus; and keep informed on legislation and case law developments affecting University operations. The Office of Campus Counsel represents the Regents of the University of California; the Chief Campus Counsel coordinates and consults with the General Counsel of the Regents, and provides assistance on UCSC’s legal rights and obligations to the Chancellor, and through the Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Associate Vice Chancellors, Deans, department chairs, unit heads, and other academic and administrative officers.

This is a role for an institutional and team leader who will oversee an Office that is valued and respected for the quality of service it provides, as well as for its collegial, supportive culture. The next Chief Campus Counsel will be a service-oriented generalist legal leader who builds relationships of transparency and trust. Accessible and collaborative, the Chief Campus Counsel will have well-developed analytical and communication skills, including the ability to carefully assess complex matters and advise clients on the management of risk and response. Prior experience working within a complex environment will enable the Chief Campus Counsel to work effectively within the UC system and with leaders within the communities surrounding the university. An understanding of higher education will be an asset. Appreciation for student affairs, a deep commitment to advancing the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a passion for social justice and environmental sustainability will be important attributes. This is an opportunity to make an impact within an aspirational, welcoming, and deeply engaged intellectual community.

How to Apply
The University of California Santa Cruz has retained Caldwell Partners, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. Please email confidential inquiries, nominations, or referrals here:

Acceptance of candidate materials will begin immediately (in December 2022). The first review period ends January 20, 2023. The ability to apply or nominate will continue until the position has been filled. Applications, including a resume, cover letter, and statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, can be submitted to: The compensation range is $300K-$355K. Further information, including a complete position profile, guidance for the DEI statement, and search logistics may be found on the

Special conditions of employment include: successful background check; financial disclosure requirements of the California Reform Act of 1974; annual disclosure of outside professional activities; mandatory trainings as required by the University of California. Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment.

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