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This position provides substantial expertise in the construction and development legal matters and projects. Reporting to the Managing Counsel – Business, Transactions and Innovation, this position independently handles a full range of legal matters and projects in the construction practice area, to include the most complex and that of substantial importance and impact. The Principal Counsel interprets complex facts and the law and advises on complex matters in an atmosphere of substantial ambiguity. The Principal Counsel also provides functional advice, training and/or guidance to clients and to less-experienced attorneys, and may act as a liaison with outside counsel, and/or represent the University in certain complex litigation.
Responsibilities require substantial knowledge of laws, regulations and policies applicable to a broad range of construction and land use issues including, but not limited to, the Public Contracting Code, and Regents bylaws and policies. Drafts, reviews and revises a variety of instruments involving the University’s interest such as policies and contracts. Manages and advises on construction litigation matters.
All team members are expected to actively participate in initiatives to promote diversity, equity, and/or inclusion, whether at UC or in the community.
85% Client Services:
Provides substantial high quality, timely and solution-oriented expertise within the University in the construction and development specialties and independently handles a full range of legal matters and projects, to include the highest complexity and that of significant importance and impact to the University.
Interprets complex facts and the law in areas of moderate to high ambiguity.
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.
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 policy, legislation and case law developments affecting overall operations of the University as they relate to the area of specialty.
Advises and renders opinions to clients regarding same.
Complies with delegations of authority for committing University funds.
Demonstrate and promote appropriate risk tolerance.
Prioritize objectives and ensure service according to those priorities.
Prepare accurate, complete and persuasive legal documents, such as pleadings, legal responses, affidavits, position statements and briefs.
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.
Minimum of 8 or more years of relevant experience in a law firm, or in-house counsel for an academic institution, corporation, or other entity.
Strong interpersonal communication skills, including proven ability to actively listen, negotiate, persuade and educate to maintain productive working relationships with an array of diverse interests, individuals, and constituencies.
Skills to gain trust and build credibility with a broad group of colleagues and clients, to include senior leaders; able to lead by influence and consensus.
Judgment, tact and diplomacy to partner with senior teams to help them achieve their strategic objectives.
Outstanding customer service skills.
Advanced written communication skills and ability to create and deliver effective materials and/or presentations appropriate to a particular audience.
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.
Excellent abilities in collaboration, facilitation, and strategic and creative thinking with internal and external colleagues and partners.
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.
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.
In-depth understanding of highly complex legal issues and ability to foresee implications in a University setting, even when ambiguous or hidden.
Experience in public sector construction litigation and public competitive bidding.
Experience in mediation, arbitration, and/or trial to resolve construction or design disputes.
Understanding of the Mechanic’s Lien Law and experience in its application to public and private construction projects.
Understanding of public works and prevailing wage laws and experience in their application to public and private construction projects.
Understanding of public private partnerships.
Advanced degree in a related field.
Must be a member in good standing of the State Bar of California.