University of California Office of the President Managing Counsel - Litigation (0203) in Oakland, California

Position Summary Manages Litigation practice area, including supervising team of in-house litigators, as well as providing direct client service. Serves as a resource to subordinates on highly complex legal matters or problems involving the Litigation practice; advises and renders opinions to senior management with respect to the legal implications of establishing or changing policy; works with representatives of the campus on developing and modifying practices and procedures to conform with legal requirements. Acts as liaison with outside legal firms. Represents the organization and oversees outside counsel in certain litigation. Keeps informed on legislation and case law developments affecting overall operations of the University or the Litigation legal practice area. Job Duties

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Duties Function (%)


Client Service: Understands that UC is a large, complex organization with many internal and external clients. Carries out UC's organizational philosophy to provide the best possible services in support of its mission: teaching, research and public service. Determines whether a program or activity impedes or advances the University's goals.

Key Activities/Tasks

Manage litigation through direct legal services and outside counsel.

  • Serve directly as legal specialist in Oakland or generalist at the campus and be relied upon for high quality, timely, relevant, and solution-oriented counsel including research, writing, advice and advocacy.

  • Serve as a trusted strategic partner with University business units, providing practical advice and alternative solutions to business issues.

  • May directly negotiate matters on behalf of The Regents.

  • Demonstrate and promote appropriate risk tolerance.

  • Prioritize objectives and ensure service according to those priorities.

Client Services 50


Leadership: Provides an environment of individual growth and career development, recognizing and utilizing skills of others through clear, specific and timely performance feedback; recruits, mentors and retains talented managers and employees; provides effective coaching, delegates effectively and rewards superior performance.

Accountability and Governance: Demonstrates execution of goals and objectives that support the overall success of the strategic objectives of the organization, both locally and System-wide. These goals and objectives will include compliance with applicable regulatory and university requirements. Adheres to University principles of transparency and openness in working with all constituents.

Key Activities/Tasks:

  • Manage OGC attorneys to achieve high quality work products from each individual and meet departmental service expectations.

  • Develop clear, written performance goals and objectives annually for direct reports and contribute to the development of same for all members of the legal staff.

  • Provide oral feedback to direct reports regarding progress toward goals and objectives throughout the performance review cycle.

  • Provide opportunities for growth on the part of direct reports and other members of the legal staff.

  • Provide coaching, counseling and corrective action plans as needed.

  • Provide recommendations for the merit, equity, retention and award process (evaluation and monetary remuneration) with integrity.

  • Achieve operational competency and consistent administration of personnel policies and departmental work rules for those individuals reporting to this position.

  • Provide proactive and consistent contributions and leadership for OGC projects and initiatives.

  • Ensure that direct reports provide meaningful contributions to OGC initiatives.

  • Monitor workload of team and direct reports; evaluate client service, resource capacity and legal practice needs.

  • Proactively contribute to strategic planning for the section and play a key role in the implementation of identified goals and priorities.

Leadership 35


Resource Management and Financial Budget: Develops strategic goals and objectives to achieve accountability and efficient stewardship of University resources (operational, financial, and human), in a manner consistent with System-wide objectives and initiatives.

Key Activities/Tasks

  • Contribute toward the implementation of the outside counsel cost reduction plan.

  • Manage outside counsel budget for legal specialty area.

  • Ensure compliance with delegations of authority for contracting, purchasing and committing University funds.

  • Appropriately delegate work to maximize efficiency of University resources and provide opportunities for growth of the legal staff.

  • Minimize unplanned staff absenteeism.

  • Ensure compliance with record keeping effort designed to monitor resource allocation, including timesheets.

Resource Management & Financial Budget 15

Job Requirements

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Job Req Req/ Pref

Must possess a J.D. from an accredited law school and a member, in good standing, of the California Bar Association.

10 or more years of relevant litigation experience after receiving law degree.

Overtime, Travel (inside and outside of normal business hours) required.

Background checks for:

  • license/certificate/degree critical and

  • protected/personal/sensitive data critical


Desired requirements:

  • Previous management or supervisory experience and/or significant project management experience

  • Demonstrated experience in change-oriented operational management and people leadership with the capacity to lead and motivate a professional team to meet high client service expectations in an extremely visible organization.

  • Ability to identify and develop the talents in others.

  • Possess high integrity as demonstrated by having the ability to make and communicate hard decisions; demonstrated credibility to win support for those decisions.

  • Ability to lead by influence and consensus.

  • Judgment, tact and diplomacy to partner with senior teams to help them achieve their strategic objectives.

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills to interact effectively and develop and maintain productive working relationships with an array of diverse interests, individuals, and constituencies.

  • Outstanding customer service skills.

  • Outstanding verbal and 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. Exceptional ability to draft accurate, complete and persuasive legal documents, such as pleadings, legal responses, affidavits, position statements and briefs.

  • 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 and commitment to the highest ethical standards.

  • Exceptional ability to draft accurate, complete and persuasive legal documents, such as pleadings, legal responses, affidavits, position statements and briefs.

  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality with regard to sensitive issues and information and exercise discretion in dealing with sensitive or potentially sensitive topics.


Requisition Number: 20180108

Working Title: Managing Counsel - Litigation (0203)

Appointment Type: Staff - Career

Personnel Program: MSP

Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Percentage of Time: 100

Organizational Area: Office of General Counsel

Location: Oakland, CA

Posting Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Special Conditions of Employment: TravelTravel outside of normal business hours Work beyond normal office hours may be required on occasion. Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position.

Other Special Conditions of Employment: Work beyond normal office hours may be required on occasion. Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position.

Job Close Date: Open Until Filled

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