Position Summary: The Senior Counsel for Environmental Health & Safety and Construction must demonstrate expertise in environmental compliance counseling and defense of enforcement actions in matters involving a broad range of issues, including water quality, air quality, hazardous materials transportation, hazardous waste disposal, medical waste handling and disposal, property remediation, and biological, chemical, and radiation safety in the workplace (CAA, CERCLA, CWA, EPCRA, ESA, OSHA, RCRA, TSCA, and analogous state laws). The Senior Counsel will advise UCOP, campus, and medical center EH&S directors and managers, as well as technical EH&S staff, on a wide variety of sensitive questions and will represent the University in interactions with permitting and enforcement agencies across California. Counsel will also provide environmental legal perspective on transactional matters, including real estate purchases, sales, and leases, and University development projects.
In addition to environmental compliance responsibilities, Counsel will advise on the University's broad portfolio of complex construction and development operations, including the following topics and tasks: drafting and negotiation of construction contracts; public sector construction litigation and public competitive bidding; mediation, arbitration, and/or trial (typically with outside counsel) to resolve construction defect or design disputes; Mechanic's Lien Law and its application to public and private construction projects; development of effective compliance and risk mitigation strategies to facilitate projects; and public-private partnerships.
Counsel will proactively and independently handle a full range of legal matters and projects, including the most complicated and those of substantial importance and impact. Counsel will interpret complex facts and the law in areas of high ambiguity; provide functional advice, training and/or guidance to others; act as a liaison with outside counsel; and/or represent the University in complex litigation.
Special Conditions of Employment:
Travel Travel outside of normal business hours
Other Special Conditions of Employment:
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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 -Serve as a trusted strategic partner to UCOP, campus, and medical center directors and managers, as well as technical staff, by advising on a wide variety of sensitive questions and business issues.
-Represent the University in interactions with permitting and enforcement agencies across California.
-Assist Office of the General Counsel colleagues in drafting and/or providing environmental and construction legal perspective on transactional matters, including real estate purchases, sales, and leases, and University construction and development projects.
-Directly negotiate matters on behalf of The Regents.
-Demonstrate and promote appropriate risk tolerance.
-Prioritize objectives and ensure service according to those priorities.
-Effectively mentor Counsel and Staff Counsel regarding their provision of legal services to the University.
Job Requirements Must possess a J.D. from an accredited law school and be an active member in good standing of the California Bar.
-At least eight years of relevant experience after receiving law degree.
-Expertise in environmental compliance counseling and defense of enforcement actions in matters involving a broad range of issues, including water quality, air quality, hazardous materials transportation, hazardous waste disposal, medical waste handling and disposal, property remediation, and biological, chemical, and radiation safety in the workplace (CAA, CERCLA, CWA, EPCRA, ESA, OSHA, RCRA, TSCA, and analogous state laws).
-Experience in mediation, arbitration, and/or trial to resolve construction or design disputes.
-Understanding of public private partnerships.
-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.
-Proven ability to maintain confidentiality with regard to sensitive issues and information and exercise discretion in dealing with sensitive or potentially sensitive topics. Required
-Architectural, engineering, or construction management experience and/or education.
-Experience in UC or other University or public agency as in-house or outside legal counsel.
-Experience in public sector construction litigation and public competitive bidding.
-Understanding of the Mechanic's Lien Law and experience in its application to public and private construction projects. Preferred
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