Position Classification Title: General Counsel
Position Classification Code: I1002
Job Family: Executive, Senior Administration
Pay Level: 29
Exempt Status: Exempt
This description is intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed. It is not intended to be a complete list of specific duties of any particular position. Duties, responsibilities and bargaining unit eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.
Purpose of Classification:
As chief legal counsel for the University, oversees and manages all legal services to the institution to ensure maximum protection of its legal rights and to maintain its operation with the limits prescribed by law. Identifies and mitigates legal risks and provides advice and counsel on legal rights, obligations and related matters. Provides strategic guidance, consultation and support to Board of Regents, senior administrators and other members of upper management on a comprehensive range of legal and associated issues involved in carrying out the mission of the institution. Negotiate and interpret contracts and corporate transactions. Oversee the development and modification of NMSU policies.
Standard Duties:
Provides legal counsel and guidance to the officers of the institution and other upper management on all legal matters relevant to a large public institution, including personnel law, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations, and laws pertaining to students, real estate transactions, contracts and grants, tax matters, worker’s compensation, liability and insurance matters, public monies and purchases, affirmative action, and other laws and regulations. Anticipates and identifies legal issues and counsels officers of the institution in order to develop legal strategies and solutions, often in situations of great political, public relations, or financial risk or significance, and with limited time for assessing alternatives. Reviews, researches, interprets, and prepares both written and oral opinions on a wide variety of legal issues. Reviews contracts, leases, and other legal documents and recommends revisions as necessary. Represents or oversees the representation of the institution in judicial and administrative proceedings, and in negotiations with other agencies. Selects and retains outside counsel, as required, to obtain legal opinions or to handle claims and litigation. Supervises legal work of other university attorneys and outside counsel; consults on difficult or sensitive issues. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must maintain confidentiality, remain ethical and always represent the University in its best interest. Knowledge and understanding of principles, procedures, regulations, and standards applicable to the job. Understanding of the University's mission, vision and goals.
short- and long-term planning; problem analysis and resolution; report preparation and presentation; interpersonal and organizational communication, both oral and written.
develop and maintain effective working relationships; maintain accurate and orderly records; use independent judgment and initiative; organize and direct activities.
Minimum Qualifications:
   Education- Doctorate degree in related field.
   Experience- Ten (10) years of professional experience related to the duties associated with this position.
   Equivalency- None
   Certifications/License- Possession of a Public Employee Limited License issued by the NM Supreme Court.
   Departmental Requirements-
   Special Requirements-