The Higher Education Unit is seeking a collaborative attorney to join this dynamic team. This role offers to opportunity to work in a diversity of subject areas both in litigation and general counsel advice work. If you love a challenge, have a passion for higher education, civil litigation, and advice work, and are committed to public service, this position is for you!
The Higher Education Unit of the State Services Section in the Colorado Department of Law serves as general counsel and litigates on behalf of public postsecondary educational institutions of Colorado. Specifically, the Unit services as general counsel to Fort Lewis College, Adams State University, Colorado Mesa University, Western Colorado University, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the Division of Private Occupational Schools, CollegeInvest, the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, College Assist, the Institute for Cannabis Research, and History Colorado. The Unit also assists with the provision of legal services to the University of Colorado System, Colorado State University System, University of Northern Colorado, the State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education System, Metropolitan State University of Denver, the Auraria Higher Education Center, Colorado Mountain College, and the Colorado School of Mines.
In this role, you will have the opportunity to:
- Serve as general counsel to institute boards, including advice on open meetings and rulemaking;
- Provide legal advice (both written and oral) and serve as litigation counsel on education issues related to tenure, due process, campus safety, student services, state and federal compliance with Title IX, the Clery Act, and the ADA.
- Handle privacy and disclosure issues related to subpoenas, CORA, and FERPA.
- Defend clients in litigation in state, federal and administrative courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Litigation ranges from administrative hearings on student or faculty discipline, to Title IX claims, and constitutional challenges.
- Coordinate occasional transactional work, including drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts related to service agreements, software, real estate, and construction.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR Qualified applicants must be licensed to practice law in Colorado or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar. Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application before the first day of employment. We are looking for a candidate that meets most of the following qualifications:
- Committed to and values diversity, equity, inclusion, and public service.
- Excellent time management skills and can handle a large variety of legal work with minimal supervision.
- Strong general counsel background, including the ability to be a strategic partner on advice.
- Skilled in communication orally, in writing, and in legal analysis.
- Excellent interpersonal and client relationship skills.
- Well-developed ability to work collaboratively.
- Demonstrates maturity and judgment when dealing with internal and external stakeholders and knows when to consult teammates and supervisors.
- Excels at learning new areas of law and takes initiative to learn quickly and dive into subject matter.
- Civil litigation experience is preferred, but not required.
- Background in higher education law, advising boards, constitutional law, or government representation is also desirable.
Conditions of employment:
- The final candidate for employment must successfully pass a thorough criminal background investigation.
- Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify whether or not they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of vaccination.Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.
The Office of the Attorney General is an equal opportunity employer and believes that a diverse workforce adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public. Candidates with diverse qualities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.