CUNY Executive Legal Counsel, Office of the President - Administrator in Staten Island, New York


The College of Staten Island (CSI) is a City University of New York (CUNY) senior College organized around two academic divisions and three schools, with over 20,000 students including CSI Continuing Studies. CSI offers a broad range of academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences, and in several professional areas. The College awards associate's, bachelor's, master's and clinical doctoral degrees, and in collaboration with The CUNY Graduate Center, numerous Ph.D. degrees. CSI's internationally recognized faculty passionately engage in scholarly and artistic activities, and together with a strong professional staff, lead students through transformational learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. The College is situated on a 204-acre site, has recently incorporated a residential component, and is currently engaging in capital expansion. It is a hub of intellectual and artistic activity and a community partner and source of economic impact and job creation for the greater Staten Island area.

The College's faculty, administration, and staff are committed to educational excellence as they instill in students an enduring love of learning and respect for pluralism and diversity. The College community recognizes its responsibility to strive for the common good, including an informed appreciation for the interdependence of all people, as well as providing students with the opportunities for successful future careers.

The Executive Legal Counsel to the President reports directly to the President and will have wide latitude for independent judgment. As Executive Legal Counsel to the President, this position provides professional in-house legal advice, representation, and performs legal duties on behalf of the President and/or senior administration on the college campus. He/she provides guidance on a range of legal, contractual, and administrative matters including but not limited to: litigation, employment and labor law, compliance and contractual agreements, governance, fundraising, and immigration matters, including H-1B visa and permanent residence processes. The Executive Legal Counsel serves as the College's liaison to the University's Office of Legal Affairs and serves as the campus Ethics Officer, Records Access Officer and as a member of the President's Cabinet. As a member of the executive team, he/she contributes to the achievement of college goals and objectives by providing proactive and strategic guidance.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provide consultation and legal guidance to members of the executive cabinet, college management, faculty and staff to heighten their understanding of and compliance with CUNY Contracts such as the PSC/CUNY Agreement, CUNY rules and regulations, University Bylaws, University and College policies and procedures, College governance documents, laws, higher education regulations and federal, state and local law.

Provide ongoing legal counsel, advice and assistance to appropriate University, College, College – affiliated entities (Auxiliary Services, CSI Foundation, CSI Association and the Research Foundation) and other State and Federal officials in maintaining compliance with all university employment contracts, in addition to EEO, ADEA, ADA, FERPA, Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX.

Serve as Import and Export Control Officer. Provide ongoing legal counsel, advice and assistance on commercial matters involving college and college affiliated entities including negotiating, drafting, editing and reviewing a wide range of proposed, pending and renewal contracts, including agreements with donors, suppliers, and internal and external business partners.

Research and evaluate risk factors regarding business decisions and operations and apply risk management techniques and proactive advice on legal issues.

Work closely with CUNY's Office of the General Counsel in managing and supporting litigation and administrative cases involving students, faculty and staff. Assist the Office of General Counsel and the NYS Attorney General's Office in proceedings before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

Conduct internal and external investigations including those stemming from outside complaints.

Develop and prepare effective legal correspondence, documents and contracts.

Ensure College compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations. Review and maintain up-to-date knowledge of State and Federal laws and maintain college/unit policies and procedures so that they are consistent with those laws.

Collaborate with The Office of Human Resources and The Office of Diversity and Compliance to ensure appropriate control systems are in place to prevent or deal with violations of and compliance with legal guidelines and internal policies. Participate in the evaluation and improvement of efficiency of controls and monitoring of enforcement of standards and regulations.

Recommend institutional policies and collaborate with University and College officials to develop and/or revise policies and procedures to insure compliance and accuracy.

Serves as the college Ethics Officer, provide time sensitive reports and information to internal and external sources, such as the New York Commission on Public Integrity.

Serve as the college Records Access Officer; review and respond to subpoenas and requests for information under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and respond to requests for records, files and documents required at legal inquiries and proceedings.

Oversee all immigration matters as they relate to H1-b, J-1 and permanent residence processes; implement and monitor employment eligibility verification system as per all relevant laws concerning immigration or related issues.

Conduct college-wide presentations on topics related to legal matters within and external to CUNY.

Perform other related duties as assigned by the President.


This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience.

Preferred Qualifications include:

Candidates with a JD and admitted to the N.Y. State Bar is required. A background in employment/labor law and commercial contract law is preferred. Experience in higher education is highly desirable.

The successful candidate will exhibit a high degree of professional ethics and integrity. In addition the candidate will demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal, conflict resolution, and organizational skills as well as excellent judgment.




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Excellent fringe benefits package. CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off.


To apply, please go to; select "Employment", "Search Job Listings," "More Options to Search for CUNY Jobs," then enter the Job ID# in the "Job Opening ID" field. Candidates must attach a resume, cover letter, and three professional references (name, title, organization, and contact information) as one file.


March 5, 2017


CUNY Job Posting: Executive


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Location: College of Staten Island

Job Title: Executive Legal Counsel, Office of the President - Administrator

Job ID: 16276

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular