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CUNY Executive Counsel to the President - Office of the President in Brooklyn, New York

Job Title: Executive Counsel to the President - Office of the President

Job ID: 22628

Location: NYC College of Technology

Regular/Temporary: Regular


New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of the City University of New York (CUNY) is a comprehensive college of over 17,000 students in downtown Brooklyn, offering associate and baccalaureate degrees in technology and health related degree programs, other career-oriented degrees and liberal arts transfer degrees in its Schools of Arts and Sciences, Technology and Design, and Professional Studies. We are the largest public college of technology in New York State and exceptional in that we go beyond traditional class offerings to create a high-tech, hands-on educational experience for our students, to prepare them for a rapidly changing world. For the last five years, City Tech has been among the leaders in the diversity of the students it serves among all Comprehensive Colleges/Bachelor’s (North) in the annual survey by U.S. News and World Report. Students and faculty are from more than 120 countries and speak more than 85 languages, with many students the first in their families to attend college.

The Office of the President at City Tech invites applicants for the position of General Counsel. Reporting directly to the President, the General Counsel serves as the College's in-house legal counsel and member of President's Cabinet, provides advice to the President and administration on a wide range of matters, including interpretation and application of University bylaws and policies; compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations, including Title IV," Title VI, Title VII and Title IX, ADA, FMLA, Clery Act, FERPA, FLSA; sensitive employment matters involving senior staff; students' rights and responsibilities; student conduct; student disciplinary appeals to the President and to the University's Board of Trustees; College governance; development and implementation of College policies; confer with College administrators on matters involving legal interpretation and decisions related to College activities and operating concerns; facilitating transactions between the College and external entities.

Reporting directly the President, the General Counsel will:

  • As a senior member of President's Cabinet, provide updates and advise on relevant legal matters; participate in formulating College's strategic plan.

  • Investigate internal legal matters, and employee misconduct as assigned. Respond to legal notices and liaise with other agencies on external complaints related, but not limited to employee and student misconduct, outside employment, data breaches, theft and fraud.

  • Review and facilitate contractual agreements between the College and entities related to healthcare clinical placements, internships, foreign educational institutions, and other programs.

  • Serve as Compliance and Risk Management Officer: Assessing and addressing risks associated with all departments including student travel, student privacy, student rights, health and safety of students and staff; employees' outside activities and potential conflict of interests; property losses (including theft) and ensuring appropriate controls exist to effectively mitigate and reduce risks.

  • Advise student affairs regarding general student issues, disciplinary hearing matters and due process concerns.

  • Train faculty, staff and students on University policies, state law, rules and regulations.

  • Manage tort litigation in coordination with the Office of the New York State Attorney General and discrimination claims from federal and state agencies with the University's Office of the General Counsel and Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs.

  • Serve as College's Ethics Officer: Ensuring compliance with NYS Public Officer's law relative to annual financial reporting of relevant staff, annual honoraria reporting of all staff, addressing conflicts of interest and gift inquiries, delivering ethics training.

  • Serve as Records Access Officer: Responding to subpoenas, freedom of information requests, student privacy and records concerns, and serving as legal advisor to Research Integrity Officer and Academic Integrity Officer



J.D. and ten years related experience required. Membership in New York State Bar required.


he ideal candidate will have:

  • At least five years of experience practicing law

  • Strong research, analytical, and evaluation skills

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Strong negotiation, contract drafting, conflict resolution, and client counseling skills

  • In-depth understanding of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

  • Experience in public procurement (especially with New York State and New York City), including providing advice regarding and preparation of solicitation documents, including documents with technical and complex specifications/scopes of work

  • Experience interpreting laws and drafting and interpreting organizational regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines

  • Experience drafting and negotiating grant agreements and inter-governmental agreements

  • Ability to produce results as an individual contributor and part of a team

  • Ability to work effectively, collaboratively, and cooperatively with diverse stakeholders, constituents, and college and university staff of various levels

  • Ability to take initiative and use sound judgment to make decisions and exercise discretion and tact




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

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. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Open until filled with review of resumes to begin August 19, 2021.


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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.