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CUNY Univ Associate General Counsel, Business Affairs Unit at CUNY in New York, New York

Job Title: Univ Associate General Counsel, Business Affairs Unit at CUNY

Job ID: 22775

Location: Central Office

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The Office of the General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs at The City University of New York (CUNY) provides legal counsel to the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, and the University. The University Associate General Counsel in the Business Affairs Unit provides in-house legal analysis, advice and representation on a broad array of commercial, transactional, and policy matters, including contract negotiation and drafting, and compliance. The position reports to the Senior Associate General Counsel for the unit.



J.D. and five years’ related legal experience as a practicing attorney required. Current New York State Bar membership in good standing required, or admission in another jurisdiction with eligibility for admission to the NYS bar through reciprocity or passing of the NYS bar exam within one year of hire date required.


  • At least five years of experience as a practicing commercial attorney;

  • Legal expertise and significant experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • complex software and other IT-related agreements;

  • intellectual property, in particular, copyright and fair use, trademarks, and technology transfer, and licensing;

  • privacy and security, including data protection regulations such as FERPA, HIPAA, and GDPR;

  • public procurement (especially with New York State and New York City), including negotiation of documents with technical and complex specifications/scopes of work and legal terms;

  • commercial transactions with public and private entities, grant agreements, and intergovernmental agreements;

  • public-private partnerships;

  • gifts, trusts, and estates, particularly with higher education institutions;

  • federal, state, and local laws related to higher education institutions;

  • commercial real estate transactions, including acquisition and disposition of real estate, development and financing, and commercial leasing;

  • commercial construction litigation including a broad array of real estate projects including construction projects, contracting, and procurement, particularly in the public sector.

  • Demonstrated experience interpreting laws and organizational regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines in a complex regulatory environment;

  • Exceptional interpersonal communication, writing, and contract drafting skills, along with strong negotiation, mediation, conflict/dispute resolution, group facilitation, client counseling and presentation skills;

  • Detail oriented and accurate with exceptional critical analysis, research and evaluation skills;

  • Strong work ethic, character and personal integrity to work with the utmost professionalism, confidentiality and diplomacy;

  • Proactive and flexible with ability to take initiative, exercise discretion and tact, use sound judgment to give advice, make decisions, and draw valid conclusions;

  • Strong organizational skills with ability to establish plans, manage a large and varied workload of assignments with conflicting priorities, follow up and complete work by prescribed deadlines;

  • Ability to produce results as an individual contributor and as a team member by working effectively, collaboratively, and cooperatively with diverse stakeholders, constituents, and clients of various levels;

  • Proficiency using standard office programs (MS Office Suite, SharePoint, Dropbox), legal software (Westlaw, Lexis, Workshare Compare, Clearwell), e-mail/scheduling programs (Outlook), plus virtual meeting/conferencing and collaboration tools (MS Teams, Zoom).


Provides professional in-house legal advice, representation, and assistance on a wide variety of issues and participates in evaluating and developing University policy related to legal matters.

  • Represents the University and its campuses at various types of internal and external meetings, negotiations, proceedings, and other activities

  • Provides legal counsel and guidance to University and campus leadership

  • Assists outside counsel and works as a team with other in-house and college attorneys

  • Provides legal and policy analysis of issues and participates in developing and drafting policy

  • May be assigned to one or more area of legal specialization as detailed below under Campus-Specific information

  • May supervise non-attorney staff and/or student employees

  • Performs other related duties, as assigned


Higher Education Officer




Salary is commensurate with qualifications, 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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Health Plan Coverage for Employees Hired on or after July 1, 2019

City of New York employees and employees of Participating Employers and their eligible dependents hired on or after July 1, 2019 will only be eligible to enroll in the EmblemHealth HIP HMO Preferred Plan and must remain in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first year (365 days) of employment.

After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365th day period. If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day.

Only after the 365th day can the employee participate in any Annual Fall Transfer Period.

An employee who needs to request an exemption from the required enrollment in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan can do so by submitting a HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form to EmblemHealth. An employee, or eligible dependent, must meet certain criteria and the request must be approved by EmblemHealth before the exemption is granted. The HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form and HIP service area are available on the EmblemHealth website.


For full consideration, submit a cover letter and resume online via CUNY's web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined. The direct link to the job opening from external sources is:

Current CUNY employees must apply through CUNYfirst Employee Self Service using your login credentials. After you login to CUNYfirst, navigate to job openings by following the path from the Main Menu: Self Service –>Recruiting Activities –>Careers –>Managerial and Professional


Open until filled. Review of applications will begin September 27, 2021


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


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.