The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Suffolk County Community College, scheduled for Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the Learning Resource Center on the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood, NY, has been changed in accordance with Chapter 417 of the Laws of 2021, amending NY Public Officers Law, Article 7 (the Open Meetings Law), and the following specifications: --- The meeting shall be held on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. both in-person and via Zoom. --- IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE: Members of the public may attend the meeting in-person in the Board Room of the Learning Resource Center (LRC), Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood, NY. In-person attendees, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks/face-coverings and adhere to social distancing guidelines within the LRC. Please note that reduced building occupancy requirements limit in-person attendance to no more than 38 attendees. --- REMOTE ATTENDANCE: Members of the public may view and/or listen to the meeting by utilizing the following URL link or telephone option: Zoom URL: https://sunysuffolk-edu.zoom.us/j/89054475604?pwd=dzlZSVNzeEYrWkovZFdwT1JTNVBYZz09 Or Telephone: 1-646-558-8656 Meeting ID: 890 5447 5604 (When asked for a participant ID, enter #) Passcode: 927331 --- The meeting will be recorded and a transcript of the meeting will be made available to the public at a later date. --- Should you have any questions concerning this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the College’s Office of Legal Affairs.

SCCC REFERENCE #: 21-58

DATE: September 15, 2021

TITLE: College Deputy General Counsel

CAMPUS: College/Ammerman Campus in Selden

START DATE: ASAP

TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: Exempt

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Announcement is hereby made for the appointment of College Deputy General Counsel.   This is a full-time, 12-month position. Suffolk County Community College is an open admissions institution committed to serving a diverse student population in a variety of degree and career programs.

Suffolk is the largest community college in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, enrolling more than 22,000 students at its three campuses in Selden, Brentwood, and Riverhead.  College locations also include a Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center in Riverhead and the Sayville Downtown Center.

 

Job Description:

 

The College Deputy General Counsel performs legal services such as research, policy review, legal audits, contract reviews and compliance training.  The College Deputy General Counsel reports to the College General Counsel and may perform the duties of the College General Counsel in his/her absence.  The successful candidate must be capable of working independently, while remaining integrated within a dynamic team, be an excellent communicator and be willing to develop new areas of sub-specialty, as needs may arise. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellent judgment, collegiality and multi-tasking skills.  The primary responsibilities of this position are as follows:

 

  • Conducts research and prepares memoranda on legal, administrative and policy issues arising at the College.
  • Assists in factual and legal preparation for the defense and prosecution of lawsuits, including conducting preliminary assessments of cases, locating and researching files related to the cases, interviewing College staff, assisting in the preparation of discovery responses and attending depositions and court proceedings.
  • Assists in the preparation of contracts, leases, memoranda of understanding and grant agreements to be entered into by the College.
  • At the direction of the College General Counsel, conducts legal audits of various College operations.
  • Participates in the development and review of College policies and procedures.
  • Reviews requests for proposals, bids and purchasing methods, as assigned by the College General Counsel.
  • Assists in the preparation of positions and strategies for negotiating collective bargaining agreements.
  • In collaboration with Human Resources, facilitates and manages employee disciplinary matters, including conducting investigations, preparing written charges, attending disciplinary meetings and hearings, and recommending disciplinary action.
  • Partners with Human Resources and with the College’s Chief Diversity Officer to prepare materials for, and conduct, compliance training.
  • Assists in the preparation of materials for Board of Trustees meetings.
  • Stays current on local, state and federal legislation, statutes, ordinances, etc. that impact the College.
  • Attends administrative hearings, arbitrations and court proceedings, as directed by the College General Counsel.
  • Provides advice and recommendations to College offices and departments on a variety of legal issues impacting College operations, and its faculty, staff and students.   
  • Works collaboratively with the County of Suffolk and the State of New York on matters of mutual interest.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the College General Counsel.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum Qualifications:

 

A law degree from an accredited law school, admission to practice in the State of New York and at least three years relevant experience in the public or private sector with significant experience in general municipal law, public bidding and RFP processes, public sector labor and employment law, commercial contracts and leases, ability to conduct administrative hearings, conduct research and prepare memoranda, ability to evaluate legal claims, excellent writing skills.

 

Demonstrated success in progressive responsibilities, including attention to innovative problem solving, initiative and reliability.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively interact with campus and other administrative units and personnel.

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to work independently while effectively keeping supervisors and colleagues informed and engaged.  Excellent problem-solving skills and demonstrated ability to address difficult and complex issues.  Strong interpersonal skills demonstrating courtesy, diplomacy and a collaborative approach that reflect a commitment to providing effective legal services.

 



HIRING SALARY:

The College Deputy General Counsel is an exempt position; compensation will be based on the College's exempt salary and benefit plan.  We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision, vacation days, deferred compensation and a defined benefit plan.

 

The New York State Retirement and Social Security Law requires retirees of a public pension plan within the State or City of New York to disclose prior public employment and pension plan history for the purpose of establishing a retiree's eligibility for employment.



NON-DISCRIMINATION NOTICE:
Suffolk County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, equal pay compensation-sex, national origin, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction or disability in its admissions, programs and activities, or employment. This applies to all employees, students, applicants or other members of the College community (including, but not limited to, vendors and visitors). Grievance procedures are available to interested persons by contacting either of the Civil Rights Compliance Officers/Coordinators listed below. Retaliation against a person who files a complaint, serves as a witness, or assists or participates in the investigation of a complaint in any manner is strictly prohibited.

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the College's non-discrimination polices:

Civil Rights Compliance Officers
Christina Vargas
Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator
Ammerman Campus, NFL Bldg., Suite 230
533 College Road, Selden, New York 11784-2899
vargasc@sunysuffolk.edu
(631) 451-4950

or

Dionne Walker-Belgrave
Affirmative Action Officer/Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Ammerman Campus, NFL Bldg., Suite 230
533 College Road, Selden, New York 11784-2899
walkerd@sunysuffolk.edu
(631) 451-4051

In an emergency, contact Public Safety to make a report 24 hours a day/7 days a week by calling (631) 451-4242 or dialing 311 from any College phone.

Inquiries or complaints concerning alleged civil rights violations in the College’s education admissions, programs and activities may also be directed to:

Office for Civil Rights (OCR) – Enforcement Office
U.S. Department of Education
32 Old Slip, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10005-2500
Telephone: (646) 428-3800
Fax: (646) 428-3843
TDD: (877) 521-2172
Email: OCR.NewYork@ed.gov
Also see: https://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm

Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination in employment practices may also be directed to:

NYS Division of Human Rights
Long Island (Suffolk)
New York State Office Building
250 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 2B-49
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Telephone: (631) 952-6434
TDD: (718) 741-8300
Email: InfoLongIsland@dhr.ny.gov
Also see: https://dhr.ny.gov/how-file-complaint

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
New York District Office
33 Whitehall Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Telephone: (800) 669-4000
Fax: (212) 336-3790
TTY: (800) 669-6820
ASL Video Phone: (844) 234-5122
Also see: https://www.eeoc.gov/field/newyork/charge.cfm

Suffolk County Community College is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal opportunity and non-discrimination in employment, education, access to services, programs, and activities, including career and technical education opportunities.

A copy of the postsecondary career and technical education courses offered by the College is available and may be obtained on our website at: www.sunysuffolk.edu/explore-academics/college-catalog or by calling the Office of Admissions at 631-451-4000 to request a mailing.

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