DATE: March 7, 2023

TITLE: College General Counsel

CAMPUS: Ammerman Campus in Selden



RANK: Exempt


Announcement is hereby made for the position of College 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, as well as a Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center in Riverhead.


The College General Counsel serves as the chief legal officer and is responsible for managing the college’s legal affairs and providing advice and counsel to the college President, Board of Trustees, administration and staff. The General Counsel reports directly to the President and is a member of the President’s Cabinet. This position oversees and manages the provision of all legal services to the college to ensure that its legal rights are protected and that it operates within the law.

Job Description:

  1. Provides legal counsel and advice to the college on the interpretation of laws, policies, procedures, rules and regulations applicable to the college, including but not limited to laws pertaining to higher education, labor and employment, contracts, grants, freedom of information, open meetings, and general municipal law.


  1. Anticipates and identifies legal issues and counsels the college as to legal strategies and solutions for such issues.


  1. Reviews, researches, interprets and prepares both written and oral opinions on a wide variety of legal issues.


  1. Prepares or reviews all contracts, leases, and other legal documents.


  1. Provides guidance on local, state and federal legislations, statutes, ordinances, etc. that involve or directly impact the college’s policies, procedures or operational practices.


  1. Reviews, approves, and maintains the college’s policies.


  1. Reviews and approves requests for proposals (RFPs) and bid specifications, and any amendments.


  1. Serves as the official college liaison with the Suffolk County Attorney’s Office and, when necessary, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.


  1. Supervises deputy general counsel, outside counsel, and legal affairs staff.


  1. In collaboration with Human Resources, prepares positions and strategies for negotiating collective bargaining agreements and serves on the college’s negotiation team.


  1. Advises on complex employment issues that include disciplinary action, terminations, grievances, and arbitrations.


  1. Prepares resolutions and reviews the meeting agendas and associated materials for college Board of Trustees meetings, and guides Board activities related to institutional governance.


  1. Serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and President’s Council.


  1. Performs such other related duties as directed by the President.



A Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school, and admission to practice law in the State of New York. A minimum of 7 years in a senior legal position or relevant experience in the public or private sector with strong analytical, research, problem solving, written and oral communication and interpersonal skills. Extensive knowledge of state and federal higher education law, including Title IX, due process protections as applicable to student and employee conduct proceedings, the Clery Act, ADA and FERPA compliance, and New York state general municipal law.



Prior representation of institutions of higher education or significant public entities is preferred, as is experience working with outside counsel.


The College 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 College General Counsel is an exempt position; compensation will be based on the College’s exempt salary and benefit plan.

Suffolk County Community College offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision, vacation days, deferred compensation and a defined benefit plan. 

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
(631) 451-4950


Dionne Walker-Belgrave
Affirmative Action Officer/Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Ammerman Campus, NFL Bldg., Suite 230
533 College Road, Selden, New York 11784-2899
(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
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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
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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
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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: or by calling the Office of Admissions at 631-451-4000 to request a mailing.

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