Associate General Counsel for FAMU in Tallahassee, FL

Monday, September 28, 2020 3:56 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

Associate General Counsel

Position Vacancy Announcement

Job ID:  3180

LocationTallahassee, FL - Main Campus

Full/Part Time:  Full-Time

Regular/Temporary:  Regular

The Division of Legal Affairs is pleased to announce the acceptance of a qualified applications for the Associate General Counsel vacancy in the Office of the General Counsel.


The Associate General Counsel and Director of Labor Relations (AGC) represents the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees (FAMU) in all legal proceedings in State and Federal Courts, and various administrative agencies of Federal and State Government. The AGC shall be familiar with administrative operations of the University.  This responsibility includes the preparation of all pleadings associated with Federal and State court litigation and all other proceedings before courts or agencies.  The AGC is also responsible for the preparation and/or review of most documents or instruments of legal character, e.g., contracts, leases, bid specifications, letters of agreement, and the like, in all areas of the University operations, including academic program administration, administrative affairs, student affairs, and University direct support organizations.  The AGC participates in the review, preparation, interpretation, and implementation of a wide range of institutional policy statements, regulations, rules, and opinions, including those related to the use of University facilities, and rules regarding ownership of and rights in materials subject to copyright or patent.  The AGC is otherwise responsible for the interpretation of the State and Federal laws, rules and regulations; and the rules and regulations of the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees, insofar as they affect any internal operation of the University.  The AGC is responsible to advise key University officials regarding the application of said laws, rules and regulations.

In this position, the AGC shall provide legal advice and services on a wide variety of legal matters for FAMU and affiliated entities with a primary emphasis on:  labor and employment, human resources, employment matters related to academic units, investigations, training, and dispute resolutions, including, without limitation represention of FAMU in litigation, grievances, mediations and arbitrations, in administrative and court proceedings; collective bargaining matters; immigration matters; civil rights, equal employment and ADA matters; and employment contracts.  The AGC will assist outside counsel retained on behalf of FAMU.  The AGC will also be responsible for legal and regulatory aspects of University compliance matters, for conflicts of interest and ethics opinions/matters, and for the development of policies, regulations, and rules in labor and employment, and other division, department and program specific policies. Additionally, the AGC will assist with student and academic affairs related litigation.

The AGC shall also: Manage the labor relations program for the University by analyzing the collective bargaining agreements and developing interpretation of intent, and terms of contract to counsel management in the development and application of labor relations policies and practices; prepare reports of the types and frequency of actions taken concerning grievances, arbitrations, mediations, and related labor relations activities to identify problem areas as required; verify adherence to terms of labor contract by monitoring day-to-day implementation of policies concerning wages, hours, and working conditions; represent FAMU in labor contract negotiations or serve as resource to negotiators by providing information on provisions of current contracts and the significance of proposed changes; furnish reference documents and statistical data concerning labor legislation, labor market conditions, prevailing union and management practices, wage and salary surveys, and employee benefits programs for labor contract negotiations; apprise the Board of Trustees and central administrative officers of the application of State and Federal laws, rules and regulations, and the rules, policies, procedures and regulations of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors impacting University operations concerning employment and labor matters; serve as Step Two Reviewer, as appropriate and needed; assist outside counsel as appropriate in labor relations matters; and Perform other related duties as assigned by the President or the General Counsel and Associate General Counsel (Deputy).

Minimum Qualifications

A J.D. degree from an ABA Accredited Institution; member of the Florida Bar in good standing; actively engaged in the practice of law for a minimum of two years as a licensed attorney.

Recommended Competencies

  • Effective Communication - Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing;
  • Information Compilation - Advanced ability to gather, interpret, report, and/or edit information;
  • Laws, Rules & Regulations - Knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply related federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations;
  • Trend Analysis - Ability to identify trends, predict impact of actions on system operations, detect discrepancies in the function of an organization, and take necessary action to correct performance;
  • University Policy - Knowledge of and the ability to interpret and apply related University policies, procedures, principles, and practices; and
  • Working Relationships - Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Preferred Qualifications

The incumbent must have at least 7 (seven) years of experience as a practicing attorney, and demonstrated ability to handle litigation matters.

Pay Plan

This is an Administrative and Professional (A&P) position.

Conditions of Employment

Successful candidate is subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks and verification of education. An official college transcript, a high school diploma, or other educational documents must be submitted, where applicable, at the time of employment.

Only United States (U.S.) citizens or aliens who have a legal right to work in the U.S. are eligible for employment. Federal law requires proof of your authorization to work in the United States. You will be required to provide proof of your identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of employment.

Section 110.1128, Florida Statutes, prohibits employment by the State (including re-hire after a break in service) of any male born after October 1, 1962, who failed to register with the Selective Service System, under the provisions of the U.S. Military Selective Service Act, during the person’s period of eligibility (ages 18 through 25). Additionally, if currently employed by the State, this law prohibits the promotion of such person. You may be required to provide documentation.

How To Apply

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history and education details even if attaching a resume. If you are a current FAMU employee, you must apply through Self Service in iRattler. This search is being conducted under Florida law, including the Sunshine law and Public Records law.

Reasonable Accommodation

If you require a reasonable accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADAA), please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs at (850) 599-3076 at least ten (10) days prior to the start of the event. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the University by calling TDD via FRS (800) 955-8771.

Equal Opportunity/Access

Florida A&M University is an Equal Opportunity Employer including minorities, women, Veterans' and individuals with disabilities.

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