Description:

General Description:
The Staff Attorney / Compliance Officer works to ensure compliance, reporting, and enforcement. Staff Attorney / Compliance Officer will advise and recommend policy and procedure changes based on current and emerging laws and precedents, and assist College in the development, preparation, and review of policies and procedures. Staff Attorney / Compliance Officer works with the General Counsel to Interpret the constitutional, statutory, and regulatory framework in which the College operates and to provide legal and policy advice in a variety of areas affecting the College, including, but not limited to, employment law, student legal issues, intellectual property, real estate, contracts, organizational governance, disabilities, drug-free workplace requirements, computer and information technology issues, copyright issues, civil rights, sexual harassment, fundraising and other areas related to an academic legal environment.

Reports To General Counsel

What position(s) reports to this position?
Shared Administrative Support

Minimum Education/Experience:
  • J.D. or LLB from an ABA-accredited law school is required.
  • License to practice in Oklahoma or licensure within 1 year of beginning employment.
  • Minimum (1) year experience as a practicing attorney or in-house counsel in a similarly complex organization with multiple constituencies.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge:
  • Organizational acumen
  • Higher education law and employment law
  • State government contracting
  • Legislative processes and drafting
  • Risk management
  • Federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Skills:
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Effective analytical skills are required to direct regulatory monitoring.
  • Effective public speaking skills and the
  • Effective interpersonal skills are required to work with College officers and employees as well as third-party vendors and government representatives.
  • Effective organizational and planning skills simultaneously.
  • Strong time management skills
  • Effective writing skills.
  • Strong advocacy skills.
  • Creative problem-solving skills

Abilities:
  • Ability to build consensus.
  • Ability to articulate complex information in understandable terms.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team, managing multiple responsibilities simultaneously.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work with groups of diverse individuals in respectful, equitable, and inclusive ways.
  • Ability to handle a high volume of work.
  • Proven ability to successfully manage and implement new initiatives.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions
Physical/Mental Demands and Working Conditions:
  • The work is sedentary work which requires the person in this position to occasionally exert up to 10 pounds of force to grasp, lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:
  • This position requires the person to frequently communicate with and listen to administration, staff, faculty, students, and others to perform the essential functions of the position; must be able to exchange accurate information in various situations.
  • This position requires the person to frequently move about the office and OCCC campus to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • This position requires the person to frequently remain in a standing and stationary position.
  • This position frequently requires the person to operate a computer, other office equipment, and mobile devices to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • This position requires the person to frequently operate equipment that involves repetitive motions of hands and wrists.
  • This position requires the person to judge, observe, and assess the accuracy, neatness, thoroughness of work assigned or to make general observations.
  • Work is performed in an indoor office setting.
  • Work is performed during normal office hours and works frequent evenings and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in employment law.
  • Experience with Risk Management.
  • Legal experience representing or working in-house for a public college or university, including working knowledge of the higher education legal environment.
  • Experience investigating complex cases, including interviewing witnesses, reviewing evidence, and identifying potential legal issues.
  • Business, risk management, governmental, and/or human resource litigation experience.

Required Training
  • Annual Campus Security Authority (CSA) Training
  • Title IX Training

Job Duties:
Job Duties (Position Specific)
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job functions herein described. Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job description.

Job Duties (Duties Assignment Statement)
  • Responsible for overseeing, monitoring, and assisting the College in its efforts to raise awareness regarding legal and ethical issues and improve compliance training to ensure adherence to the highest standards of conduct.
  • Conduct investigations of compliance complaints in coordination with the applicable College department and/or office.
  • Serve as a resource to the College on matters of compliance.
  • Assist with the correction of compliance concerns; and draft and implement, in coordination with the applicable department, any necessary policies and procedures.
  • Negotiate, prepare, and review contracts and affiliation agreements.
  • Manage the College's responses to open records requests.
  • Perform research and attend meetings about creating new or revisions of existing OCCC policies and procedures.
  • Interact cross-functionally with other divisions (such as internal audit, human resources, finance, operations, and information technology) to coordinate compliance and/or ethics investigations, initiatives, programs, and remediation activities.
  • Develop and/or conduct compliance and ethics training.
  • Independently prepare correspondence, memorandum, notes, reports, pleadings, subpoenas, affidavits, legal briefs, and other documents in compliance with College policies and federal, state, and local court requirements.
  • Respond to Oklahoma Open Records Act requests, including but not limited to, communicating with various OCCC departments to determine what records exist and identifying relevant exceptions to disclosure under the Act.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive issues and information and exercise discretion in dealing with sensitive or potentially sensitive topics.
  • Perform research and interpret state, federal, and local laws and regulations on various topics as assigned by General Counsel.
  • At the direction of the General Counsel, assist with the College's risk management responsibilities, including securing appropriate insurance policies, responding to claims, and providing appropriate training to OCCC employees.
  • Evaluate and respond to potential legal claims under the supervision of the General Counsel.
  • Submit periodic reports to the General Counsel regarding compliance activities.
  • Perform additional job-related duties as assigned or as appropriate.

Job Duties (Safety / Policy & Procedures)
  • Abide by the policies and procedures published in the Board of Regents and College Policies & Procedures.
  • Contribute to a safe educational & working environment.
  • Adhere to established safety and health procedures and practices for the purpose of providing injury and illness prevention for self and others.
  • Complete quarterly health and safety training pursuant to OCCC's established safety and health procedures and practices.
  • Participate in all applicable OCCC emergency, evacuation, shelter in place drills, and be prepared to take action and assist others in taking appropriate action should a health or safety emergency occur.
  • This position has been identified as having significant responsibility for student and campus activities; is designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA); and is required to report crimes they become aware of to the Reporting Structure at Oklahoma City Community.