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University Associate General Counsel (Construction)

City University of New York


The Office of the General Counsel & Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs provides legal counsel to the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, and the University on a wide range of issues. The University Associate General Counsel in the Commercial Unit (Construction) provides in-house legal counsel on construction matters and must have demonstrated and extensive experience in a broad array of construction transactional projects, construction procurement, and construction litigation, particularly in the public sector, contract negotiation, drafting, and compliance. The principal university division that this position will provide services to is Facilities Planning and Construction Management, which manages CUNY's $3 billion capital construction program.



J.D. and eight years of related experience as a practicing attorney required. Membership in New York State Bar required.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • at least 10 years of commercial construction litigation experience preferred
  • significant construction expertise - demonstrated and extensive experience in a broad array of real estate projects, including construction projects, contracting and procurement, particularly in the public sector
  • legal expertise in one or more of the following additional areas: commercial transactions; regulatory compliance; public procurement (particularly New York State public procurement); and grant agreements and inter-governmental agreements.

The successful candidate also will demonstrate:

  • strong analytical, evaluation, and research skills
  • exceptional writing and interpersonal communication skills
  • strong negotiation, contract drafting, conflict resolution, and client counseling skills
  • highly developed interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work well within a diverse environment
  • significant experience interpreting laws and drafting and interpreting organizational regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines
  • ability to produce results as an individual contributor and part of a team
  • ability to work effectively, collaboratively, and cooperatively with diverse stakeholders, constituents, and clients of various levels
  • ability to take initiative, exercise discretion and tact, and use sound judgment to give advice and make decisions
  • strong organizational skills with the ability to establish plans, manage a large workload and multiple assignments, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced office
  • proficiency using standard office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint) and legal research software (Westlaw, Lexis)


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


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Salary is commensurate with qualifications 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.


For full consideration, submit a cover letter and résumé online via CUNY's web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined.

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Open until filled; the review of applications will begin February 17, 2018.


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.