General Counsel

Colorado Mountain College

Position Opening: General Counsel


Colorado Mountain College is a comprehensive, property tax-supported, district community college that also grants bachelor’s degrees. Through its 11 learning locations grouped into seven physical campuses, as well as via distance learning, CMC serves the educational needs of a population spread across 12,000 square miles of the picturesque north-central Colorado Rocky Mountains.

In 2012, the College was named by as one of the nation’s Top 20 community colleges in achieving student success. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Education ranked Colorado Mountain College as the country’s third most affordable public college offering bachelor’s degrees. Colorado Mountain College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The college has been offering classes since 1967.

The Position

Colorado Mountain College invites applications for the position of General Counsel. The incumbent reports to the Chief Operating Officer & Chief of Staff who in turn reports to the President of the College. Representing seven campuses and a central administrative office, the Executive Office at Colorado Mountain College is fast-paced, high-volume work place. Central Services in Glenwood Springs is the main administrative office for the College. The General Counsel will be required to: (1) avoid or solve problems by developing practical solutions informed by legal considerations and policy objectives, as well as political, public relations, and programmatic considerations; (2) provide legal advice and support to CMC employees throughout the college’s service area and to the CMC Board of Trustees; (3) coordinate support from outside counsel, and (4) manage college projects and provide staff training in areas that have a legal component.

Qualified applicants must be able to: (1) work with all college sites and administrators; (2) interact professionally and knowledgeably with the college’s external constituencies and other entities; (3) handle multiple unrelated matters concurrently, rapidly, and accurately; (4) work in the evening and on weekends; (5) work cooperatively with and manage civil litigation conducted by outside counsel.

The General Counsel will serve as an advisor on a broad range of issues both site-specific and collegewide in scope. The ongoing legal business of the College involves a broad array of services in connection with contracts, real estate and tax matters, labor and employment issues, student affairs and related conduct issues, legislative and compliance matters, risk management, finance, intellectual property, and grants management. It is the responsibility of the General Counsel to work across College divisions and campuses and to handle contract, personnel, student affairs, and general business legal matters.

The General Counsel is expected to be able to defend the College before state and federal agencies.

Required Qualifications:

  • Law degree from an accredited institution.
  • At least four years of experience as a practicing attorney.
  • Admitted to Colorado state bar or immediately admissible by reciprocity.
  • Demonstrated analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills;
  • Superb professional judgment.
  • High ethical standards.
  • A commitment to diversity and the ability to work with divergent personalities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working on behalf of an institution of higher education or a large governmental entity.
  • Experience in defense of agency proceedings.
  • Experience with labor and employment law.
  • Experience with public law matters.
  • Experience with Colorado education law highly desirable.

Compensation is competitive and will take into consideration the successful candidate’s qualifications. For salary range and additional information: View/download position description: General Counsel

Application Process

Apply Online To be considered, applicants must submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a list of three references. The cover letter should specifically describe the applicant’s interest in the position and in Colorado Mountain College. Compensation is competitive and will take into consideration the successful candidates qualifications. A full range of excellent benefits is provided.

Review of application material will begin August 15, 2014. To ensure consideration, please apply by August 15, 2014.

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Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversifying its workforce.