Information & Responsibilities
Company: California Institute of the Arts is renowned internationally as a game-changer in the education of professional artists. The transformative cultural impact of its alumni over the past half-century shows why: CalArts brings out creative talent unlike any other university, school or conservatory. Founded by Walt and Roy Disney, CalArts offers degree programs across the full range of the visual, performing, media and literary arts through its six schools.
Experience: The successful candidate will have a background in the legal representation of academic institutions with a preference for at least 5 years of experience advising academic institutions either in an in-house or outside counsel capacity.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Supports the Institute's functions and business through the delivery of legal support and guidance.
- Provides advice on legal matters, issues, and policies.
- Work closely with the President, Board of Trustees and others on governance and regulatory matters.
- Work collaboratively with many offices on campus with sensitivity to the organizational culture and decision-making processes at a small arts college.
- Reviews and advises Institute policies, procedures, and handbooks including drafts of new policies, procedures, and handbooks and advises faculty and staff on the same.
- Provides counsel to faculty and staff regarding proposed or existing Institute contracts; reviews all proposed Institute contracts as called for in Institute policy.
- Identifies and manages legal risk consistent with Institute priorities defined by the Trustees, as delegated to the President in management of her/his team.
- Provides leadership and support for the Institute's IDEA goals and values.
- Establishes a clearly understood framework for legal policies within the Office of Legal Affairs
- Recommends operational and policy changes necessitated by legislative mandates; develops alternative policies to enable the Institute to accomplish its objectives.
- Determines the need for and delivers legal services, including representation with respect to claims, litigations, and proceedings, to the Institute and all its divisions, units, departments, and any future owned or controlled affiliates (including arranging for and overseeing the delivery of such legal services by other attorneys employed by the Institute or by independent counsel engaged by the General Counsel for the benefit of the Institute).
- Manages the delivery and costs of needed legal services and the budgets and other resources of the Institute provided for legal services. Screens and selects outside counsel and refers matters to outside counsel when appropriate. Facilitates direct communications between administrators and outside counsel when it increases efficiency, while maintaining budget control and supervision.
- Manages and oversees the Office of Legal Affairs, including its budget. Makes employment decisions about and supervises any employees in the Office.
- Functions as an integral partner within the senior leadership team.
- Ensures the Institute operates within the appropriate legal governance framework.
- Provides training and training materials on legal issues to appropriate constituencies when education is helpful to maintain or further Institute objectives. Educates, advises, and counsels faculty, staff, and students to reduce or transfer risks.
- Defends the Institute before state and federal agencies as appropriate. Works closely with outside lawyers on litigation involving the Institute in federal and state courts and in administrative agencies.
- Provides legal support for CalArts’s involvement in idea and venture creation, including technology transfer and intellectual property agreements involving the Institute and its faculty, students, and alumni.
- J.D. from an accredited law school.
- Current membership in good standing in the California State bar or the ability to become a member within 12 months of employment.
Personal Traits and Attributes
- The highest standard of personal ethics and integrity, and a sense of humor.
- Superb analytical, research, writing, advocacy and problem-solving skills;
- The ability to inspire trust, communicate effectively, and build relationships across all Institute constituencies;
- A desire to work as part of a senior management team and possessing the emotional intelligence to make the teamwork stronger together when compared to the sum of all individual member’s work;
- An understanding of, and interest in, the legal and regulatory challenges facing higher education;
- A sophisticated ability to understand and manage risk and compliance issues;
- Exceptional interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills;
- A commitment to and appreciation for the importance of diversity and inclusion in higher education;
- Effective critical thinking including a high level of analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to solve problems proactively and pragmatically.
How to Apply
Submit a resume in Microsoft Word format with a letter describing your interest and relevant skills addressed to:
No calls, please. You will be required to complete additional documents and undergo assessments to be considered for this position.
Equity & Diversity
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking. Across the range of practitioners from artists to scholars and librarians, we welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer.
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.