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General Counsel

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Position Type: Full-Time
Location: Elgin, IL
Experience Level: Senior-Level
Categories: Administrator
Role: General Counsel


About ECC:

Elgin Community College serves over 9,000 students at every stage of their educational journeys, including university transfer programs, career and technical education, continuing education classes, and adult basic education. As a community, we pride ourselves on nurturing a welcoming campus where every person—students, staff members, faculty members, and campus visitors—feels valued. The work of each ECC employee is central to the college’s mission, and as an employer, the college fosters a positive environment through professional challenges, excellent benefits, and opportunities for recognition and camaraderie.

Work Schedule:

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday

Rate of Pay:

Based on qualifications

FLSA Status:


Grant Funded:


Job Summary:

The incumbent in this position serves as the chief legal advisor for the College. The General Counsel provides legal advice and guidance to the College President, Board of Trustees and other members of the College Cabinet.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited U.S. law school and current license to practice in the State of Illinois, or eligibility to apply for admission at the time of application.
  2. Ten years progressively responsible experience in higher education or public sector law
  3. Three years of experience managing professional level staff
  4. Comprehensive legal research and writing skills
  5. Comprehensive knowledge of applicable regulations, laws and statutes governing higher education in the State of Illinois
  6. Comprehensive negotiation skills
  7. Considerable skills establishing internal and external relationship
  8. Considerable skill managing the work of professional level staff

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Previous work experience with higher education with specialization in employment law and contract review

Essential Duties:

  1. Receive and respond to inquiries from College administrators, employees and/or others involved in college operations including, but limited to matters such as employment practices, student affairs, insurance and risk management, federal and state funding guidelines, contracts and other College policies and procedures.
  2. Perform legal research and analysis with regard to a wide range of legislative, regulatory and other institutional matters and present findings to the President, Cabinet and Board of Trustees.
  3. Advise College administration on matters of compliance with state and federal regulations and make recommendation for corrective actions as needed.
  4. Participate in the development of policies and administrative procedures.
  5. Advise and assist the Purchasing Department with contract review and standardization, including contracts, agreements and memoranda of understating (MOU’s).
  6. Advise and assist the Human Resources Department with matters related to employment law, employment policies, and benefits administration.
  7. Manage the engagement of outside legal counsel and serve as the liaison between College departments, vendors and government agencies as needed.
  8. Inform staff of changes to legislation, Board Policy, Administrative procedures and other issues impacting operations.
  9. Provide other forms of legal representation for the College as needed.

Other Duties:

  1. Perform other job-related duties as assigned which pertain to the job description.

Physical Demands:

Sedentary (up to 10 lbs occasionally, sitting most of the time)

Visual Acuity:

Close visual acuity (e.g. computer, assembly)

Work Environment:

Quiet conditions

Environmental Conditions:

Typical office or administrative

Current SSECCA Union Member Information:

Elgin Community College Support Staff Association (SSECCA) members that apply by 09/03/2019 and meet the posted minimum qualifications will receive full consideration.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Elgin Community College does not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination, against any member of its community on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender/gender identity, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law in matters of admissions, employment, or in any aspect of the educational programs or activities it offers.

In addition, Elgin Community College provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to ensure equal access and equal opportunities with regard to employment practices, educational opportunities, and programs and services. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the College’s EEO/AA Officer. Determinations on request for a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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