Job Announcement: Vice Chancellor, Legal Affairs, UCLA and Associate General Counsel

March 18, 2016

Vice Chancellor, Legal Affairs, UCLA and Associate General Counsel

The University of California, Los Angeles and the Office of the General Counsel of The Regents of the University of California invite inquiries, applications and nominations for the position of Vice Chancellor, Legal Affairs, UCLA and Associate General Counsel.

This position reports jointly to the UCLA Chancellor and to the General Counsel of the University of California, and is a member of the University’s Office of General Counsel.  The Vice Chancellor, Legal Affairs and Associate General Counsel is chief legal counsel at UCLA, heads UCLA’s Office of Legal Affairs, and also oversees the Ombuds Office at UCLA.  He/she provides legal counsel to the UCLA Chancellor, as well as legal services to academic and administrative units at UCLA.  He/she also advises the General Counsel for the University on the legal trends and needs of the UCLA campus and assists the General Counsel in advocating and representing the interests of The Regents, the governing board of the University.  In addition to his/her lawyering and management responsibilities, the Vice Chancellor serves as a member of the Chancellor’s senior management team, working collaboratively with – and serving as advisor and counselor to – the Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost, other vice chancellors, deans and department chairs.  The Vice Chancellor serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Executive Committee and Council of Vice Chancellors, among others, and works collaboratively with counsel on other campuses and in the central law office in Oakland.

The successful candidate must possess demonstrated skills and experience necessary to provide sophisticated legal advice and counsel reflecting sound judgment, and offer substantive in-depth legal knowledge and expertise in areas such as contracts, labor and employment law, real estate development, land use, intellectual property and healthcare law.  This individual must also possess the fiscal and human resources management skills necessary to lead UCLA’s Office of Legal Affairs.  He/she must be energetic and possess excellent communication and management skills along with superior academic qualifications.  Given the considerable number of significant matters that pertain to the business and administrative aspects of campus operations, extensive experience in these areas is desirable.  The particular environment of public higher education requires flexibility, creativity, judgment, integrity and comfort dealing with a broad array of legal and policy matters; the successful candidate should also be prepared to learn the extensive policies and procedures of the University and demonstrate a commitment to the mission and core values of the institution, with the capability and breadth to contribute beyond the core legal function.  Minimum requirements include membership in the California Bar and at least twelve years of relevant experience.

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. To be ensured full consideration, email a letter of interest and resume to UCLA’s Korn Ferry search consultants at by Friday, June 3, 2016. Inquiries and nominations may be addressed to John Amer, senior client partner, at All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity, and seeks candidates committed to a campus climate that supports equity and inclusion.