University Counsel - Real Estate, Land Use and Construction
Company: The California State University
Location: Long Beach
Posted on: February 22, 2021
University Counsel - Real Estate, Land Use and Construction
Chancellor's Office Statement
Join our team at the California State University, Office of the
Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher
education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the
position of University Counsel - Real Estate, Land Use and
Construction. The CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the
waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long
Beach, is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most
diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office
offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding
vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program;
membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System
(PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
University Counsel - Real Estate, Land Use and Construction will be
located in the headquarters office in Long Beach, and will be
assigned to work on a systemwide basis with all 23 campuses and the
Chancellor's Office (C.O.), initially spending 50% time on the SDSU
Mission Valley site. In collaboration with campus counsel and all
other attorneys in the Office of General Counsel, the incumbent
will provide legal advice and counsel to CSU administrators with
respect to Real Estate, Land Use and Construction projects
throughout the system. The incumbent will be a subject matter
expert in all types of real estate transactions, real estate
records, public private partnerships, the California Environmental
Quality Act (CEQA), public land use matters, and all phases of
Under the general direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor and
Chief Counsel - Business & Finance, the University Counsel - Real
Estate, Land Use and Construction will:
-Provide and coordinate full spectrum systemwide real estate, land
use, and construction (RELUC) legal advice and counsel to the
Chancellor's Office and all 23 campuses.
-Collaborate with and advise campus and system clients to negotiate
and draft various real estate transaction documents and agreements,
including but not limited to option agreements, exclusive
negotiation agreements, acquisition agreements (donated, purchased,
or transferred to the CSU from other government entities and
private individuals and entities), sale agreements, ground leases,
easements, licenses, facilities use, right of entry permits, with a
specialized focus on complex public-private partnership (P3)
projects, environmental and land use planning, public works
competitive bidding, public works construction projects, and
familiarity with determinations of application of prevailing wage
laws on public works and P3 projects.
-Provide legal assistance to system and campus clients in
negotiations with P3 developers, contractors, consultants, outside
counsel, and other stakeholders on the terms of P3 transactions
most favorable to the CSU.
-Create proposed legal strategies and engage in relationship
building with internal and external stakeholders to obtain support
and approval for complex real estate transactions and construction
-Develop and maintain good communication with systemwide executives
and administrators, campus Presidents, and key campus
administrators, and have a good understanding of the politics and
priorities unique to the CSU and all campuses.
-Communicate directly with Chancellor's Office and campus clients,
including systemwide executives, campus presidents, key campus
administrators, external counsel and consultants, and colleagues in
the Office of General Counsel.
-Provide timely updates to the General Counsel on all significant
-Maintain expertise in real estate, land use, CEQA, and
construction laws to serve as an office and systemwide expert and
-Coordinate with system and campus clients on the adequacy of draft
CEQA documents and CEQA compliance related to campus master plans
and major capital projects as needed.
-Participate in and provide training and education to CSU clients
related to real estate, land use, CEQA, and construction.
-Serve on Chancellor's Office and systemwide real estate, land
use/development, and P3 committees and work groups, as
-Contribute to the mission of the CSU and the Office of General
Counsel and may from time to time be asked to assume
responsibilities outside of their principal functions.
This position requires:
-Admission to the California State Bar; graduation from an ABA
accredited law school.
-Minimum of five years of full-time legal experience is required
and at least ten years of legal, real estate transactional, CEQA,
and construction experience is preferred.
-Superior verbal and written communication skills; and the ability
to develop and implement effective strategies for handling complex
University legal issues.
-Statewide travel is required.
-The RELUC University Counsel must be licensed in California and be
in good standing with the California State Bar.
-Experience in real estate financing is preferred, especially as it
relates to assessing the quality of private developer bid
-Experience in dealing with local government agencies is also
Resumes will be accepted until job posting is removed. Priority
consideration given to candidates who apply by February 18,
How To Apply
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Equal Employment Opportunity
The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not
discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color,
ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender
identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition,
National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status,
or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be
provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who
self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager at
This position requires new hire employment verification to be
processed through the E-Verify program administered by the
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security
If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are
legally authorized to work in the United States.
Mandated Reporter Per CANRA
The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated
reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting
Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in
CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
Conflict of Interest
The duties of this position will include participation in decisions
that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent.
Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict
of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they
first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics
training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training
every other year thereafter.
The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate
successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal
records check) prior to assuming this position.
Please view the Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender
or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator at:
https://www2.calstate.edu/titleix California State University
Office of the Chancellor
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