University Counsel - Real Estate & Land Use (501963)

  • California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office
  • Long Beach, California
  • Aug 15, 2021
Full Time Legal Services Real Estate

Job Description


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 and Land Use (RELU). 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.


Administrator III

Position Information

University Counsel - Real Estate and Land Use 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 development. In collaboration with campus-assigned counsel and other attorneys in the Office of General Counsel, the incumbent will provide legal advice and counsel to CSU administrators with respect to Real Estate and Land Use throughout the system. The incumbent will be a subject matter expert in all types of real estate transactions, real estate records, public private partnerships, and public land use matters.


Under the general direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Counsel - Business & Finance, the University Counsel - Real Estate and Land Use will:

-Communicate directly with Chancellor's Office and campus clients, supervisors, and colleagues in the Office of General Counsel.

-Provide full spectrum systemwide RELU legal advice and counsel to the Chancellor's Office and all 23 campuses.

-Provide timely updates to the General Counsel on all significant matters.

-Maintain expertise in real estate and land use laws to serve as an office and systemwide resource.

-Provide and coordinate RELU legal services to the Chancellor's Office and campuses, give advice, and coordinate with others with expertise. The University Counsel is expected to 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 the campuses.

-The University Counsel will be assigned to an office practice team and will assume responsibility for assignments within that team function. May also be assigned responsibility to develop expertise in additional substantive legal areas.

-Serve on Chancellor's Office and systemwide real estate, land use/development, and P3 committees and work groups, as assigned.

-Expected to 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 related legal experience is required (real estate transactional and land use experience).

-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 RELU University Counsel must be licensed in California and be in good standing with the California State Bar.

Preferred Qualifications

-At least ten years of legal, real estate transactional, and land use experience is preferred.

-Experience in real estate financing is preferred, especially as it relates to assessing the quality of private developer bid proposals in P3 transactions.

-Legal experience related to construction law is preferred, including construction, post-construction, and project completion.

-Legal experience with CEQA is preferred, including the adequacy of draft CEQA documents and compliance.

-Legal experience in dealing with local government agencies is preferred.

Application Period

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by August 31, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the job posting is removed.

How To Apply

Please click "Apply Now" to complete the California State University, Chancellor's Office online employment application and upload a cover letter highlighting your legal experience.

In addition, please submit two recent writing samples by email to

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 (562) 951-4070.


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 Administration (SSA).

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.

Title IX

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Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

Long Beach, California 90802 United States View Map