General Counsel

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The Chancellor and Governing Board of the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) invite applications and nominations for the position of General Counsel. The General Counsel serves as the chief legal officer of MCCCD, provides leadership and direction for the Office of General Counsel, and delivers a high level of professional legal counsel on a broad range of issues to the Chancellor, Governing Board, and MCCCD leadership to support the achievement of core academic and administrative objectives.

The Maricopa County Community College District is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative community college systems. Popularly known as the Maricopa Community Colleges, MCCCD is comprised of 10 individually accredited colleges and 31 satellite locations serving approximately 100,000 students annually and employing over 10,000 faculty and staff. Since its founding in 1962, the Maricopa Community Colleges system has continued to be an essential resource for local communities in the Greater Phoenix Metro Area and a gateway to affordable higher education, particularly for disadvantaged, diverse, and first-generation students. It offers over 600 associate degree and certificate programs and will begin offering baccalaureate degrees in the Fall 2023 semester.

The General Counsel reports directly to the Chancellor and has a dotted line reporting relationship to the Governing Board. They will be an accomplished attorney and leader with absolute integrity, demonstrate excellent and seasoned judgment, and serve as a key member of the Chancellor’s leadership team to advance the strategic direction of MCCCD.

The Office of General Counsel provides and coordinates a full range of legal services and advice to MCCCD on legal issues arising in the context of higher education including, but not limited to, education law, risk management, Title IX, Clery Act, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, academic affairs and freedom of speech, student affairs, intellectual property, real property and construction, governance and parliamentary procedure, data security and privacy, public records/information, ethics and conflicts of interest, fiscal accountability, employment law, and other legal matters. The Office is comprised of five full-time attorneys (including the General Counsel) and six full-time staff members, with two open staff positions. It has an operational   budget of $2.4 million.

Minimum requirements include: Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited U.S. Law School; admitted to practice law in Arizona or be eligible and admitted within one year of employment; minimum of 10 years of broad general legal practice, including increasingly responsible experience at a senior level in a public, nonprofit, or private setting; and strong written and verbal communications skills.

Preferred requirements and additional information about MCCCD can be found in the leadership profile above.

Nominations and Applications

For best consideration, application materials should be received by May 9, 2022.  The search will remain open until an appointment is made.

To apply for the General Counsel position, candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • A letter of interest (not to exceed five pages) that addresses the leadership opportunities in the profile;
  • A resume or curriculum vitae; and
  • Contact information for four references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date).

Application materials should be sent to:

Nominations and expressions of interest are encouraged. Please direct them to:

or to:

Kimberly Templeton, J.D., Principal, / (540) 761-9494

Carlos Hernandez, Ph.D., Executive Search Consultant, / (253) 861-7738

Anne Hoffman, Executive Search Associate, / (805) 490-9161

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) will not discriminate, nor tolerate discrimination in employment or education, against any applicant, employee, or student because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status (including document abuse), age, disability, veteran status or genetic information.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” The policy of the MCCCD is to provide an educational, employment, and business environment free of gender discrimination. As outlined in policy, incidents of misconduct should be reported to the college Title IX Coordinator; contact information is available at this link Title IX Coordinators.

The Clery Act is a Federal law requiring United States Colleges and Universities to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. Crime reporting data for each of the Maricopa Community Colleges, as required under the Clery Act, is available at this link Clery Act.