New Job Posting – UCSF Deputy Campus Counsel

Job Summary

The Deputy Campus Counsel’s key responsibilities include the following:

•    Providing legal advice and consultation to the entire campus community in areas which include health care law, business law, employment and other human resource activities, sponsored programs, as well as specialized legal services unique to the academic setting of a university medical center (including education affairs and international research). This includes campus operations based at other locations domestically and abroad, for example: San Francisco General and Mt. Zion Hospitals, the UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program, the UCSF East Bay Medical Education Program, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center, and academic initiatives in non-governmental organizations or branch offices based in Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa and Laos.

•    Providing legal advice for some of the more significant matters handled by the Office including multi-party negotiation and complex transactional work. A representative sample list of subject areas for this type of work follows: compliance, governance and risk management issues, investigative audits, faculty and staff grievance and disciplinary matters, graduate medical education, information technology, IT security, data use, conflict of interest issues, medical staff and house staff matters, student academic and disciplinary matters.  The Deputy Campus Counsel also provides litigation support for attorneys in the University of California Office of the President’s Office of the General Counsel in Oakland as well as retained outside counsel.

•    Providing advice to various campus and medical center committees (standing or ad hoc) as assigned by the Chief Campus Counsel, as well as leadership at UCSF and the Office of the President. All attorneys in the Office are expected to engage in “proactive” lawyering to assist clients in developing policy and processes to reduce risk for legal dispute and promote compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

•    Acting on behalf of the Chief Campus Counsel in her absence. This would involve attending meetings as required, such as the Chancellor’s Cabinet and Executive Committee meetings, providing needed advice and counsel in response to inquiries from campus administrators, the Deans and their respective faculties and staffs. In the absence of the Chief Campus Counsel, the Deputy Campus Counsel will also be responsible for and will direct the activities of the Office generally, including the management of other staff.

•    Under the supervision of the Chief Campus Counsel, coordinating case management of matters being handled by attorneys in the Office and/or retained outside counsel representing the University. In addition to providing consultative, advisory and representative legal services to campus administrators, faculty, and staff, Campus Counsel in the Office of Legal Affairs also responds to inquiries from members of the pubic, and appropriately directs such inquires to other campus departments or outside legal resources as needed.

•    Practices OGC and UCSF’s established values: collaboration, supportive, respectful of differences, and committed to fairness, equity and diversity in all interactions, both within and outside the team.

Department Description

The UCSF Office of Legal Affairs (Office) assists the UCSF community to accomplish its goals in a manner consistent with both law and University policy. As an integral part of the campus community, the Office supports and facilitates the campus’ educational, patient care, research and community service activities by providing legal services in a proactive and responsive manner.

Required Qualifications

•    JD from an accredited law school
•    License – Membership in the California State Bar (out of state candidates will be expected to become full California bar members within 1 year of employment)
•    Minimum 7 or more years of complex, high-level experience after receiving law degree, including 3 or more years’ experience managing/supervising attorneys or staff
•    Extensive experience in the practice of law, including transactional experience; knowledge of employment law
•    Familiarity with legal issues unique to academic institutions and/or academic medical centers
•    Excellent negotiation, legal research, writing and drafting skills
•    Advanced skills in oral communication for presentations to all levels of campus leadership; outstanding interpersonal skill to work with a diverse group of faculty and administrators
•    High level of skill in setting priorities, willingness to be flexible, accomplishing work, and being responsive in a timely manner in a very intense and busy campus legal office
•    Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in alignment with UCSF’s PRIDE values (
•    Excellent judgment and creative problem solving

Preferred Qualifications

•    Extensive knowledge of University and Regental policies and procedures
•    Experience supporting or serving on a board
•    Knowledge of health care law and privacy law
•    Knowledge of information/data security
•    Knowledge of public contracting law
•    Knowledge of international law


•    License – Membership in the California State Bar (out of state candidates will be expected to become full California bar members within 1 year of employment)