Initial Review Date (IRD) The Initial Review Date (IRD) for this position is: 07/09/2020
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Dept Marketing Statement The Dean of Students Office at UC Santa Cruz promotes personal development and successful navigation of campus life thereby strengthening the student experience. This is accomplished by facilitating partnerships, developing policies, creating meaningful opportunities, and providing direct support to cultivate a vibrant, healthy, and inclusive UCSC community. The Dean of Students Office envisions a university where every student has limitless opportunities and support to reach their highest goals for themselves and society.
The Student Union Assembly (SUA) is the official undergraduate student government at UC Santa Cruz. The organization represents over 16,000 undergraduate students on the administrative, local, state, and federal level. Founded in 1985 to establish the Banana Slug as our official mascot, the SUA has been dedicated to over three decades of public service to the student body.
The SUA promotes activism, civic participation, discussion, debate, and awareness of public issues from a variety of perspectives and viewpoints. The SUA hosts campus-wide events, rallies, conferences, and educational forums that train students in direct action organizing, representation, and student advocacy.
Involves providing legal advice and counsel to students of the institution, including advising on legal rights, obligations and related matters.
Under the general supervision of the Associate Vice Chancellor/Dean of Students, the Student Legal Services Advisor will use professional concepts to provide legal advice to UCSC students through the Student Union Assembly's housing legal assistance program. This position requires broad knowledge of legal issues in the housing arena with a focus on landlord/tenant law and housing discrimination issues. The Student Legal Services Advisor will exercise independent judgment while working on complex issues where analysis of situations or data is required. Provides guidance and supervision to student intern personnel.
The position will advise students in matters related to off-campus housing not owned, sponsored or operated by the Regents, University of California or its affiliates (hereafter referred to as off-campus housing) and will not include advice for any matters related to off-campus housing or issues that involve student to student conduct or actions. The position will not serve as the attorney of record for the student or serve as the authorized representative of the student in any legal action or dispute.
The Student Legal Services Advisor will have an impact on individual students who will seek counsel regarding legal issues related to off-campus housing that may significantly impact their personal lives and/or their ability to continue making academic progress.
This position is a new position and funded through UCOP's Housing Assistant Fund. The Student Legal Services Advisor will operate under the auspices of the Student Union Assembly (SUA, undergraduate student government) and supervised by the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students. This position is funded for two-years with the possibility of extension.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule Salary Information: $100,000-$115,000/Annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience. Salary proportionate to time worked.
No. of Positions: 1
Benefits Level Eligibility: Full
Work days: to be determined
Shift Includes: Day, Evening, Weekend
Employee Classification: Contract Appointment
Job End Date: 2 years from date of hire with possibility of extension
Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus
Union Representation: None
Job Duties 70% - Student Legal Advising
Uses professional concepts to provide legal information and advice to students related to off-campus housing issues.
Informs and advises students of their rights and responsibilities regarding a variety of housing matters, with a focus on landlord/tenant law.
Performs research for topical or practice areas of housing and landlord/tenant law, analyzes data, and engages with appropriate agencies to help students meet time sensitive deadlines.
Reviews, interprets, and/or drafts documents for students - or helps students draft such documents - (such as housing contracts, lease agreements, eviction notices, housing applications, etc.) to use in their cases. Assists students by facilitating the filing of paperwork electronically with the court (does not serve as an attorney of record).
When appropriate, may assist students in mediating conflicts in off-campus housing situations.
Meets with other practitioners and policy makers when appropriate, for the purpose of preparing for student consultation and advising.
Conducts legal research required to analyze and assess student off-campus housing issues or potential claims.
Assists students by referring them to outside attorneys or resources for further legal action, as appropriate.
20% - Education and Outreach
Works with campus partners such as Basic Needs Programs, Slug Support, Financial Aid, Community Rentals, Resource Centers, academic advising, Counseling and Psychological Services CAPS, Campus Counsel, Dean of Students, Student Union Assembly (SUA), and Student Advocate's Office to find appropriate referrals for students with particular needs related to their legal questions or concerns related to their off-campus housing issues.
Consults and collaborates with community agencies to facilitate services to students related to off-campus housing access and other areas affecting students.
Develops educational and outreach materials for students providing context and general information about off-campus housing, access to off-campus housing, community resources related to off-campus housing, etc. .
Cultivates and maintains a strong network with local landlords and property owners.
10% - Supervision and Mentoring
Supervises and mentors student interns who assist with outreach and advertising of legal services, case intake, and educational workshops.
Required Qualifications JD or other law degree from a State Bar-accredited or American Bar Association-approved law school.
Extensive experience as a legal adviser and/or practicing attorney.
Demonstrated and applied skills in the legal specialty of landlord/tenant practice.
Ability to interpret housing laws and legal precedents and apply to each individual situation.
Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and lead others to achieve goals and objectives.
Excellent written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills to interact effectively with a variety of individuals at various levels.
The ability to effectively engage in complex legal analysis, problem-solving and critical-thinking.
Demonstrated ability to work in a highly collaborative manner with a diverse client group.
Full knowledge with computer applications, document sharing technology and research tools.
Experience writing complex documents including editing and proofreading documents with close attention to details.
High level of cultural fluency and a demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to working through issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and the multiple, intersecting identities of campus community members.
Experience exercising tact and diplomacy, sensitivity and helpfulness when interacting with people from diverse cultural or socio-economic backgrounds.
Experience in conflict resolution, team building, consensus building, and/or restorative justice practices.
To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; https://jobs.ucsc.edu. A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
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