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Assistant General Counsel

Western Governors University

Application Process: Interested candidates are asked to submit a résumé and cover letter to Andres Betts, Recruiting Partner, at

Western Governors University seeks to fill the position of Assistant General Counsel. Reporting directly to the General Counsel, the Assistant GC will provide a wide-range of legal services to a large, nonprofit and technically adept distance education institution.  Independently, and with direction from the General Counsel, the Assistant GC will manage multiple, unrelated matters concurrently and work with university administrators and faculty in support of the University’s mission to improve quality and expand access to post-secondary educational opportunities.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist the General Counsel in a wide variety of legal matters including laws, regulations and trends pertaining to employment, civil rights, privacy, cybersecurity, student justice, consumer protection, intellectual property and other matters  
  • Assist the General Counsel to strengthen University processes and policies
  • Assist the General Counsel in evaluating legal claims as well as management of the University’s insurance portfolio and other risk management activities
  • Draft, review, and negotiate contracts for a variety of business transactions to align with University standards and business goals
  • Conduct internal investigations and respond to state and federal agency complaints; mediate claims; manage outside counsel and insurance obligations.
  • Collaborate with University departments to develop and deliver compliance-related training.
  • Perform other duties as required.  ​

Required Skills

  • Ability to build relationships and influence at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Ability to accurately prioritize and respond to issues and requests
  • Ability to identify practical solutions that combine legal considerations with institutional needs Ability to think creatively and offer quick and informed opinions
  • Sound independent judgment and professional integrity
  • Prompt and effective analytical, research and writing skills
  • Prompt development of knowledge in a wide range of legal areas
  • Ability to monitor and resolve multiple, concurrent matters
  • Ability to develop and deliver effective presentations and training
  • Ability to coach and develop other legal department staff

Required Experience

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school  
  • Licensed and in good standing to practice law in Utah, or admissible at the earliest opportunity, and no later than one year from the position start date
  • 7-10 years' experience in active law practice with increasingly progressive responsibilities
  • Significant employment law experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Significant in-house counsel experience
  • Litigation experience
  • Prior experience in higher-education or non-profit organizations
  • Understanding of federal higher education policy and industry trends
  • Previous experience managing one or more direct reports

Location: Salt Lake City, UT. Relocation assistance is available.

Salary: The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget constraints, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Application Process: Interested candidates are asked to submit a résumé and cover letter to Andres Betts, Recruiting Partner, at