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General Counsel

Appalachian State University

Complete an online application and submit a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references at:

Appalachian State University is seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of General Counsel.  Appalachian is a constituent institution within the sixteen-campus University of North Carolina System. 

Appalachian is strongly committed to inclusion and creating a diverse campus culture of inclusive excellence. We value diversity as the expression of human similarities and differences, as well as the importance of a living and learning environment conducive to knowledge, respect, acceptance, understanding and global awareness.


Reporting directly to the university Chancellor, the General Counsel serves as the chief campus legal advisor to the Chancellor, Board of Trustees, executive officers and other senior academic and administrative officers on a broad range of laws, regulations and policies that impact the institution. As a member of the Chancellor’s leadership team, the General Counsel is responsible for working with leaders across the University to identify, describe, and appropriately address risk and compliance matters. The General Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice and representation on matters related to the university’s activities and programs.  The General Counsel formulates legal solutions to issues impacting the university. This may include, but is not limited to: grants and contracts, real estate transactions and issues, federal and state regulations, academic freedom and tenure, due process and First Amendment matters, campus security, equal employment and personnel laws, nondiscrimination statutes, university policies, student matters, records, housing and financial aid, Title IX compliance, FERPA, charitable gifts and intellectual property issues including university-stakeholder interactions (corporations, funding agencies, federal and state government, philanthropic organizations, etc.)

Additional responsibilities of the position include:

  • Managing the Office of General Counsel’s operations, including supervising office legal staff, and prioritizing, assigning and overseeing departmental workload.
  • Reviewing policies, procedures, contracts, grants and license agreements for compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Representing the university in a variety of administrative and legal proceedings.
  • Coordinating with the University of North Carolina system Office of Legal Affairs on significant policy and legal matters.
  • Coordinating litigation proceedings conducted by the Office of the Attorney General on behalf of the university.
  • Responding to legislative, legal or public inquiries regarding legal information related to the university.
  • Providing advice and counsel to the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees during meetings of the board and its committees.
  • Managing university ethics compliance and conflict of interest standards.

The successful applicant will possess a demonstrated history of establishing positive, effective, collaborative working relationships with diverse populations and constituencies.  The successful applicant will possess demonstrated outstanding leadership ability, analytical, organizational and communication skills.  The successful applicant will be prepared to join an enthusiastic, innovative campus community, dedicated to advancing the mission, vision and values of Appalachian State University. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Juris doctorate from a school or college of law accredited by the American Bar Association.
  2. At least 10 years of experience as a practicing attorney, at least five of which include working with institutions and organizations with operations and activities that are similar in scope and complexity to those encountered by higher education institutions.
  3. North Carolina Bar membership in good standing or licensure in good standing in another state on the date of initial employment and licensure to practice law in North Carolina within one year of initial date of employment, pursuant to the University of North Carolina Policy Manual, Section 300.1.3.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience practicing law in a public institution of higher education.
  2. Supervisory experience.

Application Procedure:

Complete an online application and submit a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references at: Cover letters should include discussion of relevant professional experience and an explanation of the applicant’s interest in the position.  Review of applications will begin immediately and new applications will be received through January 15, 2018.  References will not be contacted without authorization from selected applicants.

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. Requests for accommodations in the application process due to abilities may be submitted to Hank Foreman at or (828) 262-2041.

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Any offer of employment to the successful candidate will be conditioned upon the university’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report. Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.