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Associate General Counsel

Marquette University

Position Overview

The Associate General Counsel works with the Vice President and General Counsel and other attorneys and staff to provide a high level of professional legal services to the University. The Associate General Counsel will collaborate with and advise University personnel on legal and strategic aspects of University policy and operations; interact with a variety of stakeholders in order to perform the position’s duties and responsibilities; and handle legal questions, issues, and matters as assigned. The Associate General Counsel’s responsibilities will emphasize matters involving tax-exempt entities, corporate organization and governance, intellectual property, sponsored research, technology transfer, innovation initiatives, joint ventures and commercial collaborations, real property, construction, leases, charitable gifts and philanthropy, and complex commercial contracts. However, responsibilities will, from time to time, include all areas of higher education legal practice, such as public reporting, tax-exempt bond financing, purchasing and licensing, ERISA, litigation management, faculty governance, and institutional policies. The Associate General Counsel will be the primary legal support for the University’s Offices of Advancement, Finance, Public Affairs, Research and Innovation, and Research and Sponsored Programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Receive and respond to inquiries from University personnel on legal matters and proactively provide legal advice on matters and decisions related to University activities and policies, primarily in the areas of legal specialization listed above.
  2. Draft, review and negotiate contracts, agreements, and other documents with legal implications.
  3. Draft, review and recommend changes to University policies.
  4. Collaborate with legal professionals, governmental officials, and other stakeholders in the community.
  5. Oversee the work of outside counsel as necessary.
  6. Design and deliver appropriate training on legal aspects of University operations.
  7. Review and provide legal advice on required regulatory filings.
  8. Coordinate activities and initiatives with the offices of compliance and risk management, including participation in Enterprise Risk Management assessments and mitigation plans.
  9. Serve on University committees as legal advisor.
  10. Perform other duties and responsibilities as required, assigned, or requested.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must have a Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school and be a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin or be eligible for admission to the bar within a reasonable time of hire.
  • Seven or more years of progressively increasing responsibility in providing transactional legal advice on commercial contracting, business affiliations, real estate, intellectual property, and general corporate law.
  • Must have significant experience in or substantial familiarity with corporate law, contract drafting and review, taxation, real estate and leasing, intellectual property, and business transactions, including joint ventures and commercial collaborations.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, multi-tasking abilities, and the ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituencies.
  • Must have good judgment and analytic ability and must be willing and able to handle a diverse workload and to participate in collaborative decision making related to University policies and operations.
  • Must have the initiative and ability to work independently and develop an expansive range of expertise.
  • Must be motivated to assume a significant level of responsibility and to confidently represent the University’s interests to internal and external parties.
  • Excellent time management skills required.
  • Must appreciate the University mission and guiding values and work as part of the University to foster and promote that mission and those values.
  • Must work effectively with high-level officials and executives in government, business, and educational organizations.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Legal experience representing institutions of higher education and a background in regulatory and complex commercial transactions.
  • Proven ability to navigate a wide range of legal issues in a complex organization with multiple stakeholders.

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