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General Counsel

Murray State University

The General Counsel and those professionals under their direction provide legal services including: risk and liability evaluation and prevention; representation in adversarial matters and proceedings; advice on the legal implications of proposed policies and actions; counsel on compliance with state and federal laws and University regulations; draft and/or review of University contracts and coordination of the University’s real, personal and intellectual property interests.


Responsible for providing comprehensive legal services to the University and its affiliated corporations, including the President, the Board of Regents, all divisions and departments and faculty, staff and students who are acting for the University.  Provide proactive strategic policy advice on issues confronting all University administrators.  Interpret and apply constitutional, federal and state law and regulation in support of the management of the University.  Assist in policy development, draft and review legal documents, facilitate diverse business transactions and respond to external complaints.  Address risk management and compliance considerations in the advancement of institutional initiatives.  Murray State University believes in the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion and affirms that it is critical to academic and university excellence.


A Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA-accredited institution. Active membership in good standing of the Kentucky Bar Association (or eligible for immediate membership).  Experience in matters relevant to business transactions, state and federal contracts and intellectual property.  Demonstrated commitment to furthering diversity, equity and inclusion.  Demonstrated ability in setting priorities, managing those multiple priorities and working in a timely manner to meet strict deadlines.  Demonstrated ability to gain trust and inspire confidence at all levels of an academic institution.  Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex issues and legal concepts to non-lawyers.  Demonstrated strategic thinking, analytic, organizational and problem-solving skills.  Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with senior administrators and a diverse range of constituents.  A workplace style that emphasizes collaboration, teamwork and facilitation.


Experience in employment law, student affairs, academic personnel and research, federal regulation compliance, complex contracts, international agreements, risk management and litigation processes.  Knowledge of University or higher education policies and procedures.  Knowledge of legal issues associated with governmental/public entities.  Experience with complex organizations and the management of significant legal issues.

Salary Range: $135,000- $142,000

Application Deadline:  For best consideration, please submit a completed application along,​ with all required materials​, by December 1, 2017.​  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  ​        

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Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer.