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University General Counsel

Oregon Tech

For further information, contact Sandra Fox, Search Committee Chair, at sandra.fox@oit.edu or 541-885-1107. For more information about the University, visit www.oit.edu

TITLE: University General Counsel
12-month, full-time position

LOCATION: Oregon Tech—Klamath Falls, Oregon or as assigned

SALARY: Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

ANTICIPATED START: February 1, 2018; negotiable

THE OPPORTUNITY:
Oregon Tech is seeking applicants for a University General Counsel position within the Office of the President. This is a 12-month, full-time position located on the main campus in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Oregon Tech offers competitive salaries with excellent benefits including comprehensive healthcare, a generous retirement package, and significant tuition discounts at the seven public universities in Oregon. The starting salary is commensurate based on education and experience.

The successful candidate gains the exciting opportunity of assisting the Office of the President and executive staff in managing the increasing legal complexities stemming from the strategic endeavors of our dynamic world-class institution. Oregon Tech is quickly becoming the center of the Northwest’s academic and industrial collaborative ecosystem. The resulting expansion of its workforce and number of regional, national and international academic and industrial partnerships through research and development produces a legal environment ideal for a proactive and motivated chief legal officer.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
The University General Counsel manages the University’s legal representation in all litigation and administrative proceedings, and provides counsel and advice concerning compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations affecting institutions of higher education, including preventative legal services and legal representation in monitoring and resolving disputes. Subject to direction of the President, the University General Counsel is responsible for resolving all legal claims and initiating and appealing all lawsuits and administrative proceedings.

The University General Counsel issues contracts for legal services, and retains outside counsel on behalf of all University units. The University General Counsel provides advice and counsel on a strikingly broad range of highly complex legal matters or problems, including but not limited to complex labor and employment matters, land use and environmental law issues, issues related to constitutional amendments, complex business transactions, international and research collaboration initiatives, privacy and records management, student conduct, matters involving copyright and technology transfer, and any other topic as directed by the President. In addition to having deep legal subject matter expertise, the University General Counsel also provides sound, timely advice, not only on legal matters, but on matters of University policy and governance.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:

  • J.D. from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school, ideally a top-tiered institution.
  • Member, in good standing, of the State Bar of Oregon, or eligibility for membership in the State Bar of Oregon within six (6) months of the hiring date.
  • At least eight (8) or more years of complex, high-level legal practice experience after receiving law degree.
  • Experience to include the ability to successfully lead legal strategy and execution, the provision of sophisticated legal advice and counsel reflecting sound judgment, substantive in-depth legal knowledge, and an understanding of complex business transactions.
  • Experience is also useful in a wide range of additional areas such as contract drafting and negotiation, labor and employment law, real estate development, land use, and intellectual property.

Preferred:

  • Commitment to learning the extensive policies and procedures of the University and demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the institution. The higher education environment requires flexibility, creativity, judgment, integrity and comfort dealing with a broad array of legal matters.
  • Demonstrated experience providing legal advice to public entities, higher education institutions, corporations and/or sophisticated law firm clients.
  • Requires skills to manage tensions between client needs and the system, fulfilling ethical responsibility in difficult, dynamic situations, often with limited information or time.
  • Ability to swiftly prioritize matters and to juggle them simultaneously where necessary.
  • Ability to facilitate solutions that satisfy needs of stakeholders and gain compromises without damaging relationships.
  • Keen understanding of crisis management and the appropriate role of legal counsel in circumstances where campus is facing an urgent safety, operational, or other crisis.
  • Possess high integrity as demonstrated by having the ability to make and communicate hard decisions; demonstrated credibility to win support for those decisions.
  • Ability to deliver difficult messages in sensitive situations while maintaining trust and strong working relationships with clients and colleagues.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills to interact effectively and develop and maintain productive working relationships with an array of diverse interests, individuals, and constituencies.
  • Outstanding verbal and presentation skills, including the ability to communicate clearly, logically, and persuasively during interactions and utilize active listening skills.
  • Outstanding written skills as defined by the ability to compose a variety of concise, informative written materials appropriate to a particular audience.
  • Exceptional ability to draft accurate, complete and persuasive legal documents, such as pleadings, legal responses, affidavits, position statements and briefs.
  • Ability to represent institutional concerns persuasively to internal and external parties.
  • Demonstrated understanding of ethical issues in a University setting.
  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality with regard to sensitive issues and information and exercise discretion in dealing with sensitive or potentially sensitive topics. 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Initial review of applications will begin on January 8, 2018. Therefore, at the discretion of Oregon Tech, materials received after January 8, 2018 may not receive full consideration. To apply, go to https://jobs.oit.edu/ and complete an online applications and submit (1) a cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) documentation which permits you to practice law in Oregon.

For further information, contact Sandra Fox, Search Committee Chair, at sandra.fox@oit.edu or 541-885-1107. For more information about the University, visit www.oit.edu.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL EMPLOYEE OPPORTUNITIES STATEMENT

Oregon Tech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and 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 age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion or creed, sex or gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis in law.

Oregon Tech is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Office of Human Resource at 541-885-1028 or oithr@oit.edu.