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Assistant General Counsel

Rockefeller University

To apply to this job, please visit the URL below and apply to job code ‘IRC20465’.  Please make sure to upload your resume and a cover letter.

Office of the General Counsel

The Rockefeller University is the world’s leading biomedical research University.  Our groundbreaking discoveries in basic and clinical research are transforming medicine.  We share a singular commitment to advancing science for the benefit of humanity.  Our collaborative culture drives each of us to achieve a higher level, fueling the breakthroughs for which we are known.  

The Office of the General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel, staffed by four in-house lawyers, provides legal advice to the Board of Trustees, faculty, postdocs and students, administration, and staff, and represents the University in a broad and ever-changing range of legal matters including policy development, litigation, corporate and contract work, not-for-profit governance, intellectual property, compliance, and more. 

Primary Responsibilities

The Assistant General Counsel, working independently and collaboratively with Office of General Counsel colleagues, will be responsible for a broad range of substantive areas.

As an Assistant General Counsel you will:

  • Research and draft memoranda, opinions, and correspondence on a range of legal issues
  • Collaborate with colleagues and advise on initiatives
  • Handle and advise on transactional, corporate, and contract work
  • Participate in the conflict of interest program
  • Support effective and efficient use, coordination, and oversight of outside counsel


  • Strong academic and professional credentials, J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school, license to practice as an attorney in New York (or within one year of hiring), and several years of progressively responsible experience after completion of legal education. 
  • Experience with drafting and negotiating complex agreements, in a highly regarded law firm, university, or governmental entity
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that foster successful interaction and collaboration with a diverse array of legal colleagues, clients, and leaders at all levels
  • Self-motivation and a demonstrated ability to effectively and efficiently handle and organize multiple tasks and initiatives in a broad range of substantive areas; prioritizing and working independently in a highly collegial and high performing environment
  • Impeccable oral and written communication skills, negotiation skills, and an ability to identify and address complicated and sensitive problems with creativity and with professional discretion and judgment
  • Keen attention to accuracy and detail
  • Significant experience with keeping confidences
  • Commitment to high ethical and professional standards
  • High degree of personal integrity and sound judgment

How to Apply

We offer a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a collaborative work environment.  

To apply to this job, please visit the URL below and apply to job code ‘IRC20465’.  Please make sure to upload your resume and a cover letter.

The Rockefeller University is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans