The University of the Sciences Office of General Counsel seeks an experienced attorney to serve as an Associate General Counsel to support a wide- range of legal needs as directed by the General Counsel.
The Associate General Counsel will provide a broad range of legal services and day to day advice to the University, its Officers, Faculty and Staff. The Associate General Counsel will participate on committees and collaborate on projects to address risk management and compliance considerations in the advancement of institutional objectives. The AGC reports to the University General Counsel.
General Legal Duties as Associate General Counsel:
Daily Legal Advising
Provide timely, accessible, responsive and sound legal services to university constituencies in a collaborative professional environment on the full array of legal issues arising in the context of higher education, including contracts, Title IX, The Clery Act, open records and open meetings, student privacy rights, intellectual property, employment and labor, real estate, computing/technology tax, tort claims, legal compliance and risk management. This includes advising administrators on general liability, employment and other issues as well as providing legal advice and representation in specific situations involving threatened or potential claims by employees, students, visitors to campus, and other third parties, many of whom are represented by legal counsel. It also includes consulting daily with a multitude of clients within the University to discuss options, strategies, and legal ramifications of various actions. It also includes drafting and reviewing important correspondence and position statements in disputed or potentially disputed matters. This daily advising and consultation with clients across campus in a multitude of situations is essential to preventing and minimizing the University’s legal exposure in all matters. When necessary, this legal advising will be done in coordination with appropriate University-retained Outside Counsel.
Policy Review and Development
Assist administrators and campus committees in reviewing, drafting and modifying University policies so as to ensure compliance with existing and evolving federal and state law.
Contract Review and Negotiation
Draft and review University contracts and memoranda of understanding with third parties, including external institutions, agencies, private companies and individuals. These include contracts for the purchase of goods and services, research agreements, real estate transactions, and affiliated corporation agreements.
Other Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conducts legal research and prepares related memorandum, legal correspondence and legal documents. Also, may supervise research performed by paralegals and interns.
- Drafts, negotiates, and reviews for legal sufficiency, for subsequent approval by University officers, legal commitments involving University resources, principally contracts, affiliation agreements, settlements of claims, other agreements and statements of University policy.
- Develop and deliver presentations and informational materials on various preventative law issues and risk management.
- Collaborate with various University Departments on Departmental initiatives, and advise on the law and best practices to protect the University’s interests.
- Review and investigate matters that may become legal claims and prepare related correspondence.
- Investigate and handle external charges filed with government agencies. Coordinates, responds, and complies with the processing of subpoenas and complex records requests.
- Supports the General Counsel with all legal status and risk management reporting to the board’s audit committee and other committees as needed.
- Assists in coordinating the university’s compliance program, including creating and conducting legal trainings for the campus constituencies.
- Perform other duties and responsibilities as required, assigned or requested
Education and Experience:
- Juris Doctor Degree from an American Bar Association-accredited institution.
- Must be admitted and in good standing in Pennsylvania (or the ability to obtain such license within one year of employment).
- Three to Five years of experience in the practice of law.
- Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations, particularly those applicable to Pennsylvania higher education.
- Experience in a higher education setting preferred.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Superior verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, multi-tasking abilities, and the ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituencies.
- Sound judgment, along with strong analytical, interpretive, and problem-solving abilities.
- Ability to conduct investigations, training development and presentations, create and monitor data and reports.
- Ability and initiative to work independently and develop an expansive range of expertise.
- Ability to recognize issues of institutional importance and keep the General Counsel appropriately informed of such matters.
- Ability to develop and maintain an effective working relationship with staff, faculty and students.
- Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
- Ability to plan, direct and conduct independent investigations, present findings and develop related recommendations.
- Proficient in computer software applications, including MS Office including Word, Excel and Power Point.
- Ability to cultivate relationships, drive efficiencies and maintain professionalism/civility while under stress.