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Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel

Towson University

Job Purpose Towson University (TU), the largest university in the Baltimore area and the second-largest university in the University System of Maryland, is accepting applications for the Vice President (VP) for Legal Affairs and General Counsel. Serving as the legal advisor to the President, the VP is an integral part of the senior leadership team. Through effective leadership and communication, the VP will provide direction on complex projects with University-wide impact. 

The incumbent will have the opportunity to build on recent transformative change and advance TU’s strategic plan and the Presidential Priorities. This position also serves as the chief legal officer for the University.

The incumbent will lead the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), overseeing a fast-paced, high-volume office that provides guidance on a wide range of legal issues that requires an innovative and critical approach. The OGC consists of two Associate General Counsels, one paralegal, and an Executive Administrative Assistant that work collaboratively to establish, implement, and communicate policies, systems, and procedures that support the needs of the University.

The ideal candidate for the Vice President will be a proven lawyer and strategic leader that embraces TU’s mission and culture, possesses senior administrative experience, and exemplary communication and interpersonal skills.  Critical to the success of this position is the ability to proactively identify and manage the various challenges facing institutions of higher education. 

The Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel will serve on the President’s Council and advance the University’s mission and functions while advising on the legal implications of University policies, initiatives and strategies. The VP will actively participate in the creation, development, and achievement of institutional strategy and policy, and serve as an advocate for improvements in policies, laws, and regulations to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the management of a public institution. As an institutional leader, the VP will manage the OGC, including consulting with Associate General Counsel regarding legal advice, as well as providing counseling, evaluation and direction to the OGC team. This position supports TU by assessing the merit of legal claims for the purpose of defense, compromise, and settlement, managing the process for review of University contracts and business relationships, and monitoring trends in higher education, legislative, regulatory, and associated legal matters.

The VP will work proactively to develop preventative law strategies and institutional policy and compliance programs to help minimize litigation, third party disputes, and other potential project development and implementation issues. 


This position requires a(n)

  • Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited institution; 
  • Eight (8) years of legal experience, with a significant portion in a senior leadership/supervisory role dedicated to leading change and improving internal services; 
  • Maryland Bar Admission or ability to become licensed within 12 months of employment
  • Significant experience overseeing, coordinating, and managing the legal affairs in a University, Government, non-profit, or corporate setting, to include providing legal advice/services to a wide range of stakeholders (both internal and external) with varying interests;
  • Prior experience supervising and directing the work of other attorneys and support staff;
  • Exemplary personal and professional integrity and the highest of ethical standards;
  • Ability to strategically and creatively meet the unique and dynamic needs of the campus to facilitate change and build strong relationships; 
  • Thorough understanding of the legal issues facing a public sector university, knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations applicable to higher education, and the ability to recognize issues of institutional importance;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in applying best practices to academic legal issues and affairs with diligence, integrity and successful outcomes;
  • Demonstrated experience and success with handling multiple priorities and tasks; 
  • Demonstrated commitment and success promoting and enhancing workforce diversity;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of internal and external constituents representing a wide array of interpersonal and communication styles; 
  • Experience as General Counsel in a University environment is preferred.

A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.

Salary and Benefits Competitive salary and full University benefits that include 22 days of annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission. To learn more about our benefits, click here

A review of applications will begin on April 5, 2018. Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and four professional references. References will not be contacted until the finalist stage.

Organization: Executive Division
Primary Location: Main Campus
Job Posting: Mar 2, 2018