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Associate General Counsel

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University seeks to fill the position of Associate General Counsel (AGC). Reporting directly to the General Counsel, the AGC provides legal counsel and advice to the university and the Arizona Board of Regents.

This position requires an enthusiastic, collaborative, detail-oriented and deadline-driven person with exceptional communication, analytical, writing, research, and interpersonal skills. In addition to possessing outstanding legal abilities, the successful candidate will be able to communicate effectively and compassionately with colleagues including faculty, administrators and staff.

The Office of General Counsel is a fast-paced, high-volume workplace. The AGC will manage multiple, unrelated matters concurrently, and must be able to complete complex projects both independently and with direction from the General Counsel. The AGC will work with a variety of university administrators to provide support for the university, and must have the ability to prioritize and handle a significant and varied workload. Candidates must have or must be capable of quickly developing knowledge of a wide range of legal areas which arise in a complex public university
environment, including but not limited to: transactional matters; intellectual property; technology transfer; real estate; and construction law issues. While the preceding areas are the likely focus of the position, the AGC will also advise on a variety of other matters as needed, including but not limited to; athletics; contracts; business operations; public private partnerships; bankruptcy; drafting policies and guidelines; risk management; regulatory compliance; student affairs; labor and employment law; civil rights; and other areas. Candidates must also be able to develop and effectively deliver presentations and training related to various preventive law issues.

Candidates must demonstrate superb judgment, exceptional research ability, excellent communication skills, and a record of and reputation for impeccable professional integrity and discretion. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, the ability to work with a wide array of  interpersonal and  communication styles, and the ability to offer options to address problems by developing practical solutions that combine legal considerations with institutional programmatic and policy objectives.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school  
  • Licensed and in good standing to practice law in Arizona, or admissible at the earliest opportunity, and no later than one year from the position start date
  • 5 years' experience practicing law in a sophisticated environment such as a large law firm, government agency, university, or corporation, with increasingly progressive responsibilities
  • Experience providing legal guidance in the context of complex organizations
  • High ethical standards, with a strong commitment to legal ethics exhibited in knowledge and practice, and professional responsibility
  • Exceptional communication, analytical, writing, research, and interpersonal skills
  • Sound judgment and personal and professional integrity 

Preferred Qualifications

  • More than 5 years' experience practicing law in a sophisticated environment such as a law firm, government agency, university, or corporation, with increasingly progressive responsibilities
  • Significant experience representing an institution of higher education
  • Significant in-house counsel experience
  • Familiarity with the Arizona Board of Regents and its universities, or with a comparable higher educational institution

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of a wide range of legal areas which arise in a complex public university environment, including but not limited to: transactional matters; intellectual property; technology transfer; real estate; and construction law
    issues; or capable of quickly developing such knowledge
  • Knowledge and experience working with complex governmental institutions and their applicable laws and regulations
  • Significant experience supporting leadership in managing controversial or high-profile issues
  • Significant experience in any of the following areas: intellectual property; construction; or real estate
  • Ability to work collaboratively, and to communicate effectively, with multiple and diverse constituencies

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year the Northern Arizona University Police Department releases an annual security report. The report is a result of the federal law known as the Clery Act and contains policy statements that address the school's policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security including policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. The report contains three years of data for Clery reportable crime statistics for the campus along with the most current year's Fire Safety Report, which includes policy statements and fire statistics for Flagstaff on-campus student housing. The report may be viewed at or by visiting the NAUPD website at: A printed copy of the report is available upon request by contacting the NAU Police Department, Records Department at (928)523-8884 or by visiting the department at Building 98A on the NAU Mountain Campus.


Commensurate with experience.

**The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

FLSA Status
This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

This is a Service Professional (SPF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified
dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available at

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Service Professionals are hired on a contract basis, renewable each 6 months according to terms of the Conditions of Professional Service, which may be found here.

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. If a new employee chooses the ASRS
retirement option, participation in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, will begin on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of employment. Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the OAP will begin on the first day of employment. More information is available at: at

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days ( If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years. In addition to the development classes offered in-person, every NAU employee receives a free subscription to From this site you can access more than 1,400 training videos on a broad range of subjects, including business skills, photography, music and video, home computing, and web design and development.

Application Deadline

Open until further notice.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on line at or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Additional Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, a writing sample totaling at least 5 pages, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.