The University of Kansas is seeking nominations and applications for the position of General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs to serve its multiple campuses. Under the leadership of the General Counsel, the Office of the General Counsel provides comprehensive legal services to the University. As chief legal officer, the General Counsel is responsible for the University’s overall legal strategy and provides legal guidance and counsel in executive and institutional policy making decisions. This position reports directly to the Chancellor and serves as a member of the university’s senior leadership team.
The General Counsel is responsible for leading the Office of the General Counsel and its team in the provision of legal services for the University. This position manages and supervises the University’s legal representation in all transactional matters, litigation and administrative proceedings, dispute resolution, compliance with federal/state statutes and regulations impacting higher education institutions, affiliation agreements with outside entities, provision of legal opinions, and preventative legal services. This position is responsible for resolving all legal claims, initiating and appealing all lawsuits and administrative proceedings as appropriate. The General Counsel also manages the office budget, oversees legal expenditures for the University, issues contracts for legal services and retains outside counsel on specific matters, and motivates and leads personnel.
The General Counsel evaluates and protects the University’s legal interests and advises the Chancellor and senior leadership on strategies to minimize, avoid, or manage risks.
All University contracts relating to employment, purchasing, real estate, patents and technology marketing, intellectual property, external sales, sponsored research, and other activities are subject to General Counsel review. The General Counsel also provides legal advice on matters under the individual’s expertise, which may include research compliance, export controls and compliance, construction and real estate, contracts, employment and labor law, student affairs, campus safety, discrimination and harassment, athletics, litigation, health care law, risk management, gifts and estates, intellectual property, privacy and information security, external affiliations and collaborations, and other matters relating to higher education law.
The General Counsel also consults and collaborates with outside counsel, the Board of Regents, the Attorney General of Kansas, other Regent Universities and State of Kansas Agencies, to provide consistency in the interpretation of the law and application of policy.
- JD from an accredited ABA law school
- State of Kansas license and bar admission, or admission to membership within 12 months of hire.
- Ten years of progressive experience as a practicing attorney in a complex organization, firm, government agency, university, non-profit or business corporation.
- Five years of leadership experience, including representing and working with large and complex, decentralized organizations with multiple stakeholders.
- Demonstrated experience managing and evaluating the work of multiple attorneys and other professionals and clerical staff.
- Experience directly managing or supporting leadership in managing controversial and/or high profile issues.
- Demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion.
- High ethical standards with a strong commitment to legal ethics as exhibited in knowledge and practice, professional responsibility, application materials and interview.
- Exceptional analytical, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills as demonstrated from application materials, interview, references and professional work history.
- Demonstrated strengths in executive leadership, including vision-setting, strategic and inclusive leadership, effective internal and external communication, and collaborative teamwork with multiple constituents.
- Experience in a higher education environment, and/or representing an institution of higher education and academic medical center.
- At least fifteen years of experience as a practicing attorney.
Nominations and applications, including letter of interest and curriculum vitae, should be addressed to Reggie Robinson, Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Chair, General Counsel Search Committee, and submitted to email@example.com. For most favorable consideration, please submit by February 28, 2018.
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