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Western Illinois University

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Paul Schlag at

Western Illinois University - General Counsel - Office of Legal Services

Thank you for considering Western Illinois University in your search.

About Western Illinois University:

Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: As soon as practical after March 1, 2018

RESPONSIBILITIES: Provides legal counsel and assistance to the University President, Administration, and Board of Trustees and represents the University, or coordinates representation on all legal matters including, but not limited to, external administrative agency (EEOC, OCR, IDHR, HUD, etc.) hearings and proceedings, employment related grievance hearings and arbitration, and collective bargaining. Responsibilities also include drafting or reviewing contracts; contract litigation and/or enforcement; bond financing oversight, assisting with negotiation of gift agreements and development related matters; serving as a member of the administrative team for collective bargaining and other labor-management issues; coordinating or assisting with policy and procedure development, update, and review as well as matters of compliance and risk management; assisting with monitoring and review of pending legislation; serving as Freedom of Information Act Officer and Ethics Officer.

RANK & SALARY:Western Illinois University offers a competitive salary and benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Law degree (J.D. or LL.M), current license to practice law in the State of Illinois (or eligibility to achieve admission to the State Bar of Illinois at appointment); proven success as a practicing attorney providing legal guidance in the context of a complex organization; demonstrated experience in legal research and administrative compliance investigations; exceptional analytical, interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills, as well as sound judgement and personal and professional integrity

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: experience in, or understanding of, a unionized public sector or higher education environment, demonstrated experience with contract law, negotiations, and employment law.

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body).

Additional Information:


Application Instructions:

APPLICATION: Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts and any certifications/licenses required, official copieswill be requested of selected candidate

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin on February 12, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Paul Schlag at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977 or via email at