Assistant General Counsel, Transactions

  • Yale University
  • New Haven, CT, USA
  • Apr 22, 2022
Full time Legal

Job Description

Assistant General Counsel, Transactions


University Job Title: Assistant General Counsel


Bargaining Unit: None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)


Time Type: Full time


Duration Type: Regular


Compensation Grade: General Counsel


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Work Location: Central Campus


Worksite Address: 2 Whitney Avenue

New Haven, CT 06510


Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)


Searchable Job Family: Legal and Regulatory Affairs


Total # of Hours to be Works: 37.5


Position Focus:


Yale University's Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel seeks an Assistant General Counsel to support the university's transactional and contracting needs, including complex commercial and academic agreements, international agreements, master service agreements, professional services agreements, statements of work, facilities use and license agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and other associated matters for departments across the university. This attorney will partner with internal business teams, subject matter experts, and other offices and will work both independently and in partnership with senior attorneys.


Responsibilities include: Provide high-quality legal and strategic advice to a diverse client base. Interpret, draft, negotiate, and advise on complex commercial agreements. Investigate and resolve disputes arising in connection with the university's contracts. Educate and advise internal clients with respect to positions and issues that arise during contract negotiations. Work with internal clients to resolve legal, risk, and business issues that arise in commercial transactions. Understand and apply evolving regulatory requirements to new and existing agreements. Manage and prioritize multiple concurrent projects. Assist with review and drafting of university policies and procedures. Research and draft memoranda, advice and correspondence on legal issues affecting the university.


Essential Duties: Serve as legal liaison to specific operational departments. Monitor developments in relevant areas of the law by keeping current on legal literature, networking with other attorneys, and attending conferences and seminars.

Support effective and efficient use and management of outside counsel. Perform other duties as assigned.


Essential Duties:


  1. Interprets legal regulations and University policies and procedures. 2. Assists in the handling of administrative and legal proceedings before federal and state agencies and courts. 3. Negotiates, reviews, drafts and interprets contracts. 4. Negotiates and drafts the settlement of claims and/or litigation. 5. Researches and drafts memoranda, opinions and correspondence on legal issues. 6. May perform other duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience:


J.D. and a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a related area.


Required Skill/Ability 1:


Outstanding analytical, negotiating, research, and writing ability.


Required Skill/Ability 2:


Pragmatic business acumen with the ability to recognize the broader consequences of legal advice. Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication.


Required Skill/Ability 3:


Innovative thinking that adds value for clients and finds creative solutions to complex legal issues.


Required Skill/Ability 4:


Interpersonal skills that foster successful interaction with a diverse array of colleagues, clients, and leaders at all levels, including fellow attorneys, human resources and finance professionals, professors and physicians, and university administrators.


Required Skill/Ability 5:


Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and initiatives; prioritizing and working independently in a highly collegial and high-performing environment. High degree of personal integrity, sound judgment, and a commitment to accountability.


Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:


Experience with drafting complex and creating standard agreements. Experience with federal and state regulatory bodies on the interpretation and application of statutes, regulations, and administrative guidance.


Drug Screen: No


Health Screening: No


Background Check Requirements:


All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. For additional information on the background check requirements and process visit "Learn about background checks" under the Applicant Support Resources section of Careers on the It's Your Yale website.


COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement:


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Posting Disclaimer:


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.


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