Assistant/Associate General Counsel

  • University of Oregon
  • Jul 05, 2022
Full time Legal

Job Description

The Office of the General Counsel at the University of Oregon is looking for a business/transactional attorney to join our team as an Assistant or Associate General Counsel.

OGC attorneys are true generalists with working knowledge and expertise in a broad array of practice areas, including labor and employment, intellectual property, civil rights, constitutional law, and contracts and real estate, to name a few, and the office is solely responsible for the comprehensive representation of the university’s interests in litigation, administrative proceedings, and business transactions, including engaging outside counsel when prudent.

Position Summary

OGC is particularly interested in candidates with a transactional focus and competency in an array of related areas of practice. In recent years, OGC’s Associate General Counsel has been responsible for providing legal advice on significant real estate transactions, contracts, housing and landlord-tenant law, and high-profile negotiations with State agencies. OGC is also interested in candidates who may have focused areas of expertise in areas such as employee benefits, bond issues and compliance, and complex tax matters.

The Assistant/Associate General Counsel works in partnership with senior leaders and administrators across the university to identify and analyze legal issues and risks, present clear and constructive recommendations, and ensure compliance with local, state, federal, and international laws and regulations. Moreover, the Associate General Counsel represents and defends the university’s interests, often in high-profile matters of intense public scrutiny, in negotiations and before state and federal courts and agencies, including drafting responses or reviewing the work of external counsel and appearing on behalf of the university at hearings and other administrative proceedings, as necessary.

The Assistant/Associate General Counsel advises university governance and shared governance bodies and committees in developing policies, procedures, and guidelines in accordance with all laws and regulations. This position works closely with government and community relations staff and legislators with respect to existing and emerging higher education legislation and is expected to keep abreast of legislative and regulatory changes that affect the university’s operations, and to inform and otherwise provide guidance to university leaders regarding same. The Assistant/Associate General Counsel also regularly coordinates with counsel at other public universities in Oregon on issues of mutual concern.

The Office of the General Counsel is committed to supporting and enhancing the diversity of the university community, and welcomes applications from candidates prepared to join us in advancing matters of equity and inclusion on campus.

Minimum Requirements

•         Possess a law degree from an accredited law school.

•         Be a member of, or qualified for admission to, the Oregon State Bar.

•         Five (5) or more years of recent law practice experience to qualify for the Assistant General Counsel level; ten (10) or more years of recent law practice experience to qualify at the Associate General Counsel level. Judicial clerkships or other relevant equivalent experience can be counted as practice years.

•         Substantial expertise in a minimum of three practice areas relevant to higher education including, but not limited to: student life, civil rights, state and federal constitutional law, contracts and procurement, public records, public meetings, subpoena and discovery practice, privacy, government employee ethics, labor and employment, immigration, sponsored research, NCAA division one athletics, police and law enforcement, campus safety, threat assessment, data privacy and security, development, governance, technology transfer, business transactions, taxation and public finance, real property, and risk management and insurance.

Professional Competencies

•         Notable experience demonstrating equity and inclusion to enable success for people from all walks of life while sharing common, fundamental values grounded in respect and looking to diversity as a source of enrichment and strength.

•         Impeccable analytical, written, and oral communication skills.

•         High ethical standards, mature judgment, and discretion. Demonstrated sensitivity to institutional concerns.

•         Ability to manage time effectively and handle multiple unrelated matters concurrently, rapidly, and accurately.

•         Ability to model customer service principles (listening, empathy, patience, respect, responsiveness) and contribute positively to team dynamics.

•         Leadership and interpersonal skills, including the capacity to foster constructive outcomes in a complex environment involving an array of distinct stakeholders from a range of backgrounds.

•         Demonstrated ability to identify and predict potential legal issues or the long-term implications of policy and legal decisions.

Preferred Qualifications

•         Experience working on behalf of an institution of higher education (preferably at an AAU public university), a large governmental entity, or a similarly regulated industry.

•         Experience supervising, managing, or overseeing the work of others.

•         Substantial expertise in four or more practice areas relevant to higher education.

•         Experience with Oregon state law and federal regulations.

•         Litigation experience.

•         Demonstrated experience with complex business and property transactions.

•         Substantive experience drafting and reviewing contracts.