General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs

  • University of Kansas
  • Lawrence, KS, USA
  • Mar 18, 2024
Full time Legal

Job Description

The University of Kansas (KU), a premier public research University invites nominations and applications for the position of General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs.

As the state’s flagship institution, the University of Kansas is home to innovative research and the constant pursuit of knowledge. Together, Jayhawks power Kansas and transform the world.

Founded in 1865, KU is a major public research and teaching institution enrolling nearly 30,000 students and employing more than 3,200 faculty on five campuses (Lawrence, Kansas City, Overland Park, Wichita, and Salina), KU is a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor. Its diverse elements are united by their mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world.

The General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs (General Counsel) of KU provides executive and administrative direction over the University's legal affairs as a member of the Chancellor’s senior leadership team. Reporting to the Chancellor, this executive serves as the chief legal officer, providing legal support, advice and guidance to the Chancellor, and also to senior leaders, faculty and staff on all legal matters affecting the institution. As a highly visible member of the senior leadership team, this executive is responsible for a wide range of legal, transactional, regulatory, compliance, and litigation matters and manages the legal resources in a manner that supports the overall priorities of the organization. The General Counsel is expected to provide a proactive and collaborative approach to the legal issues associated with a dynamic organization committed to redefining the future of higher education and healthcare delivery.

The individual selected for this position will be a highly strategic, forward-thinking attorney who is well-versed in the business dynamics and regulatory environment of higher education. The General Counsel will be innovative and entrepreneurial, capable of creating solutions that facilitate the University's initiatives to assure the success and growth of the organization. Working with the Chancellor and members of the senior leadership team, and with the legal and Title IX teams, the General Counsel will constantly be thinking of better ways to operate, structure and support KU objectives and opportunities.

The General Counsel is expected to develop and lead a high performing legal team, ensuring their accountability while also effectively mentoring this group and building a positive, open and responsive team environment. Simultaneously, the General Counsel will serve as a thought leader and advance initiatives in workload distribution, legal processes and case management serving the legal needs of a responsive and agile organization. The General Counsel will be an actively engaged leader with mature interpersonal skills who adds broad legal experience in higher education to the team and remains active in the practice of law. It is important that the General Counsel be a credible and visible University-wide leader who exhibits high integrity and the skills of listening effectively and partnering collaboratively. This is an outstanding opportunity to establish and manage a legal team committed to the success of a robust and diverse learning community at an exceptional institution.

Candidates must bring a distinguished record of achievement and senior leadership experience. The successful candidate must have excellent academic credentials and a law degree from an ABA accredited school of law; membership in the State Bar of Kansas or eligibility for admission based on reciprocity is required (if reciprocity is not available, out of state candidates will be expected to become full Kansas State Bar members within one year of employment) and with at least ten years of broad legal experience in a complex organization, firm, government agency, university, business corporation, and/or other non-profit entities gained in-house or through working closely with higher education, healthcare or not for profit clients.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Kansas in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by April 30, 2024.

Application materials should be submitted through WittKieffer’s

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Werner Boel, LL.M. and Luis Bertot

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and is the Title IX coordinator for all KU and KUMC campuses: Associate Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights and Title IX,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY.