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Assistant or Associate General Counsel

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Legal/Law

Department: Office of the General Counsel
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Assistant: $112,750 to $125,000 per year/ Associate: $126,000-$150,000 per year
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
March 1, 2017; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete applications must include a cover letter, resume, and the three professional references

Department Summary
The Assistant or Associate General Counsel reports directly to the Vice President and General Counsel (VPGC), who reports directly to the President. The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) manages the legal affairs of the University, including provision of legal advice and assistance to the University's Board of Trustees, President, Provost, Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors and Faculty.

The OGC is a fast-paced, high volume work place. The VPGC places a premium on the ability to: (1) avoid or solve problems by developing practical solutions informed by legal considerations and policy objectives, as well as political, public relations, and programmatic considerations; and (2) manage university projects that have a legal component.

Position Summary
Qualified applicants must be able to: (1) work with all university administrators; (2) interact professionally and knowledgeably with the university's external constituencies and other entities; (3) handle multiple unrelated matters concurrently, rapidly, and accurately; and (4) work cooperatively with and manage civil litigation conducted by outside counsel.

Candidates qualifying for the position of Assistant General Counsel must have or develop knowledge of legal areas such as: student affairs, civil rights, contracts and purchasing, public records, privacy, government employee ethics, and labor and employment. This position has no budgetary authority or direct supervisory responsibility, although the Assistant General Counsel may supervise some work performed by an executive assistant, legal assistant, or law clerk.

Candidates qualifying for the position of Associate General Counsel must have or develop knowledge of the same legal areas as candidates for the Assistant General Counsel position as well as some of the following: research, technology transfer, business transactions, real property and construction, and insurance.

The Assistant or Associate General Counsel is expected to be able to defend the university before state and federal agencies.

Minimum Requirements
• Law degree from an accredited institution.
• At least five (for Assistant) or ten (for Associate) years of experience as a practicing attorney (judicial clerkships will count as practice years).
• Admitted to, or qualified for admission to, the Oregon State Bar.

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills.
• Superb professional judgment.
• High ethical standards.
• A commitment to diversity and the ability to work with others.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience working on behalf of an institution of higher education, a large governmental entity, or regulated industries.
• Complex business and property transactions.
• Experience in defense of agency proceedings.
• Experience with labor and employment law.
• Experience with civil rights law.
• Experience with public law matters, including governmental ethics.
• Experience working with Oregon state law and federal regulations.
• Experience with student affairs matters.
• General litigation experience.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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