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Assistant/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: Commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA11-Fiscal Year 2021-2022, or, OS-OA12-Fiscal Year 2021-2022, depending on appointment at Assistant or Associate level
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins

August 1, 2022; position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with your online application, please upload a resume and cover letter. You will be asked to provide names and contact information for three professional references.

Department Summary

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is a team of legal professionals who manage the legal affairs of the university. Led by the Vice President and General Counsel, there are six full-time attorneys in the office who provide timely, creative, and practical legal advice to university leadership, including the Board of Trustees, President, Provost, vice presidents, vice provosts, deans, and directors on the development and implementation of initiatives in support of the university’s mission. The office is supported by the VPGC’s Chief of Staff, a Sr. Legal Assistant and an Executive Assistant. In everything it does, the office seeks to ensure that university leaders are well equipped to navigate higher education’s complex regulatory landscape and to promote a climate of ethical behavior, integrity, and accountability.

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

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.

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, with many of these activities affecting all Oregon public universities.

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, including providing real-time advice at meetings of the Board of Trustees and University Senate. 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.

Attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel must have an holistic grasp of the university’s operations as well as a nuanced understating of the university’s position in the context of Eugene, the state of Oregon, and public higher education in the United States. For this reason, in addition to serving as trusted legal advisors, attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel are regularly relied on to provide business advice, media and public relations advice, and project management services, including leading important and high-profile initiatives for the institution, and filling in during leadership transitions.

The Assistant/Associate General Counsel has substantial expertise in at least three areas of law relevant to higher education and, in addition to serving as a thought leader and authority for the university in those areas, oversees the function of a university effort or service related to at least one of those areas of expertise.

The Assistant/Associate General Counsel works independently on issues ranging from the mundane to the University’s most sensitive matters and their judgment and decisions have broad implications for the entire University; erroneous decisions are likely to have significant adverse legal, financial, reputational, and community impact.

The Assistant/Associate General Counsel reports to the Vice President and General Counsel. This position does not have budget authority within the Office of General Counsel, however, in providing legal advice to university administrators, this position contributes to financial decisions which broadly impact the University. Moreover, this position has delegated authority to enter into settlement and conciliatory agreements on behalf of the institution. This position may have supervisory responsibilities.

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.

FLSA Exempt: Yes


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

University of Oregon students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see: https://coronavirus.uoregon.edu/vaccine.

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 http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

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. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

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