Job Summary:
The USG is currently accepting applciations for a Legal Counsel position in the Office of Legal Affairs. The Legal Counsel position is responsible for managing components of the higher education system's legal affairs, such as advising on legal issues relating to students, faculty, and staff, contracts, intellectual property, personnel matters, real estate transactions, and related legal matters. The classification provides legal advice to executive level positions at the System Office and individual system institutions. This position is responsible for ensuring the USG's senior leadership has proper legal advice to conduct the business of the University System. This position is also anticipated to serve as the Open Records Officer for the System Office.

  • Coordinates compliance with the Open Records Act as the Open Records Officer.
  • Identifies and prioritizes the response to various areas of legal risk and establishes a clearly understood framework for legal policies.
  • Receives and investigates inquiries and complaints from system and institutional administrators, including matters related to system policies.
  • Confers with system employees on matter involving legal interpretations and decisions related to institutional activities, policy questions and operating problems.
  • Conducts research on state and federal legislation and administrative and court decisions; investigates legal problems and makes recommendations.
  • Drafts, reviews and approves policies and procedures, bylaws, and other documents within legal specialty areas.
  • Educates system employees on relevant state and federal laws, policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Prepares, reviews, and negotiates agreements for the Board of Regents and for system institutions.
  • Advises senior management on legal issues related to commercial matters.
  • Provides legal counsel and support to system departments and divisions.
  • Assists Secretary to the Board with Board duties.
  • Reviews and analyzes proposed legislation.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Current member of the Georgia Bar, or another state's bar and able to become licensed in the State of Georgia within one year after date of hire
  • 1 - 3 years of experience actively practicing law

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Ability to work with many varying constituents, including but not limited to the Board of Regents, the Chancellor, the Chancellor's senior staff, Presidents of institutions within the University System of Georgia and their administrators
  • Knowledge of board-level governance, functions, and relationships and history
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws, rules and regulations impacting higher education
  • Knowledge of state ethics and government transparency regulations
  • Skill in written communication with executive and subject matter expert audiences and the news media
  • Skill in collaborating with multiple constituents
  • Skill in decision-making and problem-solving
  • Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public
  • Skills in oral and written communication
  • Ability to conduct investigations and articulate findings and results of investigations
  • Ability to respond diplomatically to sensitive and critical issues
  • Ability to effectively multi-task