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Position Specific Responsibilities
This Assistant General Counsel position will involve performance of general legal services with an emphasis on transactional work, including but not limited to drafting and reviewing contracts, policies, procedures and other legal documents; providing advice to University representatives regarding same; and assisting with University compliance issues and document and information requests.
Summary of Responsibilities
Works with the General Counsel to provide in-house legal representation for the University. Principal responsibilities for the position include, but are not limited to, providing advice on federal and state laws as well as policies of the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) and the University; drafting and reviewing contracts, policies, procedures and other legal documents, and correspondence; representing the General Counsel office on University and community commissions, committees and councils; and representing the University in proceedings before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.
Independently, reviews, revises, drafts and negotiates University contracts. Works closely with multiple internal and external parties, including but not limited to, industry partners, collaborating institutions, government agencies, and faculty and researchers. These include contracts for the purchase of goods and services, research agreements, real estate transactions, and affiliated corporation agreements.
Provides legal advice involving matters arising from the operation of the University by studying and keeping abreast of developments in the law. Responsibilities may include advising about federal and state laws and regulations, and policies and procedures of the University and KBOR; serving on University committees; assisting in formulating policies and monitoring University compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements; reviewing internal discrimination complaints; advising on search and hiring practices; providing training on legal topics; representing the University in federal and state litigation and before federal and state administrative agencies and University grievance bodies; working with the Kansas Attorney General’s Office and outside legal counsel.
Wichita State University is committed to inclusive excellence. WSU is the only urban-serving public university in Kansas and has the most diverse student body of all the Kansas state universities. Wichita State University recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, parental status, political a?liation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran. Wichita State University has a clear goal in this regard: to be the place where our talented faculty and staff re?ect and promote the evolving diversity of our society. We pride ourselves on being the most innovative university in Kansas, delivering the best educational experience to our students with the distinction for opening pathways to real-life learning, applied research and career opportunities that make people want to stay in Kansas. Our campus provides an experience that promotes all forms of diversity, equity and inclusion, a place to learn, work, live and play.
Minimum Education Juris Doctorate degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited institution and admission to the Kansas State Bar within 12 months of hire date
Minimum Experience None
Two years practice in areas of: transactional work, including but not limited to contract development, review, and negotiation; in-house counsel experience; trade secrets; intellectual property; Federal contracting; export control; and conflict of interest.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
A candidate for the Assistant General Counsel position should have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Experience in contract and grant review and preparation.
- Ability to conduct complex legal research.
- Ability to create, compose, and edit legal opinions and other written materials.
- Ability to investigate, analyze information, and draw conclusions.
- Ability to communicate appropriately and professionally, especially with con?dential matters. 6. Ability to counsel employees and resolve complaints and disputes with sound reasoning, decision and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to demonstrate strong command of law in primary areas of legal support.
- Ability to monitor and inform on significant legal developments and state and federal compliance requirements.
- Ability to identify and resolve wide range of legal issues.
- Ability to prioritize tasks, organize work, and supervise staff in the fulfillment of the office mission.
- Ability to combine legal considerations with program and policy objectives in the development of practical solutions that meet client needs.
- Possess well-developed analytic and writing skills.
- Possess excellent listening, oral, and written communication and interpersonal skills.
- Possess mature judgment and the capacity to foster constructive outcomes in a complex environment involving an array of distinct stakeholders and faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds.
- Possess collegial working style, sound judgment, superior intellectual capacity, flexibility, and creativity.
- Demonstrate high ethical standards, including a strong work ethic, honesty, and integrity.
Licenses, Certificates and Registrations
Licensed to practice law in the state of Kansas and in good standing OR the ability to obtain a license to practice in the State of Kansas within 12 months of hire