Description:

Position Summary:
This is an on-site position located on our main campus in Cullowhee, NC. Final job title is pending UNC System Office approval.

This is an on-site position located on our main campus in Cullowhee, NC. The Assistant/Associate General Counsel supports the General Counsel and functions as a generalist, providing services in a variety of subject areas routinely handled by the Legal Counsel Office. Areas of advice may include student discipline and affairs; Title IX; constitutional law; policy development and review; real estate; construction; utilities; labor and employment; contracts; civil rights; open meetings; public records; law enforcement; administrative litigation; litigation management; compliance; risk management; tax, tax-exempt financing; healthcare; athletics; intellectual property; technology transfer; sponsored research; information technology; immigration; and ethics/conflicts of interest. The Assistant General Counsel supports the activities of the General Counsel, Associate General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer, the Title IX Coordinator, and the University Investigator.

The Office of Legal Counsel is a fast-paced, high-volume, intellectually challenging work environment that requires its attorneys to be available whenever university officials need assistance. The university has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and to maintaining working and learning environments that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination.

The incumbent should possess the following characteristics, knowledge, and skills:
  • Honesty and integrity;
  • Strong work ethic;
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion in fulfillment of the university's mission;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills and reasoned judgment;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others;
  • Familiarity with a broad range of legal issues that arise in a public higher education setting; and
  • Aptitude to provide counsel, services, and practical solutions to clients that take into consideration legal imperatives, business objectives, and the university's culture.

Minimum Qualifications:
Juris doctorate or the equivalent from a school or college of law accredited by the American Bar Association; At least 3+ years of experience (Assistant) or 7+ years of experience (Associate) as a practicing attorney; North Carolina State Bar membership in good standing.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience and proven success as legal counsel to a public institution of higher education, including experience within the University of North Carolina system; Experience with Title IX; Experience in healthcare law or intellectual property law.