The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for an Associate General Counsel position within the Office of General Counsel.

The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. The University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer (EEO). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. We are committed to building a skilled team that represents a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. This commitment is consistent with our mission: Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.

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The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes:
  • Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses, and dependents upon eligibility
  • A generous Employer retirement contribution of 9.4% of annual salary upon eligibility
  • Medical, dental, and vision options
  • Employer-paid disability, life, and AD&D benefits

Job Summary:
The Associate General Counsel reports to and assists the General Counsel in providing legal advice and service to the University community, including academic and non-academic units; assists in investigating legal claims and managing litigation and other legal proceedings; assists in formulating and implementing institutional strategies for risk prevention and mitigation; works with and supervises outside counsel and effectively manages legal costs; designs and conducts training for the University community; drafts, reviews and negotiates contracts; conducts legal research and analysis; and performs related duties as assigned. Areas of practice reflect the full range of legal issues involved in operating a private doctoral university with multiple schools and campuses. The Associate General Counsel will function as a generalist providing legal advice on a wide range of matters that arise in the operation of a university, with an emphasis on contracts, intellectual property, data security, regulatory compliance, gifts and estates, and litigation management and dispute resolution.

Essential Functions:
  • Providing advice and counsel, (including conducting legal research and analysis and/or working with outside counsel as appropriate), in a range of practice areas in support of the University's operations, including but not limited to contracts; litigation and dispute resolution; academic affairs; student affairs; employment and labor law; employee benefits; regulatory compliance; intellectual property; gifts and estates; taxation; non-profit corporate governance; and general business transactions.
  • Managing and providing support for litigation and other legal and administrative agency proceedings involving the University.
  • Keeping apprised of laws and regulations affecting University operations, developing and updating policies and procedures, and developing and providing training to university constituents.
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts and other legal documents.
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Graduation from an accredited law school with a J.D. or LL.B. degree.
  • Must be admitted and in good standing in Minnesota or other state bar, (admission to the Minnesota bar required within a reasonable time following appointment).
  • Five years of legal practice with substantial experience in transactional legal matters, such as contracts, intellectual property, real estate, governance, gifts and estates, tax and/or regulatory compliance.
  • Fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or eligible for legally required exemption such as a medical or religious reason.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience representing institutions of higher education.