Closing Date: 28th February, 2023

Description:

This Associate University Counsel is an associate level attorney in the Office and provides the full spectrum of advice and representation to the University on matters related to real estate, construction, and public finance. This position is expected to work independently on a full case load of legal matters with some guidance, input and direction from the Associate Vice President and Senior Counsel (Senior Counsel). The Associate University Counsel reports to the Senior Counsel.

Manage all aspects of assigned real estate, construction, and public finance transactions, including:
  • Perform, manage, and represent the University in all real estate, construction, and public finance activities on assigned matters, including research, drafting, reviewing, editing, negotiating, etc. Real estate matters include purchase and sale of property, use of space, leases, land use/planning, land development, and financing. Construction matters include both new construction and renovations/remodeling and involve contract negotiation and drafting as well as construction and contract administration and interpretation. Public finance matters include capital financing for public projects, public-private partnerships, and general financial compliance issues.
  • Take a lead role in setting, recommending, and executing strategies that will ensure the University’s interests are represented in the best, most cost?effective manner.
  • Manage relationships with and activities of relevant governmental entities and third parties.
  • Manage relationships with outside law firms retained to represent the University and ensure alignment on case strategy, budget, and staffing.
  • Identify, recommend, and implement process improvements to assist the Office’s handling of real estate matters.

Provide day-to-day legal advice and counseling to University clients regarding the full spectrum of real estate, construction and public finance issues and other assigned matters, including purchase and sale of property, use of space, leases, land use, construction, land development/planning, and financing and related laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Provide legal counsel on real estate, construction and public finance matters specifically related to higher education and public sector entities including state and federal laws applicable to universities and entities receiving federal and state funding, University regulations, policies and other governing authorities, Board of Governors regulations and federal and state agency opinion letters and guidance.
  • Participate as an advisor to relevant boards, committees and tasks forces of the University, its direct support organization and affiliates.
  • Advise on and assist with the development and modification of agreement templates, regulations, policies, standard operating procedures, protocols, best practices, training, guidance, and communications.
  • Advise clients during strategic/transaction/project management related decision-making processes.
  • Identify and assess legal risks, opportunities and relevant changes or emerging trends within the real estate, construction and public finance areas and advise accordingly.
  • Work closely with real estate, construction and public finance related clients, including administrators and staff in the University’s Office of Real Estate; the Office of the Chief Financial Officer; the Office of the Chief Operating Officer; Planning, Design & Construction; Business Affairs; the Health Centers; the Provost’s Office; the Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences; University colleges; and University direct support organizations and other affiliates.
  • Provide training to clients and stakeholders on legal compliance, policies, and procedures.

Advise and represent the University in other legal matters as requested or assigned.

Expected Salary:
$140,000-$160,000

Minimum Requirements:
Law degree (L.L.B or J.D.) and two years experience as an attorney. Must be a member of the Florida Bar or become a member within twelve months of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • A law degree (J.D.) and five to seven years of experience as a practicing real estate attorney.
  • A demonstrated proficiency and experience in all aspects of real estate, construction, and public finance legal representation.
  • Experience handling real estate matters common to public higher education institutions or other public entities.
  • Good project manager who is able to bring various constituencies and stakeholders together to complete projects timely and efficiently.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Team player who is comfortable with a dynamic and changing environment that emphasizes collaboration and team performance over management hierarchy.
  • Ability to manage numerous projects and matters simultaneously under tight deadlines while maintaining a good sense of humor and positive attitude.
  • Skilled oral and written communicator.
  • Creative thinker with strong problem-solving skills and the ability to stay calm under challenging circumstances.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter and resume.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No