University Counsel

Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 09, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Position Title

University Counsel

Job Description

The University Attorney is generally responsible for the legal affairs of the institution, and provides legal advice to the University and its internal constituents on a variety of legal matters (e.g. employment, discrimination, Title IX, student affairs, accessibility, privacy and security, property, contracts, partnerships, real estate, compliance with local, state, and federal law, among many others). The University Attorney manages responses to subpoenas and other document production requests (ensuring compliance with applicable laws on open meeting, public records, conflicts of interest, etc.). The University Attorney also reviews and provides advice on University policies and procedures, and promotes good governance by assisting the Board of Governors as needed with bylaws and policies, committee resolutions and other Board work such as facilitating Board of Governor orientation and training.

The University Attorney oversees the Title IX Coordinator, serves as a member of the Emergency Management team, and may be deployed in such other supervisory and committee membership roles as may be appropriate based on expertise and needs of the institution.

The University Attorney serves as representative or agent of the University where legal expertise and business judgment are required, and assists the Office of the Attorney General in representing the University in litigation where applicable. The University Attorney will also be involved in legislative advocacy, governmental relations, and related matters. As needed, the University Attorney will find and coordinate with appropriate outside counsel for specialized expertise.

Required Qualifications

Juris doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school.
Current license to practice in Missouri OR ability to become licensed in Missouri within a reasonable time from the date of hire.
Five (5) years of progressively responsible legal practice experience.
Two (2) years of work experience in, or related to, higher education.

Current license to practice law in Missouri OR ability to become licensed in Missouri within a reasonable time from the date of hire.

• Knowledge of workings of university policies and procedures.
• Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations affecting public institutions of higher education.
• Effective written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate complex ideas clearly, concisely, and persuasively.
• Excellent research and analytical skills.
• Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies across the University and the community.
• Good judgment and critical thinking skills.
• Ability to operate independently and collaboratively with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders.
• Commitments to maintain high level of confidentiality.
• Effective negotiation skills.
• Strong time management skills; ability to handle multiple tasks with accuracy while adhering to tight deadlines.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office software (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Access, and Outlook) and ability to operate other web-based platforms for situational awareness, information management, and mass notification.

Preferred Qualifications

Practice experience in the area of higher education law, preferably as in-house counsel for a college or university.

Physical Demands

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds



Additional Demands

May require occasional travel
May require night and weekend work

Hours of Work

M-F 8:00am-4:30pm

Posting Number


Open Date


Priority Deadline


Open Until Filled

Supplemental Questions

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  1. How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
    • 0-1
    • 1-3
    • 3-5
    • 5-7
    • 7+
  2. If you have not had higher ed experience, please explain your interest in working in this environment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. Please describe the attributes that will make you a strong candidate for this position

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed To Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts (unofficial)
  4. References (3-5 with contact information)
Optional Documents