Associate General Counsel

This position reports directly to the General Counsel and will advise on a variety of matters for the University, including representing and advising on a diversified portfolio of legal matters including strategic transactions, contract review and drafting and intellectual property. Overview:

Quinnipiac University invites applications for an exciting new opportunity as the Associate General Counsel. Reporting directly to the General Counsel, the Associate General Counsel will advise on a variety of matters for the University, including representing and advising on a diversified portfolio of legal matters including strategic transactions, contract review and drafting and intellectual property. In addition to providing counsel to schools, and business units, the successful candidate will help ensure compliance with applicable employment, student, and other regulatory requirements, including by developing policies and advising or participating on cross-functional committees and task forces.

About Quinnipiac: Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 7,000 full-time undergraduate and 3,000 graduate and part-time students in 100 degree programs through its Schools of Business, Communications, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s “Best Colleges” issue. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges.” Quinnipiac has been named a “Great College to Work For” as determined by a comprehensive industry survey. For more information, please visit www.qu.edu. An education at Quinnipiac embodies the University’s commitment to preparing graduates for 21st century careers and citizenship, creating an inclusive, excellence-driven community, nurturing and positively impacting internal, local and global communities and fostering lifelong connections and success. The University believes in educating a diverse student body to become valued and contributing members of their communities through vital and purposeful educational programs. Students engage with real-world issues through practice and considering different perspectives. The University’s innovative curriculum further prepares undergraduate and graduate students to understand their roles and responsibilities as members of the Quinnipiac community as well as the larger national and global communities. Responsibilities:
  • Interpreting commercial contract requirements based on information provided by university leadership
  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a variety of contracts and other legal agreements
  • Advising on and assisting in the structuring of transactions, drafting, and negotiating necessary agreements, and performing due diligence activities
  • Assisting Quinnipiac University in protecting its intellectual property assets
  • Proactively counselling university leadership and business units/departments on day-to-day operations and helping manage risk by providing practical legal and business-oriented solutions to complex issues
  • Knowledgeable on compliance/enterprise risk management issues
  • Conducting legal research, as needed
  • Building close cross-functional relationships throughout Quinnipiac and obtaining and maintaining a solid knowledge of products, services, and business objectives
  • Representing and encouraging a culture focused on integrity, respect, and inclusion
  • Collaborating with colleagues throughout the organization on strategic initiatives/projects
Education Requirements:
  • JD from accredited law school
Qualifications:
  • Admitted to practice law and in good standing in Connecticut
  • 5-7 years of previous experience working in a law firm or corporate law department as in-house counsel
  • Experience in commercial transactions, contract drafting, intellectual property and/or risk/compliance
  • Solid transactional background, including interpreting, drafting and negotiating contracts, letters of agreement, NDAs, and other documents related to a variety of commercial, financial, and operational matters
  • Knowledge of intellectual property law
  • Strong strategic thinking skills, with a track record of delivering pragmatic solutions to complex business issues
  • Proven track record of interpreting federal, state and local laws and regulations and applying them to complex organizational issues
  • Experience working collaboratively with business partners to assess and manage organizational risk
  • Experience collaborating on operational efficiency initiatives and creating and executing process improvements
  • Agility and ability to quickly assess business challenges and make timely recommendations
  • Experience interacting with non-lawyer, business and technical clients
  • Ability to work well independently and within a team
  • Exceptional judgment and impeccable integrity; confidentiality and discretion is of the utmost importance
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of staff
  • Easygoing, down to earth style
  • Commitment to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community and continuous learning
  • Special Instructions to Applicants: Quinnipiac University is considering only those applicants who have valid authorization to work in the United States. Quinnipiac University does not sponsor employment based visas for this position.

    TO APPLY:

    Applications must be submitted electronically and include a resume, cover letter addressing how your experience supports the requirements of this position and Quinnipiac’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and contact information for three references on the application form.

    Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity.

    Quinnipiac University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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