Assistant General Counsel

North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 29, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Position Title Assistant General Counsel Position Number 093531 Department Office of General Counsel - 140000 Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Juris doctorate from a school or college of law accredited by the American Bar Association
  • One to five years of experience as a practicing attorney
  • Computer skills necessary for creation, editing and publication of legal memoranda, briefs, contracts and other work products
License/Certification Required

North Carolina State Bar membership in good standing, or licensure in good standing in another state on the date of initial employment and licensure to practice law in North Carolina within one year following initial employment date pursuant to The University of North Carolina Policy Manual, section 300.1.3.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Assistant General Counsel must demonstrate high ethical standards, including a strong work ethic, honesty and integrity; identify and resolve legal issues; demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in fulfillment of the university’s mission; employ excellent listening, oral, and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, research and analytical skills, and reasoned judgment; prioritize tasks; organize work and supervise staff in fulfillment of the office mission; combine legal considerations with program and policy objectives in development of practical solutions that meet client needs; and utilize word processing and related skills to create, edit, and publish legal memoranda, briefs, contracts, and other work products.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Serving as the primary University legal contact for Appalachian State University’s Laboratory School – the Academy at Middle Fork, including contract matters, employment matters, debt collection, and regulatory compliance;
  • Providing legal advice in the area of athletics compliance, including compliance with NCAA and conference rules;
  • Providing legal advice and support to University Communications personnel pertaining to NC Public Record laws;
  • Providing legal advice and implementation of University policies and regulations on data privacy and security, including but not limited to FERPA, GDPR, HIPAA, and the NC Public Records Act;
  • Providing legal advice and support to University departments in response to cybersecurity incidents and security data breaches;
  • Providing support for the adoption and implementation of University policies and regulations;
  • Provide legal advice to a variety of committees, including the UNC System Lab School Attorneys Working Group, HIPAA Advisory Committee, IP Council, IRB and IACUC, PCI Compliance Committee and others as assigned; and
  • Assist the Office of General Counsel in administering institutional legal affairs by performing other departmentally related duties as required and/or assigned by the General Counsel.
Suggested Salary Range $80,000-$90,000 Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of a professional position within a university setting.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach required documents:
Cover Letter
List a minimum of 3 professional references in the application or attach a List of References with Contact Information

Optional document to attach:
Curriculum Vitae

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

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