General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs

Louisiana, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 10, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Loyola University New Orleans is a Catholic, Jesuit university, located in the heart of the picturesque Uptown neighborhood in New Orleans. For more than 100 years, Loyola has helped shape the lives of our students, as well as the history of our city and the world, through educating men and women in the Jesuit traditions of academic excellence and service to others. Our more than 50,000 living graduates serve as catalysts for change in their communities around the world as they exemplify the comprehensive, values-laden education they received at Loyola.

Reporting directly to the President and as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs will provide legal advice and support to the Board of Trustees, President, senior leadership, administrators, faculty, and staff. Additionally, this position will serve as liaison with federal, local and state governmental agencies for the coordination of University activities and outreach to government.   As a trusted advisor and strategic business partner, this key role will provide sound guidance on legal issues and on the legal aspects of business, public policy, statutory and regulatory compliance, real estate, construction and other matters affecting the university and higher education as a whole.  Many issues, such as academic freedom, sponsored research, shared governance, and student rights and obligations, are unique to the academic environment and add complexity to the more traditional and predictable legal and business issues encountered by any complex organization.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school. Licensed and in good standing as an attorney, in Louisiana or another U.S. state. Minimum of 8 years’ experience practicing law. Proven ability to build teams, advance mission, and work collaboratively with the President's leadership team, Board of Trustees, Deans, and Department Chairs, across divisional boundaries. Ability to analyze and make sound recommendations on complex management and administrative issues, including identifying alternative practical solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions, and making recommendations aligned with the University’s goals and mission. Superior interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work well with a broad range of stakeholder. Strong influencing skills. Ability to anticipate needs and pivot successfully and appropriately while balancing competing priorities. Preferred Qualifications: Prior supervisory experience. Experience in higher education. Experience with government and/or government relations. Physical Requirements: Ability to complete the above duties with or without reasonable accommodations.



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