Deputy General Counsel & Associate Secretary

New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 31, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Deputy General Counsel & Associate Secretary (“Deputy General Counsel”) at New York University provides assistance to the General Counsel, and manages legal functions and day-to-day operations of the Office of General Counsel by providing leadership and operational oversight for activities, legal services, and counsel on policy and procedures for the University. Reporting directly to the General Counsel, the Deputy General Counsel will be a key member of the legal and overall leadership team. The Deputy General Counsel will also support the General Counsel’s oversight of (a) Board of Trustees matters, (b) global operations, (c) non-profit organizational matters and (d) other broad legal support, as needed.

The Deputy General Counsel will be a uniquely positioned, influential and multi-dimensional leader within the Office of the General Counsel. They must be highly engaged, an experienced risk manager as well as a forward thinker, in order to help nurture a proactive legal function necessary in such a preeminent and trailblazing university. The Deputy General Counsel will have an expert knowledge of operational and legal procedures. A naturally mission-driven individual, they will have strong communication and influencing skills, strategic sensibility and a natural instinct to identify innovative solutions and help others.

Additional specific responsibilities include:

  • As articulated above, provide broad leadership and supervision within the Office of the General Counsel, including the development and maintenance of legal activities, policies, and procedures for the University. Oversee outside counsel as needed.
  • Apply expert knowledge to resolve a wide variety of legal matters and issues potentially including but not limited to: litigation, contracts, labor, personnel, intellectual property, student affairs, real estate, healthcare, ethics, compliance and reputational risk.
  • Advise the University on legal policies and procedures as well as federal and state laws. Establish policies consistent with objectives of senior management.
  • Collaboratively engage with others to identify and implement solutions, resources and compliance initiatives.
  • Represent the University on board matters and court proceedings.
  • Assist the General Counsel in advising the executive leadership team and Board of Trustees as needed.
  • Spot, assess, and actively manage risk across the University’s numerous research programs and international campuses.
  • Directly manage the University’s most complex and significant litigation activities.
  • Research issues, contracts and matters.
  • Develop budget requests and written narratives; review and approve departmental operating expenditures.
  • Develop and supervise staff and evaluate performance and staffing needs.


Senior Legal Experience in a Large, Complex Environment: A minimum of 10 years of legal experience, ideally including as direct report or key legal advisor to a chief legal officer at a large, complex higher education institution, or alternatively at a large, complex organization in the private or public sector. Experience serving on or working with a sophisticated management team and/or Board is a distinct advantage.

Excellent Legal Credentials and Broad-based Legal Expertise: J.D. from a well-respected law school. Broad legal knowledge including but not limited to corporate, nonprofit, employment law including negotiations and grievance processing. Successful track record in negotiating contracts and resolving grievances, issues or cases. Experience in litigation and/or compliance preferred. Demonstrated ability to manage risk; articulates clear understanding of legal risk in the context of organizational objectives.

Team and Organizational Leadership: A strong leader with the ability to strategize, communicate persuasively, and effectively advise cllents. Trusted advisor and mentor to others with exceptional judgement and decision-making skills, able to rapidly evaluate information and manage risk. Solutions-oriented, focused on helping clients achieve organizational priorities and goals. A track record of success in leading large-scale projects in a complex organization.

Research and Data Collection Experience: Well-versed in quality data collection and in ensuring adequacy, accuracy and legitimacy of data in large-scale and complex systems. Ability to strictly follow data privacy and security procedures for data handling and analysis to ensure adherence to legal and institutional standards.

Culture Fit & Impact

Collaborative Orientation: Collaborative leader who recognizes the power of the team in maximizing organizational effectiveness. Astute and diplomatic negotiator who can find common ground among different constituents.

Agile and Innovative: Superior intellect and analytical skills; thinks and plans, reframes issues, and quickly cuts through complexity. Entrepreneurial and creative approach to developing new ideas.

Fosters Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Fosters an equitable, transparent and inclusive culture grounded in principles of justice, equity and diversity that values the experiences and perspectives of others. Track record as a champion for diversity and inclusion.

Purpose Driven and Highly Ethical: Zeal for the University’s mission and motivated by purpose-driven work. High ethical standards exhibited in knowledge, practice, and professional responsibility. Exercises sound judgment.

Global Mindset: Globally minded thinker; culturally sensitive and with an awareness of different ways of operating, leading, and of different legal systems.

Location: New York City

Reports to: Aisha Oliver-Staley, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

Contact Information: Please contact to request the full position description or with nominations, interest or questions. Thank you.

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