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Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel

University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont
Posted Date
Jul 18, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Legal Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel (#F2311PO)


The Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel leads the University of Vermont’s Office of the General Counsel and serves as the chief advisor to the president and the board of trustees on all legal matters related to the university. Reporting to the president and serving as a key member of the senior administration, the General Counsel provides leadership to a strong legal affairs team and provides outstanding legal services and advice aligned with the university’s mission and strategic imperatives. This role is an excellent opportunity for a skilled attorney and seasoned administrator to contribute to the ongoing success of the state’s flagship university.


UVM’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC) works closely with internal clients to advance their objectives by providing timely advice, expert legal guidance, vigorous advocacy, and creative problem-solving, with an unwavering commitment to the university’s advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion and the highest standards of ethics and integrity. The OGC comprises a cohesive group of attorneys in addition to the General Counsel and support staff and collaborates with partners across UVM and outside the university.


Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary counsel and trusted advisor to the president, the senior leadership team, deans, and the board of trustees Serve as assistant secretary to the board of trustees, performing board-related duties as delegated by the board chair Provide counsel to board committees and administrative liaisons on board governance, board meetings, and all matters before the board Engage academic and administrative unit leaders to ensure they operate within regulatory frameworks and with effective legal strategies Provide counsel to leaders of divisions of Student Affairs, Faculty Affairs, Research, Strategic Communications, Safety and Compliance, Enterprise Technology Systems, Human Resources, Athletics, and others in pursuing strategic initiatives Foster a university-wide culture of innovation that promotes pursuit of mission-centered, ethical and compliant opportunities for strategic growth Maintain expert and thorough knowledge of current and emerging critical issues facing higher education institutions, and their potential legal and reputational impacts for the university Lead the Office of the General Counsel as an effective manager, directing workflow and delegating responsibilities appropriately, with the highest ethical standards and a supportive professional environment Represent the university in legal matters before state and federal courts and administrative agencies as needed Lead university policy development with keen knowledge of laws and regulations, awareness of the university’s mission, and recognition of shared governance Retain outside counsel when appropriate and oversee legal services performed on behalf of the university by outside counsel Collaborate with the executive director of government relations on strategies for engaging local, state, and federal officials and agencies in support of the university’s mission Partner with the Chief Human Resources Officer on labor relations, collective bargaining, contract administration, and other employment matters


Education and Experience Requirements

  • Juris Doctor degree Admitted to practice law in Vermont or be eligible and admitted within one year of appointment Minimum 10 years of legal practice across broad areas of relevance to higher education Direct experience in a university office of general counsel strongly preferred


Review of applications will begin promptly. Applicants will be considered as materials are received until the position is filled.


The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any category legally protected by federal or state law.


About The University of Vermont

Since 1791, the University of Vermont has moved humankind forward. Today, UVM is a public Ivy and top 100 research university of a perfect size, large enough to offer a breadth of ideas, resources, and opportunities, yet small enough to enable close faculty-student mentorship at all levels of study, from bachelor’s to doctoral and M.D. programs. At UVM, students’ educational experience and activities are enriched by our location — from the energy and innovation of Burlington to the forests, farms, and independent spirit of Vermont. UVM students and alumni explore the world, challenge ideas, and solve the most pressing issues of our time.


*Online job posting contains further position and minimum qualification details.


To apply, please visit: (Posting #F2311PO)

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