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Vice President and General Counsel; Secretary to Board of Trustees

Springfield College
Springfield, Massachusetts
Salary and benefits are competitive and appropriate for experience and qualifications
Posted Date
Aug 23, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Legal Affairs
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Reporting directly to the President the Vice President and General Counsel serves as the chief legal officer for the College providing and/or coordinating all legal services to the College, Board of Trustees, President, senior staff and College departments. Serves as an ex officio, non-voting member of the Board of Trustees and serves as the Secretary to the Board of Trustees, providing support and guidance to all Trustee operations.

Responsibilities include:

Provide legal representation to the College on all legal matters, including interpreting laws, regulations and policies, oversee investigations, respond to regulatory complaints/inquiries, and handle/direct litigation. Negotiate and advise on contracts, affiliation agreements and other transactional matters, health law/risk management issues, and regulatory compliance issues.

Conduct legal research and analysis of legal and policy issues affecting the College, while providing oversight of the Internal Auditor. The Vice President and General Counsel will also maintain and develop relationships with government leaders at the local, regional, state and federal levels, including engagement with the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts (AICUM).

As Secretary to the Board of Trustees, provide the infrastructure necessary for the Board of Trustees to discharge its fiduciary obligations. Duties include: organize and staff all Board and committee meetings and executive sessions; create and distribute Board materials in collaboration with the President; maintain Board records, budget and technology infrastructure; perform Board orientation; analysis and revision of Board enabling statues, policies and bylaws; and ensure compliance with applicable laws regarding the Board's authority.

Provide training and education on a wide variety of legal topics impacting the College.

A Juris Doctorate degree required from an ABA accredited law school; must be licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with a minimum of eight years of broad general legal practice. Preferred experience in advising higher education institutions and experience in specific higher education issues such as Title IX, FERPA, and HIPAA laws and regulations.

The successful candidate must be a member of the Massachusetts bar in good standing or a good standing member of another state bar and eligible to join the Massachusetts bar without taking the bar exam.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Higher-education organizational operations
  • Management
  • Legal documentation
  • Recordkeeping and maintenance
  • Contract review and drafting
  • Budgeting and strategic planning
  • Health care financial, regulatory and compliance matters
  • Provide accurate, timely, thorough and well-reasoned legal advice regarding the substantive areas of law.

Occasional evening, holiday, or weekend work required during Board of Trustees meetings on weekends and other college events as expected.

Occasional travel to regional campuses for legal matters.

The review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

This position has been designed as forward facing and as such, the incumbent will be required to be immunized against COVID-19 on or before their first day of employment. Proof of vaccination status, or an attestation to the same effect, will be required. Individuals may seek ADA accommodations or a religious exemption, upon request with HR, but must do so prior to their arrival.

Springfield College is committed to enhancing diversity and equity in education and employment. To that end, the College welcomes candidates from all backgrounds and lived experiences, who will contribute to a culture of inclusion and respect. For more information about Springfield College's position on diversity and inclusion, please visit our Office of Inclusion and Community Engagement.


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