General Counsel

Samford University
Birmingham, Alabama
Salary and Benefits
Posted Date
Oct 4, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Legal Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The General Counsel (GC), as chief legal officer of the University, provides legal advice and representation for the University, its Board of Trustees, the President and other executive leaders, faculty and staff employees acting in the scope of their University employment. Other GC responsibilities include management of other attorneys and staff in the Office of General Counsel, designation, coordination, and collaboration with the University’s outside legal counsel, and communications with insurers and other institutional advisors.

  • Provide legal advice to the University Board of Trustees, administration, faculty and staff as appropriate.
  • Prepare or manage the creation and revision of University organizational and governance documents.
  • Review, revise and/or prepare contracts, policies, procedures and other documents relating to the academic and business activities and programs of the University.
  • Oversee outside legal counsel in all litigation, administrative, arbitration, mediation, grievance, and other proceedings in which the University is a party or has an interest.
  • Collaborate with insurers regarding claims, coverages, indemnities and other risk management matters.
  • Advise University administrators, deans, department chairs, and leadership regarding employment matters, including compliance, tenure, promotion, performance, and disciplinary issues, including allegations of unlawful discrimination.
  • Manage the University response to subpoenas, inquiries by state and federal agencies, and other judicial or governmental inquiries.
  • Provide training to employees and student organizations regarding various legal subjects such as intellectual property, sponsored research, Clery Act, employment law, privacy law, and FERPA.
  • Offer analysis and advice concerning institutional compliance with applicable accreditation standards.
  • Represent the University in business transactions including, without limitation, purchases, sales and leases of real estate, bonds, loans and other financing facilities, facility-related matters, and agreements with service providers and other independent contractors.
  • Assist the Department of Public Safety (DPS) in various matters relating to federal, state and local laws governing campus safety and security and DPS jurisdiction, standards and regulation.
  • Provide advice and other assistance to the Department of Athletics concerning compliance with applicable NCAA and Southern Conference requirements and governing state and federal laws.
  • Advise University Advancement in the structure, formulation and creation of donor agreements.
  • Review, revise and/or create facility use agreements for internal and external use of University buildings, grounds and other physical improvements.
  • Review and provide advice concerning public health laws, regulations and orders affecting the University community.

Required qualifications: 

  • Admitted to practice and in good standing with the Alabama State Bar
  • Juris Doctor degree or equivalent from an ABA accredited law school
  • At least ten years of corporate legal experience. Higher education law experience is preferred but not required
  • Demonstrated success in effectively serving a broad and diverse clientele
  • Excellent communication, legal analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Commitment to the Christian faith that translates into personal application and practice in the performance of work responsibilities, church leadership, family, and external relationships
  • Ability to analyze complex legal and operational issues, offer well-developed advice, and make high level decisions when required.
  • Evidence of collaborative leadership including management of interpersonal conflict situations and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, students, and others.
  • Well-developed organization, writing and presentation skills
  • Personal integrity and proven leadership abilities, including decisiveness, the ability to motivate and to foster accountability, sound judgment, and capability to concurrently work on numerous matters, both substantial and routine.

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