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Assistant/Associate General Counsel



Job Summary

The Assistant/Associate General Counsel provides complex legal advice and representation to University administration as assigned by the Vice President and General Counsel.

Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to establishing and maintaining an inclusive working and learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of the campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview.

At FGCU, we collectively stand against any individual or group that practices any form of racism, discrimination, intolerance, hate expressions, or disrespect. We are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious beliefs, abilities, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, family statuses, and military backgrounds. FGCU strives to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our University stronger. The University community recognizes the importance of a diverse and inclusive institution and holds these ideals as paramount for the current and future success of the institution.

We seek colleagues who promote and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position as we believe that our University will grow and move forward through a commitment of equality for all.

Job Description

Typical duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Advises and consults with university on legal rights and obligations.
  • Provides professional legal advice and counseling related to varied matters including employment laws, contracts, litigation, administrative law, compliance issues, FERPA, public records, corporate law, and international law.
  • Advises on and contributes to University policy development.
  • Provides training on various subjects.
  • Maintain awareness of current legislation.
  • Maintains Financial Disclosure in accordance with Chapter 112 F.S.
Other Duties:
  • Consults with the Vice President and General Counsel on all significant matters involving the Board of Trustees, Board of Governors, senior leadership, and local government to ensure consistency with University objectives and strategies.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
Additional Job Description

Required Qualifications:
  • J.D from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Five years of relevant professional full-time legal experience.
  • Any appropriate combination of relevant education, experience, and/or certifications may be considered for years of experience.
  • Must be a member of the Florida Bar and licensed to practice in the State of Florida.
  • Experience operating a personal computer and proficient with Microsoft Office (Word and Outlook).
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in a higher education setting, or advising clients in higher education, or in a governmental agency ; familiarity with Florida Sunshine laws; general litigation background.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, statutes, regulations, codes, and standards related to higher education issues.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical, research, and legal writing skills.
  • Ability to work successfully as both a member of a team and independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to use time-management techniques to effectively manage a varied and heavy workload.
  • Ability to interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies and procedures consistently.
  • Ability to diffuse and respond professionally to stressful situations and difficult people.
  • Ability to negotiate terms of a contract.
  • Ability to effectively train, supervise, and support the knowledge and proficiency of employees.
  • Ability to thrive in an organization that values the diversity of its student body and workforce and actively promotes equity and inclusion.
  • Ability to think critically and creatively, have a high standard of integrity, and be motivated to incorporate best practices into the organizational structure.
  • Ability to effectively function in a high-level position requiring utmost confidentiality, discretion, tact, and judgment.
  • Ability to be appropriately assertive in garnering consensus and in distinguishing between high and low priority legal issues.
  • Ability to show self-initiative and when to communicate with and seek guidance from the Vice President and General Counsel.
Salary: Commensurate with experience

This posting will close at 11:59 pm on Monday, April 3, 2023.

FGCU is an EOE AA /F/Vet/Disability Employer.

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