Attorney / Assistant General Counsel

Florida Polytechnic University
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 24, 2023

Make a difference at one of Florida’s premier institutions for education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Florida Polytechnic University, ranked the No. 1 public college in the region by U.S. News and World Report, offers a unique working environment that encourages faculty and staff to be part of a culture that prizes collaboration, innovation, and the willingness to go above and beyond to ensure our students and University succeed. Florida Poly offers a small campus academic environment where students form connections with their faculty and peers as they pursue high-value degrees in engineering and applied sciences.

The University is equipped with cutting-edge facilities and equipment and two award-winning, architecturally distinct academic buildings. Its evolving curriculum, designed to meet the needs of industry and provide a life-long educational foundation for students, has helped the institution grow in prominence since its opening in 2014. Florida Poly’s deliberately small classes, affordability, and outstanding graduate outcomes have helped it earn recognitions such as being named a top value school, in the top 25 nationally for affordability, and in the top five best universities in the South for tech students. Accredited by ABET and SACSCOC, Florida Poly is educating some of the brightest minds in Florida and attracting standout talent from across the nation.


Attorney / Assistant General Counsel


Florida’s only public university exclusively teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is looking for exceptional candidates to serve as an Attorney/Assistant General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel.

The Attorney/Assistant General Counsel is a licensed attorney, whose principal function is to provide professional legal services by representing and advising the University through interpreting federal and state laws, rules, and regulations, interpreting, and preparing regulations and policies of the University and Board of Governors, preparing legal documents, and handling litigation issues. Applies specialized skills and knowledge to perform a variety of tasks independently. Contributes to the development of university regulations, policies, and procedures. May lead or participate in cross-functional teams or projects.


The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is a small, collaborative team of legal professionals that provides legal advice to University leadership. The OGC supports each other and encourages growth and teamwork, while respecting independence. Due to its small size, all members of the OGC have the opportunity to cross train in multiple areas and learn new areas of the law related to higher education. OGC attorneys are true generalists with working knowledge and expertise in a broad array of practice areas.


Legal Support and Advice :
  • Representing and advising the University in one or more of the following areas: student affairs (including Admissions and Enrollment, Student Records and FERPA, Financial Aid, and International Student matters), business and financial affairs (including complex business transactions, contract law, public procurement law, auxiliary enterprises, and labor and employment law), compliance, research, intellectual property, and university governance (supporting the Board of Trustees and DSOs), among other areas.
Regulatory Support :
  • Interpreting federal and state laws, rules and regulations, and the regulations and policies of the University and BOG. Preparing and promulgating University regulations and policies.
Litigation Issues :
  • Handling subpoenas and advising with respect to public records requests. Monitoring claims, grievances, and litigation.
Training :
  • Prepare and deliver training, informational materials and consultation on legal subject matters for the university community.
Professional Development :
  • Required to learn new areas of law, as necessary, and to cross train in support of department. Also required to participate in other professional development opportunities necessary to maintain license to practice law.
  • Skills with the following hardware and software applications: MS Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, and Westlaw.
  • Knowledge of Florida and federal law applicable to higher education.
  • Skills in legal research and writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • Must hold a J.D. or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated interest in areas impacting the legal aspects of Higher Education.
  • Experience working in a university or state agency environment.
  • Preference for at least one to four years of experience as an attorney.
  • Must be a member of the Florida Bar in good standing.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • This position requires a criminal background check, which may include a Level II screening as required by Florida Statute §435.04.
  • This position is subject to federal and state privacy regulations.
NORMAL WORK SCHEDULE: This position is salary exempt. The normal work schedule is Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., however, occasional overtime (weekends and evenings) may be required. Travel between campus locations may be required.

TARGET HIRING SALARY: $64,000 - $78,000, commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE: The position is open until filled; however, review of applications will commence immediately.

APPLICATION PROCESS: In addition to completing the online application, all Applicants are required to upload the following as an attachment to the application (preferably in PDF format):

• Cover Letter

• Resume


Florida Polytechnic University is an equal opportunity/equal access institution. It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to provide equal opportunity for employment and educational opportunities to all (including applicants for employment, employees, applicants for admission, students, and others affiliated with the University) without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or genetic information.


Florida Poly qualified employees have the opportunity to take advantage of a variety of health benefits (through the State of Florida) to help meet their specific needs, as well as the needs of their family. This comprehensive coverage includes flexible spending accounts, medical and life insurance, and workers compensation.

· Health benefits are administered through People First , on behalf of the State of Florida, as pre-tax insurance plans. People First handles all new hire enrollments, coverage changes, premium administration, and dependent eligibility.

· Their Service Center is staffed Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. EST, at 1-866-663-4735.


Required attachments are listed on each posting. Please be sure to attach all required documents in the Resume/CV field before continuing through the application. Once your application has been submitted, no changes may be made and additional attachments will not be considered.

An unofficial copy of the degree/transcript is acceptable during the application process. For positions requiring a degree, the official transcripts are required upon hire.

Foreign Transcript: Transcripts issued outside of the United States require a equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the application deadline.

All document(s) must be received on or before the closing date of the job announcements.

This position requires a background check, which may include a level II screening as required by the Florida Statute §435.04.

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