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General Counsel

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Reporting to the President, the General Counsel is responsible for leading the Office of General Council at Colorado School of Mines (Mines), which provides in-house legal services for Mines, including strategic consultation and support to the President and to senior leaders and campus departments on a comprehensive range of complex legal issues, policies, and procedures. The General Council also serves as an advisor to the President and is a member of the President’s Executive Team and Cabinet. The General Counsel supervises and leads a team of legal professionals and works closely with the state Attorney General’s office.

Accessible and collaborative, the General Counsel will have well-developed analytical and communication skills, including the ability to carefully assess complex matters and advise leadership on the management of risk and response. The General Counsel is responsible for a wide range of legal, regulatory, policy, and governance issues that may arise, providing advice directly or in consultation with the State Attorney General’s Office, or by engaging the services of outside counsel. This leader will work with others at Mines to develop or modify practices and procedures to conform with legal requirements and to manage risk; act as a liaison with outside legal firms; monitor litigation of importance to Mines; and keep informed on legislation and case law developments affecting Mines operations.

The General Counsel serves as Secretary to the Board of Trustees. In that role, the General Counsel provides support, consultation and guidance on matters of the Board as needed.

Position Responsibilities
  • Provides legal counsel and guidance to the President, the Board of Trustees and members of the university community on a wide variety of legal matters relevant to the university.
  • Anticipates and identifies current and potential future legal issues and counsels senior leaders on how those may affect current and anticipated university operations, strategic plans, and business and policy decisions.
  • Leads a team of attorneys and a paralegal who serve the University’s needs.
  • Researches, reviews, interprets, and prepares advice, assistance, and legal opinions (written and oral) to the President and other senior leaders of the Mines.
  • Working with the Office of Compliance and Policy, reviews institutional policies and procedures to ensure compliance with law and good practice. Assists in drafting new policies and amending existing ones.
  • Renders advice on a wide range of legal topics including but not limited to student matters, discrimination and harassment complaints.
  • Partners with Human Resources regarding employee matter, including, compliance questions under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other anti-discrimination laws, and adherence to state and federal wage, overtime, and employee benefits laws.
  • Provides input and counsel regarding state legislative matters.
  • Provides advice on statutory or regulatory reporting requirements.
  • Represents or oversees the representation of the university in judicial and administrative proceedings. Oversees all litigation and administrative agency proceedings in which the university is involved. Assists outside counsel as needed.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with other Institutes of Higher Education to share best practices and stay connected on sector-specific matters.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the President, the Board of Trustees or members of the Executive Team.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school
  • Strong academic credentials
  • Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado or must become so licensed within six (6) months of hire.
  • Ten years’ experience working in a legal setting of a complex, multi-faceted organization, preferably some of those years supervising a team of legal professionals.
  • Seven years’ experience working as a practicing attorney in an institution of higher education.
  • Demonstrated success in effectively serving a broad, diverse and demanding clientele.
  • Excellent legal research, analysis and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience in working cohesively on team projects.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of Colorado State laws and regulations.
  • Experience advising a Board of Trustees.
  • Able to work independently to move projects forward, and collaborate with senior leaders for broader institutional concerns.
Salary and Benefits

Annual salary rate of $210,000 - $230,000

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Colorado School of Mines offers a robust portfolio of benefits for all employees. For this role, that includes:
  • Fully paid health and dental premiums
  • Generous sick/vacation time: 13 paid holidays per year – including a week-long winter break for entire campus.
  • Fully vested retirement plan on first day of employment, with generous employer contribution
  • Tuition benefits (6 credits per year for employees, 50 percent discount for dependents)
  • Free RTD Ecopass
All Mines employees also have access to discount programs through the State of Colorado and free tickets for Mines Athletics home games, as well as access to the on-campus Recreation Center (fitness classes and training, swimming pool and more), equipment rentals through the Outdoor Rec Center, the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP), and backup child and elder care. Coming soon is an on-campus daycare center. For more information about benefits at Mines, go to .

How to Apply

Applicants are required to:
  • Complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veteran status)
  • Upload a resume or CV
  • Upload a cover letter.
This posting will close at midnight, October 1, 2023. Applications will not be accepted after that date and time.

References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.

Please contact Kathy White at with questions about this opportunity.

Mines welcomes everyone to our team; in your application, please feel free to note which pronouns you use (For example - she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, etc). If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.

Successful Completion of a Background Investigation is Required for this Position.

About Mines & Golden, CO

When the world looks for answers, the world looks to Mines.

Colorado School of Mines is a top-ranked public university solving the grand challenges facing our society, particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment. Founded in 1874 with specialties in mining and metallurgy, Mines’ scope and mission have continually expanded to meet the needs of industry and society. Today, we are the No. 38 public university in the nation, recognized for our innovation and undergraduate teaching in science, technology engineering and math (U.S. News and World Report, 2023).

Mines graduates are change makers, boundary breakers and problem solvers. Since our earliest days, a Mines education has been and continues to be a transformational opportunity, with one of the strongest returns on investment out there for talented STEM students of all backgrounds.

At the same time, Mines faculty members are pushing their fields in new directions, whether that’s manufacturing, space resources, quantum engineering, carbon capture or more. Mines was recently classified as a R1 “Very High Activity” research institution by Carnegie, a notable feat for any university but particularly one of our size.

That size – roughly 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students – also translates to a close-knit campus community, where employees have opportunities to get involved in multiple ways, continued professional learning is valued and everyone can make an impact.

Community Alliance groups bring together employees for professional development, networking, cultural awareness and community involvement, and all Mines employees also have access to the wealth of activities happening every day on campus – nationally-renowned speakers, special events and Mines traditions like Engineering Days, just to name a few.

And don’t get us started on our hometown. We are located in the heart of Golden, Colorado --with its charming historic downtown and nearby hiking trails – and in close proximity to all that Denver and the Rocky Mountains have to offer. That includes the sunny, high-altitude climate and outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities that make the Denver area an ideal place to live, work and play.

Are you looking for an inspiring, mission-driven workplace where you can contribute to solving the world’s problems and educating the next generation of change makers? Are you an individual who values a diverse and inclusive community, where our different perspectives, experiences and cultures enrich the educational and work experience?

Look to Mines.

Equal Opportunity

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons. Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

If you like working with energetic enthusiastic individuals, you will enjoy your career with us!

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