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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.
- 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
- 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
- Renders advice on a wide range of legal topics including but
not limited to student matters, discrimination and harassment
- 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
- Provides input and counsel regarding state legislative
- Provides advice on statutory or regulatory reporting
- 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
- Performs other duties as assigned by the President, the Board
of Trustees or members of the Executive Team.
- 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
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Experience in working cohesively on team projects.
Salary and Benefits
- 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
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 mines.edu/human-resources/benefits
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
with questions about this
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
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
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
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
Look to Mines.
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
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!