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Assistant General Counsel for Research and Transactions

University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland
commensurate with experience
Date posted
Oct 5, 2023

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Position Summary:

The Assistant General Counsel (“AGC”) serves as a member of the Office of General Counsel (“OGC”), the in-house office that provides legal support and guidance to the University of Maryland, College Park.

The AGC advises and supports University clients, including the President’s staff, Vice Presidents, Deans, Department Chairs, faculty, and staff. The AGC handles a range of business, corporate, and transactional matters supporting both academic and operational units as assigned by the Vice President and General Counsel (“VPGC”), Deputy General Counsel (“DGC”), and/or Transactional & Regulatory Law Practice Group Leaders. This position teams with and supports the Associate General Counsels, DGC and/or the VPGC on select projects. The AGC assists clients to develop processes, documents, and forms to optimize business approaches; advises clients on strategy; drafts and negotiates agreements; and supports regulatory compliance in a variety of contexts. The AGC will provide other legal services to University clients as directed by the VPGC, DGC, and/or Transactional & Regulatory Law Practice Group Leader.

The AGC provides primary counsel on matters related to the University’s sponsored research enterprise, including research contracts and grants with domestic and international government agencies, foundations, joint ventures, research centers, consortia, corporations, and academic institutions; research safety; regulatory compliance; intellectual property; procurement; public ethics; health services transactions; and other matter for academic and operational units. The AGC has a solid working knowledge of legal, academic and operational issues relevant to the operations of a research-intensive public university, and must develop new subject matter expertise as client needs dictate.

Minimum Qualifications:


Juris Doctor from an accredited U.S. law school and eligibility for admission to Maryland Bar.


Minimum of five (5) years of relevant legal experience at a law firm, university, nonprofit research institute, or federal government contract.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Substantial knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (48 CFR). Outstanding writing, verbal, interpersonal and research skills. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to think strategically, solve problems creatively, and provide advice.



  • Specialization in federal government contracts law while in law school and/or as a substantial part of legal career.
  • Knowledge of the federal Uniform Guidance (2 CFR Part 200). Knowledge of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as it relates to the provision of healthcare services by universities unassociated with a hospital system. Knowledge of the Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Working knowledge of relevant Maryland laws, policies, and processes. Prior legal experience supporting a research-intensive public university.

Additional Information:

REQUIRED additional documentation from all applicants.

Please answer the three (3) supplemental questions below and attach your answers as a PDF under the required documents tab.

  1. This position supports the University’s research and healthcare enterprises, including sponsored research (government and corporate-funded grants and contracts), technology transfer and intellectual property matters, healthcare-related agreements, research- and healthcare-related regulatory compliance matters, and vendor procurements. Please describe a recent accomplishment in two of these areas. Please describe your role in performing work related to federal government agreements over the past 5 years, including (2a) the volume of transactions you handle per month; (2b) the percentage of your workload devoted to federal agreements subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulation and/or Uniform Guidance; (2c) the extent to which you personally draft and negotiate agreements; and (2d) the extent to which you advise on regulatory compliance related to federal agreements. The University is one of the world’s premier research institutions with a campus culture that fosters a comprehensive innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Consider a scenario in which the University has a contract from the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health to develop a new molecular delivery system to trigger helpful immune responses. The University’s Principal Investigator, Dr. Summers, wants to issue a subcontract to Humanon, Inc., a small company started by Dr. Summers and her former PhD student, Dr. Harris. Briefly describe two legal considerations the University should evaluate before issuing a subcontract to Humanon.


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For best consideration, qualified applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, list of at least three professional references, and answers to the required supplemental questions as soon as possible, no later than Friday, October 27, 2023.

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