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Senior Associate Counsel

Montclair State University
Montclair, New Jersey, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 22, 2024

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Job Description


Reporting to the University Counsel, the Senior Associate Counsel plays a pivotal role championing the University's legal interests, and ensuring that the University remains compliant with laws and regulations. This role is integral to the Office of University Counsel and entails working on various legal matters such as transactional and contract work, research, policy drafting and legal analysis with a broad range of academic and administrative offices, including vice presidents, deans, and other university employees acting on behalf of the University . The Senior Associate Counsel contributes to the shaping of the legal landscape of a leading educational institution that offers a collaborative and inclusive work environment.

This is an exciting time to join Montclair as President Jonathan Koppell has laid out an ambitious agenda with the goal of establishing Montclair as the model of a 21st century public-serving research university. This is already taking shape with the acquisition of Bloomfield College , launch of the Next Generation Service Corps , and externally-funded collaborative community projects in nearby communities. The University has been singled out in rankings and news coverage as an emerging star that is worthy of attention and tracking in the years ahead.

  • Attend to a wide range of legal matters affecting the University.

  • Assist in the development of University policies and procedures that are consistent with the statutory and regulatory environment of higher education, including the development of policies that involve legal issues.

  • Represent the University on a broad range of legal proceedings and negotiations.

  • Support the interpretation and application of Constitutional, Federal and state laws and regulations in the management of the University.

  • Manage legal projects, as assigned and ensure timely completion and adherence to legal standards.

  • Prepare correspondence and legal memoranda; formulate responses and defenses in litigation.

  • Draft, review and negotiate a wide variety of agreements and contracts including, without limitation, purchase agreements, vendor contracts, international and domestic affiliation agreements of all types, research agreements, real estate transactions, licensing agreements, non-disclosure agreements, leases, financing agreements, etc.

  • Engage in student disciplinary procedures to uphold a safe and conducive learning environment.

  • Assist in training University administrators, managers and employees in navigating legal matters; provide them with legal guidance/advice, prevent legal issues, and fulfill their responsibilities during legal challenges or litigation.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Management retains the right to add or change job duties at any time.


  • J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school.

  • A minimum of seven years of legal practice relevant to directing the legal affairs of a large, complex organization.

  • Membership in good standing with the New Jersey bar, or eligibility to practice law in New Jersey as in-house counsel pursuant to N.J.R. 1:27-2.

  • Litigation, compliance, and contract experience, including familiarity with labor and employment law.

  • Strong knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations as well as legal issues that arise in a large, complex setting.

  • Ability to solve problems collaboratively by combining legal considerations with the other institutional goals and objectives.

  • Must be a “generalist” who can work effectively in a f ast-paced environment with multiple and changing priorities and objectives.

  • Ability to demonstrate the knowledge, experience, analytic ability and flexibility to provide advice and representation to the University and administrators in a fast-paced environment.

  • Legal experience working in higher education and/or the public sector.

  • Excellent analytical, research, writing and communication skills.

  • Strong representational and presentation skills.

  • Superb judgment, discretion, and integrity.


Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing how their background, skills and education match the needs of the University. When applying, please take a moment to carefully read and follow the steps in the application instructions.


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Montclair State University

Montclair State University defines what it means to be a university with a public purpose — one that not only creates transformational opportunities for students, but also partners with communities to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Montclair invites students to imagine the world they want to live in and empowers them to develop the skills and knowledge to create it. As a solutions engine, we ask: How can we harness the power of 21,000 students and 1,800 professors to be a force for good in the world?

This distinctive approach continues to attract students, propelling Montclair to become New Jersey’s second largest institution of higher learning, and one of its most diverse. Under President Jonathan Koppell, the University enrolled the largest entering class in the University’s history two years in a row.

Founded in 1908, Montclair has grown big enough to offer more than 300 programs across 13 colleges and schools at all degree levels – and yet, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1, is still small enough for students to receive personalized attention from professors and staff who truly care. Students have numerous opportunities to conduct research with professors who are respected leaders in their fields.

More than 50% of Montclair’s students identify as underrepresented minorities. It is New Jersey’s largest Hispanic-Serving Institution, serving more Latinx students than any other university in the state.

Montclair’s highly diverse students thrive in the University’s supportive, welcoming environment. Their graduation rates outperform state and national benchmarks and predictions with U.S. News & World Report ranking Montclair as seventh among national universities in graduation rate performance in 2022. It is consistently recognized as one of the most inclusive and best value universities and ranked No. 21 in the country in social mobility.

Many of Montclair’s students are working and raising families, and the University offers flexible programs that give them the opportunity to learn in ways that work best for them, on campus or online, in real time or asynchronously.

Faculty include winners of a MacArthur fellowship, Fulbright grants and Emmy awards, and NSF, NEH and NIH grants, among many other distinctions. These highly respected researchers, scholars and creators are dedicated to student success, and they are always innovating to meet the needs of learners and of the state. Montclair has launched dozens of new degree and certificate programs, and offers more combined bachelor’s and master’s degree programs than any other university in New Jersey – empowering students to enter the workforce faster, with stronger skills and for less cost. 

Montclair’s mission is to elevate its students and partners, and in so doing, help make the world a better place. 

At Montclair State, our employees are among our most valuable assets.

When you work at Montclair State, you join a talented, diverse and inclusive community of employees who work together to support the educational mission of the University.

You are part of a leading institution of higher education in New Jersey. Our 11 colleges and schools serve 21,000 students on a beautiful 252-acrea, vibrant suburban campus just 12 miles from New York City.

Dedicated to providing employees with opportunities for professional achievement and development, we take pride in a dynamic workplace environment that respects all employees and encourages excellence.

As a Montclair State University employee, you enjoy access to:

  • Comprehensive health, dental and retirement benefits to discounted membership to the campus recreation center and tuition reimbursement
  • Policies, programs and services that support our commitment to affirmative action, equal opportunity employment, multicultural diversity and inclusion
  • A dynamic, sophisticated and diverse environment

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