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General Counsel

Sarah Lawrence College
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 2, 2024

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General Counsel

Job Description
Sarah Lawrence College is pleased to announce a search for the College's inaugural General Counsel. This position serves as a trusted advisor for the college community, providing guidance on faculty, staff, student and institutional matters that involve potential legal issues.
The General Counsel is responsible for overseeing the provision of a broad range of legal services at the College, including but not limited to Title IX and ADA-related issues; agreements for vendors and other third-party service providers; contract negotiation and management; employment related issues; licensing; municipal, state and federal compliance; and issues of student and employee confidentiality. The General Counsel is also responsible for managing relationships with external legal counsel as needed. The General Counsel works closely with Human Resources, the Provost, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion administrators, and may be called upon to consult on formal grievance, discrimination, and harassment cases.

The General Counsel also serves as Secretary of the College, supporting the relationship and business of the Board of Trustees, and as Special Assistant to the President on compliance, contractual and institutional issues. In the capacity of Secretary of the College, the General Counsel provides advice and resources to the Board on relevant issues of concern such as governance matters and changes to laws applicable to charitable organizations.

Essential Duties Summary
  • Educate the College community regarding legal, regulatory, contractual and employment issues.
  • Review, prepare and negotiate Sarah Lawrence’s contracts and other legal documents with individuals and businesses providing services to the College, reducing the likelihood of inappropriate, unnecessary or costly institutional liability.
  • Engage with the President, senior staff, faculty, administrative staff and Board of Trustees on legal, ethical and conflict of interest issues.
  • Provide general legal advice and manage outside counsel, if retained, within areas of Title IX and ADA, tenure, risk management, employment, contracts, governance, corporate transactions and intellectual property to include negotiation of settlements involving any legal issues or transactions.
  • Represent the college in trials or litigation proceedings as necessary. Hire and oversee additional external counsel as needed.
  • Coordinate and evaluate the performance of external counsel, review and approve legal strategies, briefs, settlements, invoices, payments, contracts, leases etc.
  • Stay current on new laws and regulations that may impact the College, and draft policies procedures, and recommend policy changes to assure compliance.
  • Where appropriate, participate in internal investigations and interviews relating to violations, employment issues and other allegations of wrongdoing on the part of faculty, staff and students.
  • Update the Audit Committee and the Board of Trustees regarding the status of lawsuits and other legal matters, ethics point cases, conflict of interest disclosures and Code of Ethics. Perform special assignments as requested.
  • Contribute to the overall success of the College by performing other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the President.

Required Qualifications
  • JD, admission to the New York State bar and at least ten years of related experience.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of internal and external constituencies.
  • Impeccable judgment and exceptional integrity.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the range of applicable laws and regulations which impact on all facets of college policy and operations, and the ability to provide advice and counsel on a wide range of legal and policy issues.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret issues and to prepare legal opinions.
  • Knowledge of contract law and excellent negotiating skills.
  • Knowledge of legal documentation procedures and requirements.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in higher education and/or charitable organizations is desirable.
  • Experience supporting and working with Boards, or the equivalent is a plus. Experience in understanding and working within shared governance environments.

Requirements for Employment

Posting Number: S00364P
Open Date:
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Salary: $150,000 - $200,000

Special Instructions to Applicants

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Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Founded in 1926 and consistently ranked among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country, Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, our historic campus is home to an inclusive, intellectually curious, and diverse community.

Talented, creative students choose Sarah Lawrence for the opportunity to take charge of their education. In close collaboration with our dedicated, distinguished faculty, students create a rigorous, personalized course of study and connect their passions across a wide array of disciplines. They graduate knowing how to apply the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking necessary for life after college.

At Sarah Lawrence, students spend more time one-on-one with award-winning faculty than do students at any other college in the country

Sarah Lawrence College occupies 44 wooded acres in Yonkers, NY, near the Village of Bronxville—just north of New York City. A 30-minute train ride from the Bronxville station takes students into Midtown Manhattan. Learn more about the area

The iconic college campus, located just north of New York City, is not the only reason to work at Sarah Lawrence College.

As a Sarah Lawrence employee, you will join a warm, challenging, and diverse community that offers both quality of life advantages and tangible, valuable employee benefits.

When you work at Sarah Lawrence, you:

  • Receive outstanding benefits, such as medical, dental, and vision plans that exceed the standard plans offered by many companies and institutions, and an exceptional retirement plan through TIAA-CREF.
  • Have unparalleled educational opportunities, such as tuition benefits on campus for employees, their spouses, and their children; discounted tuition to the College’s renowned nursery school; and tuition benefit programs for dependent children who attend other colleges.
  • Have continuous opportunities for advancement, as it is College policy to fill vacancies by promotion or transfer whenever possible.
  • Enjoy boundless cultural experiences, including readings, lectures, music, theater, film screenings, dance performances, art exhibitions, and a state-of-the-art library, free to employees.
  • Have free access to the 48,000-square-foot Campbell Sports Center, with a six-lane pool, modern weight/fitness training center, squash courts, gymnasium, indoor track, outdoor tennis courts, and fitness classes, open to employees seven days per week.
  • Have several on-campus options for meals, plus off-campus discounts at local restaurants and stores.
  • Work in a convenient location close to all major highways, easily accessed from the Metro-North Harlem line, and 35 minutes from mid-town Manhattan.
  • Enjoy free parking on campus, a 10% discount at the college bookstore, and a 35-hour office workweek, with flexible summer hours for office staff on Fridays.


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