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Assistant General Counsel

Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 17, 2024

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Position Title

Assistant General Counsel

About this Opportunity

The Office of General Counsel at Ball State University welcomes applications for the full-time, professional opportunity of Assistant General Counsel.

Our Statement on Inclusiveness

At Ball State University, inclusiveness is one of the enduring values and informs all of our work. We define ‘inclusiveness’ as a commitment ‘to respect and embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity in people, ideas, and opinions.’ As such, this value incorporates a commitment to inclusive excellence and freedom of expression.

Benefits and Community

Ball State University offers an excellent benefits package for eligible positions. Click here to explore options.
  • Affordable Healthcare

  • Retirement

  • Tuition Remission (For eligible employees, their dependents, and spouse)

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • Professional Development

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Length of Assignment

Full-Time At-Will

Position Function

The primary function of this professional position is providing legal support and advice to Ball State University’s Office of Sponsored Projects Administration ( SPA ), which works with faculty and staff in pursuit of external funding for research and other activities consistent with the educational mission of the University. This position will also be involved in providing a wide range of other legal services to the University, including, but not limited to, contract review, legal research, and other projects as assigned.

Minimum Education

Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.

Minimum Experience

At least one to three years of relevant experience.

Minimum Other

Commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards; excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to translate complex issues for a diverse audience; strong interpersonal skills; flexibility; and ability to collaborate in a collegial manner with administrators, faculty, staff, students and others.

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Education

Preferred Experience

Prior experience working with sponsored projects, government contracts, etc. Prior experience working for an institution of higher education or a public/governmental entity.

Preferred Other

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

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EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 20,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 270+ undergraduate and graduate programs. Many of our master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees rank among the best in the nation. We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world.

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Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Provide direct legal support and guidance to the University’s Office of Sponsored Projects Administration ( SPA ), which involves engaging with them on a regular basis. Review and advise on legal aspects of SPA -related agreements, including, but not limited to, grants, subawards, data transfer and use agreements, and other contracts with government agencies and community partners. Partner with SPA to evaluate the processes and workflow between the offices to enhance efficiencies and effectiveness and to address risk, with the goal of maximizing clarity and minimizing complexity of processes. Perform legal research on SPA -related issues. Maintain a current knowledge of state and federal laws, legal opinions, and other guidance, standards, and practices impacting SPA’s work.



Job Duty

Draft, negotiate, and review contracts and other documents related to complex business transactions in areas that may include, but are not limited to, procurement, real estate, charter schools, licensing and trademarks, and professional services.



Job Duty

Support the University’s Office of Research Integrity and Interprofessional Community Clinics with the review, drafting, negotiating, and implementation of HIPAA Business Associate agreements.



Job Duty

Conduct research of state and federal legislation and administrative and court decisions.



Job Duty

Provide sound legal advice on wide-ranging legal issues arising in the context of higher education.



Job Duty

Serve on University committees in an ex-officio capacity.



Job Duty

Maintain a current knowledge of legal issues of importance to the University through participation in continuing legal education opportunities and membership in appropriate bar and professional associations.



Job Duty

Effectively prioritize and carry out various projects in an organized and time-sensitive manner.



Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

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Open Until Filled


Information regarding transcripts

Transcripts required (even if obtained at BSU) at time of application, showing the date degree was conferred from granting institution. Original, official transcripts are required at time of hire. Degree verification will be conducted.

Special Instructions Summary

Although the option to upload transcripts is available in this application, original official transcripts of the highest degree earned are required at the time of hire. In addition to degree verification, verification of your attorney’s license and good standing with the Bar will be conducted.

Information for Applications Requiring a Cover Letter

In support of your application for this position, please prepare and submit a cover letter that describes how your qualifications and experiences align with the elements of the position description (or leadership profile). In your cover letter, please also describe how you have demonstrated a commitment to our University’s enduring values , including inclusiveness, which we define as a commitment ‘to respect and embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity in people, ideas, and opinions.’

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Doctorate Transcripts
  4. Writing Sample
Optional Documents
  1. Licenses/Certifications


Ball State

Founded in 1918 in Muncie, Indiana, the public research university has grown to more than 22500 students

Spirited and motivated, we learn, grow, and take flight. Our faculty and staff—everyone in our community—embrace students as learning partners from day one. In classrooms and labs, in immersive learning projects, on the sports fields—with creativity and determination—Cardinals Fly. We are grounded in our values, lifted by our knowledge, and go confidently upward toward ever greater opportunities. Ours is a simple promise: to challenge each other to excel. And with Beneficence as our guide—We Fly.


We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world. We are excited that you want to join us in these endeavors!

The university offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, tuition assistance for employees and dependents, and generous time off with pay. 

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