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Assistant Legal Advisor

Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 21, 2024

Assistant Legal Advisor

Legal Affairs

Georgia State University

These are exciting times in Legal Affairs. We are growing and we are thrilled that you are interested in being a part of our team. We are surrounded by individuals empowered to use their expertise and talents to achieve our mission to pursue excellence.

Are you ready for us? Are you seeking an opportunity with purpose and direction? If you are, we have the perfect opportunity for you! We hire great people from a wide variety of educational, career, and personal backgrounds, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it makes us a stronger team.

Legal Affairs is seeking (1) Assistant Legal Advisor to join the already awesome team taking them to the next level of excellence!


· A flexible work environment

· Generous benefits, including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, etc.

· A knowledge-sharing organization that works collaboratively with diverse partners.

· Professional development opportunity and mentorship

· A rapidly growing center within an academic setting


Reporting directly to the General Counsel, the Assistant Legal Assistant provides legal counsel and advice to the University, and its affiliated 501(c)(3) entities, regarding sponsored research and regulatory compliance, including but not limited to government and industry-sponsored research, healthcare affiliation agreements, export controls, animal research, human subjects research, radiation safety, environmental health and safety, HIPAA, conflicts of interest, research integrity, high containment laboratories and research misconduct.

The University has experienced a tremendous growth in funded research over the past ten years. With this increased research funding and complexity comes heightened scrutiny and regulatory compliance.

This position works directly with administration, faculty and staff on all research-related matters in addition to communicating regularly with compliance offices of federal agencies. The position provides a proactive, highly strategic and collaborative approach to legal issues and develops solutions that balance ethical and prudent legal advice with effective risk assessment and that are responsive to external and internal needs in a complex Tier 1 university.

The scope of responsibility will include these specific duties but is not limited to the following,

· Provide strategic guidance and legal advice to the administrative officers of the university on legal matters relevant to a large public research university, particularly sponsored research and regulatory compliance issues (e.g. export controls, animal research, human subjects research, radiation safety, environmental health and safety, HIPAA, conflicts of interest, research integrity, high containment laboratories)

· Draft, review, and negotiate a variety of contracts and legal documents

· Anticipate and identify legal issues and counsel the university administration to develop strategies and solutions

· Oversees and participates in research regulatory proceedings involving the University

· Oversees responses to research inquiries, audits or investigations directed to the University, including gathering records and compliance with legal requirements

· Draft, review, and advise on university policies and procedures

· Provide guidance and direction to support staff and Graduate Research Assistants

· Research and analyze laws and regulations affecting higher education

· Provide training to the campus community on various legal issues through seminars and meetings

· Serve on university committees

Georgia State University Values
  • COMMUNITY: Fostering a distinctive shared identity and common purpose across our multi-campus university.
  • INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY: Respecting the dignity and value of all people and perspectives through honorable conduct based on engagement, fairness, access, equity, and civility.
  • TRANSFORMATION: Intentionally pursuing knowledge, practice, and scholarly rigor to inspire lifelong learning, and to make our community and the world a better place.
  • INTEGRITY: Adhering to our values, mission, and the truth through respectful cooperation and effective stewardship of resources.
  • EXCELLENCE: Achieving the highest standards and distinction in teaching, research and service.
  • STRATEGIC INNOVATION: Embracing invention and creativity in the pursuit of meaningful discovery using our collective talents.

USG Core Values Statement
  • The University System of Georgia is comprised of our 26 institutions of higher education and learning, as well the System Office. Our USG Statement of Core Values are Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values serve as the foundation for all that we do as an organization, and each USG community member is responsible for demonstrating and upholding these standards. More details on the USG Statement of Core Values and Code of Conduct are available in USG Board Policy and can be found on-line at

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia State prohibits discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, genetics, or veteran status in its programs, activities, employment, and admissions. This prohibition applies to faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia State community, including affiliates, invitees, and guests. Further, Georgia State prohibits citizenship status, immigration status, and national origin discrimination in hiring, firing, and recruitment, except where such restrictions are required in order to comply with law, regulation, executive order, or Attorney General directive, or where they are required by Federal, State, or local government contract.

Background Check
Successful candidate must be able to pass a comprehensive criminal background investigation and other background searches as applicable to the job such as credit check and Motor Vehicle Record.

Qualifications :

Minimum Hiring Qualifications:

JD from an accredited Law School and one year of related experience.

Preferred Hiring Qualifications:

The preferred candidate should have membership in good standing in the Georgia State Bar, or the ability to attain membership within 12 months of hire.

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