Merrimack College is a selective, private college in a beautiful,
residential setting — just minutes from Boston,
Position Overview & Responsibilities
The Assistant General Counsel (“AGC”) will report to the Vice
President and General Counsel, Secretary of the Board, to represent
and advise the College and its administrators in legal matters. As
part of a small legal department, the AGC will assist the General
Counsel in providing general legal services on behalf of the
College to all of the College’s constituencies, including senior
administrators, faculty, and staff; in addition to providing
general leadership on non-legal matters. They will competently and
comprehensively review, negotiate and provide legal advice in
accordance with federal and state law. The primary responsibilities
will include supporting the General Counsel in the management of
College contracts and assisting the Assistant Vice President for
Compliance and Title IX Coordinator in the operations of the Office
of the General Counsel. The AGC will also be called upon to provide
legal support in the full array of areas handled by the OGC, such
as academic and student affairs, litigation, employment, College
policies, governance, real estate, construction, intellectual
property, and other non-legal issues. The AGC will also be a
thought partner to the General Counsel and with the other members
of the OGC. The minimum annual salary for this position is $95,000.
- Work directly with relevant administrators and faculty; draft
review and revise contracts. Draft, review, negotiate and offer
advice regarding contracts in the best interests of the
- Oversee the contract management system and the administration
of contract formation and implementation.
- Oversee and serve as a liaison with outside counsel in both
litigation and non-litigation matters and advise the General
Counsel on such matters.
- Field a wide range of legal inquiries from departments
college-wide and be able to research and properly communicate
responses to such inquiries.
- Conduct legal research and analysis and draft legal
- Assist the General Counsel in the capacity of Secretary of the
Board on Board support and business.
- Keep current on developments in the law and the regulation of
higher education at the federal, state, and local levels.
- Draft correspondence and reports on behalf of the OGC.
- Assist the AVP for Compliance and Title IX Coordinator to
develop and provide training on compliance and legal issues that
affect the College.
- Represent the OGC at meetings both internally and
- Availability to provide service in the case of emergencies and
other non-business hours; some evening and weekend hours are
- Such other duties may arise from time to time in support of the
OGC and the College.
Statement on Our Mission
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Law degree (JD) from an accredited institution.
- Admission in good standing to the Massachusetts bar or
eligibility for admission within 6 months.
- 5 years experience as a practicing attorney.
- Flexibility to handle multiple projects simultaneously and
- Ability to respond quickly and appropriately to emergency
situations and to meet deadlines.
- Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision and
to take initiative when appropriate.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Proficiency in Word, Google Apps, Westlaw, Excel, and general
web-based social media and research tools.
- Experience in compliance policies, procedures, and
- Ability to demonstrate the highest level of integrity and
- Superior communication skills.
- A demonstrated ability to work in a collegial and professional
manner with peers and clients.
- A record of academic and professional excellence.
- Interest in practicing higher education law in a general
counsel’s office of a college.
- Experience in higher education, non-profit or governmental
agency, or alternatively in private practice or as in-house counsel
negotiating and drafting contracts in a variety of operational
areas including higher education or similar entity.
- Experience in Title IX and employment law issues.
Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher
education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse
community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and
empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the
Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and
Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect, and can
contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and
advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We
strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented
groups. All candidates should describe in their application
previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as
well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports
our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith, and our values of
diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Application Materials Should Include:
- Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position,
citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including
experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian
mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse,
equitable, and inclusive institution of higher learning.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal
Required Vaccinations & Remote Work:
Unless otherwise stated above, this is an on-campus position. This
is not a remote or hybrid position as employees are essential in
order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience
for our students and the community.
Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.
Students, faculty, and staff are required to be vaccinated for
About Merrimack College:
The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in
New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent,
coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and
graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises
schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences,
education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260- acre
campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover
and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges &
Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie
Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is
one of the fastest-growing educational institutions in the country
and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking
of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the
Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also
listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th
for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S.
Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.