Attorney/Assistant or Associate General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel (Memphis, TN)

The University of Tennessee System
Tennessee, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
May 17, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Legal Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Description: This position is part of the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), which represents The University of Tennessee, a statewide system of public higher education.  This position will be primarily involved in proactively advising administrators at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), a statewide academic medical center with principal offices in Memphis, Tennessee.  This position will advise on a variety of matters relating to employment law and academic, faculty, and student affairs, including but not limited to academic policies, faculty and staff employment policies, Title IX, Clery Act, FERPA, research integrity, and student conduct.  Duties also may include defending the University and its employees in all phases of employment and other civil litigation (including discovery, motions, trial, and appeal), and representing the University in administrative proceedings (e.g., EEOC charges, staff grievances, and student academic appeals).  Specific areas of responsibility will be determined based on University and office needs and the successful candidate’s interests and substantive background.

The position is located in Memphis, Tennessee, and most work will be for UTHSC.  However, responsibilities of the position also will involve service and travel to other campuses and institutes in the University system.

Required Qualifications: J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school; Tennessee law license or eligibility for Tennessee license; five (5) years of civil practice experience in a law firm or in a corporate, higher education, or government legal office; record of outstanding achievements as a practicing attorney; excellent academic record; exceptional analytical, problem-solving, diplomatic, and oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to manage multiple, demanding tasks; demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and work independently in a highly collegial and high-performing environment; highly versatile set of legal skills; pragmatic and objective business acumen and ability to recognize the broader consequences of legal advice; ability to perceive and explain to non-lawyers the practical application of law and policy in complex situations; high degree of personal integrity, sound judgment, and a commitment to accountability; initiative and intellectual curiosity.

Preferred Qualifications: More than ten (10) years of experience in the practice of law; litigation experience; higher education experience.

Pay Scale Type: Market Range 18, with salary negotiable, within budgetary parameters, based on qualifications and experience.

Materials Required for Consideration: Letter of application, resume, and three references knowledgeable of applicant’s legal skills and experience. For complete position information and to access the online application, please visit:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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