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Vice President and General Counsel

Marymount University
Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
May 26, 2022

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Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
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Vice President and General Counsel

Marymount University (Arlington, VA), one of the nation’s most innovative and vibrant Catholic institutions, invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations of candidates for its inaugural Vice President and General Counsel (General Counsel) role. Marymount seeks a resourceful and collaborative leader to serve as a key strategic partner to President Irma Becerra and the Board of Trustees.

Marymount is a comprehensive doctoral-granting university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in a wide range of disciplines and serving nearly 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The University, founded in 1950 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, was, and remains, the only university headquartered in Arlington. Marymount has grown into a comprehensive, coeducational institution, emphasizing career preparation and advancement, promoting research in niche areas, and building upon its strong foundation of the liberal arts. The University’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths, and Marymount is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as #1 for campus diversity and #2 for international student representation in the south. Marymount is currently recognized as Virginia’s only Hispanic-Serving Institution. The Marymount 2019-2024 strategic plan, Momentum, is guided by the vision for the University to be nationally recognized for innovation and commitment to student success, alumni achievement, and faculty and staff excellence.

Reporting to the President, the General Counsel will provide legal counsel and advice to the President, the Board of Trustees, and University administration. The General Counsel will proactively offer a highly strategic and collaborative approach to the legal issues associated with a university faced with economic, demographic, and competitive challenges and opportunities. The General Counsel will be innovative and entrepreneurial in developing solutions that are balanced with prudent legal advice and effective risk management. The General Counsel will be responsive to internal and external stakeholder needs in a complex private university and will embrace a hands-on approach to support and guide the institution across all areas of the University, bringing best practices to administration, faculty, staff, and students.

The successful candidate will be a graduate of an ABA-accredited school of law in possession of a J.D., a member in good standing of a state bar, and eligible to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. At least five years of progressively responsible legal experience is required, as well as knowledge of professional practice rules and procedures for higher education, federal and state courts, and applicable administrative and regulatory agencies. The General Counsel will be able to plan, supervise, implement, and monitor effective strategies for reducing legal exposure, as well as the ability to assess the practical, policy, and precedential consequences of decisions and advice.

The General Counsel will have experience with higher education and bring broad and deep knowledge of the range of legal issues related to higher education policies, procedures, and law including, but not limited to, labor and employment law, risk management, non-discrimination and affirmative action, compliance (ADA, VAWA, FERPA, Title IX, Cleary, and collegiate athletics), contract administration, privacy and information security, litigation and investigations, intellectual property, environmental health and safety, construction and real estate, new ventures, faculty appointment and tenure, research, athletics, student affairs, and academic affairs. This knowledge should be coupled with the ability to clearly communicate legal advice and options.

The General Counsel will be a leader with a passion for the mission and core values of Marymount and possess the stature, maturity, competence, and confidence to operate with credibility at the executive and trustee level, as well as a professional history of maintaining objectivity while driving appropriate outcomes, managing multiple stakeholder agendas, and promoting high client service standards.

The search committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications should be submitted electronically as soon as possible. Applications should include a letter of interest and a curriculum vita/resumé. All materials will be considered in full confidence. Please send nominations, inquiries, and applications electronically to

Julie E. Tea, Managing Director
Kate Phillips, Senior Associate

Marymount University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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