Assistant General Counsel

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Assistant General Counsel

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Department: Office of the General Counsel

Position Status: Administrative Exempt Positions

Basic Function:
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is seeking an experienced lawyer to join its Office of the General Counsel. Primary responsibilities include negotiation and drafting of contracts; risk management; litigation support; and participation in the review and analysis of a wide variety of day-to-day legal issues.

Founded in 1865, WPI is a private research institution and one of the first engineering and technology universities in the United States. Its 4,300 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students study in 14 academic departments with degree programs in science, engineering, technology, management, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. WPI consistently ranks as a tier-one (top 25%) university according to U.S. News & World Report.

Instituted in 1970, WPI's project-based, team-oriented curriculum is based on the university's motto, which is translated as “theory and practice.” Undergraduate students are required to complete two significant projects, which loosely correlate with a “junior semester abroad” and a “senior honors thesis.” These projects often take place off-campus at one of almost 50 centers across the globe, in conjunction with local governments, non-governmental organizations, and commercial businesses.
The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) was established at the beginning of 2017 to coordinate and manage all of WPI's legal matters. The OGC works with other departments and functions at the university in connection with admissions, athletics, charitable giving, construction, disciplinary matters, FERPA, financing, fraternities and sororities, governance, immigration, information technology, insurance, intellectual property, licensing, litigation, policies, regulatory matters, residential life, sponsored research, student activities, and Title IX, among many other things.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President and General Counsel, the Assistant General Counsel will have exposure to everything that takes place on campus. A significant portion of the role will involve working with faculty and staff to negotiate and draft agreements related to undergraduate and graduate projects, project centers, and project sponsors; faculty and graduate research; and partnerships and agreements with other universities, governmental and commercial entities. Additional duties may be assigned.

    Position Requirements

  • Requirements:
    • J.D. is required
    • Must have a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience
    • A demonstrated interest in a wide variety of substantive legal areas
    • An ability to work well with others in a team-oriented manner
    • Experience in a college or university, large law firm or in-house legal department is preferred

    Diversity Statement:
    WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more. The Institution is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in our competitive global marketplace.

    Posting Date: 03/08/2018

    Close Date:

    Open Until Filled: No

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    EEO Information:
    WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

    Criminal Background Check Statement:
    A pre-employment criminal records check is required.

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    Job No:
    Posted: 3/9/2018
    Application Due: 4/11/2018
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