Assistant University Attorney
Open Date: 05/30/2018
Date Initial Screening Begins:
Minimum Education/Experience: 1. J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school; 2. Either a current member in good standing of the North Carolina Bar or eligible for admission to the North Carolina Bar within one year of hiring; and 3. Minimum of one year of legal experience.
Special Instructions to Applicant: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references (with contact information) with your online application.
Job Duties: East Carolina University is the third largest university in the University of North Carolina system and the only UNC constituent institution with a School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, and College of Engineering and Technology. The Office of University Counsel provides comprehensive legal advice and counsel regarding legal matters to the Chancellor, the Board of Trustees, the principal administrators of the University and, through them, to faculty, staff, and students of East Carolina University. The Assistant University Attorney assists the University Counsel, the University's chief legal officer. The Assistant University Attorney reports directly to the University Counsel. Under the direction of the University Counsel, the Assistant University Attorney will assist the University Attorney in advising the Chancellor and his representatives concerning legal matters such as University policies and procedures, student discipline, employee relations, athletics, and other University matters. Such assistance will also include furnishing legal advice to and preparing written legal opinions for the Chancellor, vice chancellors, deans and chairs. Duties of the Assistant University Attorney: 1. Serve as the primary advisor to the entire Division of Student Affairs and the Campus Safety and Concerns Committee, to include student disciplinary matters, admissions issues, and academic integrity matters arising from the Division of Academic Affairs. 2. Serve as a legal advisor to Human Resources regarding disciplinary matters involving SHRA employees. 3. Reviewing and revising contracts relating to internships and clinical experience placement for students. 4. Serve as the default advisor to faculty hearing committees (e.g., Faculty Hearing Committee, Due Process Committee). 5. Coordinate a campus-wide system for monitoring bankruptcies filed by persons (primarily students) who list ECU as a creditor. 6. Coordinate responses to public record requests and subpoenas (often highly complex and sensitive in domestic cases, such as those involving the TEDI Bear Clinic). 7. Serve as primary contact for issues involving the scope and application of FERPA. 8. Reviewing and revising University policies for compliance with applicable law and UNC policy. 9. Advise any other campus clients as needed, including but not limited to ECU Police. Specific requirements for this position include the following: 1. Ability to provide expert, comprehensive legal advice directly to administrators within the University without the need for close supervision. 2. Ability to conduct legal research and prepare legal opinions and prepare legal documents. 3. Ability to establish cooperative working relationships with the University's varied internal and external constituencies contacted in the course of performing assigned duties. 4. Ability to meet deadlines, to manage and revise priorities consistent with the highest needs of the institution, and to proactively follow-through to ensure completion of projects in a timely manner without close supervision. 5. Excellent communication skills (oral and written) and practices, as well as analytical skills, including the ability to identify and resolve legal issues. 6. Ability to represent the University professionally and tactfully. 7. Ability to work collaboratively in a small legal office, including collaborative skills and leadership style that emphasizes teamwork, communication, collegiality, and flexibility. 8. Ability to maintain confidentiality. 9. Ability to use common word processing computer applications.