Duties and Responsibilities The General Counsel of Fairmont State University provides legal advice and consultation to the Board of Governors, University President, the Administration and University academic and non-academic offices. Reporting directly to the President, the General Counsel is a member of the executive staff and President's Executive Leadership Team. The General Counsel reviews and recommends institutional policies and procedures, reviews or prepares contracts and other legal documents, and provides legal opinions to University committees and councils as directed by the Board of Governors or the University President.Duties/Responsibilities:-Identify legal issues and provide full range of legal advice to the President;-Respond to inquiries from administrators, faculty, and staff, as well as from university, school, department, and student committees and organizations on matters relevant to the University;-Review and draft contracts and other legal documents, as well as prepare formal legal opinions and memos; -Lead the review, formation and implementation of institutional policies and procedures, guidelines and other documents;-Review and advise on legislation, policies rules and regulations;-Coordinate the handling of legal issues and concerns for the institution; -Work in conjunction with the Higher Education Policy Council's legal counsel for lawsuits and mediations;-Serve as the West Virginia Open Records Request officer;-Administer trademark licensing and enforcement;-Perform other duties and responsibilities as necessary and as assigned by the University President and/or the Board of Governors.
Minimum Required Education A Juris Doctorate degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school is required.
Required Licenses and/or Certifications Licensed to practice law in the State of West Virginia and a member in good standing in the West Virginia State Bar.
Type and Amount of Experience Needed At least five years of legal experience in delivering legal services to or within a complex organizational structure is required. A practitioner in general practice, employment or administrative law experience is required. A working knowledge of West Virginia state higher education rules, policies and systems is preferred.
Preferred Qualifications A working knowledge of West Virginia state higher education rules, policies and systems is preferred. Must be able to effectively represent Fairmont State University, its administration, staff and employees in accordance with the West Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct.-Demonstrated high standards of integrity and ethics.-Proven analytical abilities to guide data-driven decision-making.-Strong soft skills and the demonstrated ability to relate effectively and productively to all constituencies of the University.-Ability to create and promote University policies -Outstanding oral and written communication skills.-Highly developed organizational skills with proven ability to multi-task.-Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the University's mission and strategic plan.-Ability to deal effectively with and flourish in an environment characterized by multiple complex factors, competing priorities, ambiguous situations, and resource challenges. -Proven skill in supervising and evaluating assigned staff and in building a highly effective and productive working team.-Proven research and analytical skills and competencies. -Ability to apply University policies and procedures as appropriate.-Knowledge of and ability to utilize administrative applications of information technology effectively.-Proficiency in the use of personal computers and associated software.-Demonstrated commitment to manage policy change(s) involving faculty and staff in positive and inclusive ways.
Notes To Applicants All applicants MUST complete an online application; paper applications cannot be accepted. Please note that candidates invited to interview are required to bring copies of all academic transcripts to the interview event.