Associate, General Counsel

Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 11, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Associate, General Counsel

Western Governors University seeks to fill the position of Associate General Counsel (AGC). Reporting directly to the General Counsel, the AGC will provide a wide-range of legal services to a large, nonprofit and technically adept distance education institution. Independently, and with direction from the General Counsel, the AGC will manage multiple, unrelated matters concurrently and work with university faculty and administrators in support of the University’s mission to expand access to high-quality education.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Provide high-level research and analytical support on a wide variety of legal matters including laws, regulations and trends pertaining to employment, civil rights, privacy, cyber-security, consumer protection, intellectual property, and other matters.
  • Supervise and develop other Legal Department staff according to University policies
  • Assist in evaluating legal claims as well as management of the University’s insurance portfolio and other risk management activities.
  • Draft, review, and negotiate contracts for a variety of business transactions to align with University standards and business goals;
  • Investigate and respond to state and federal agency complaints; mediate claims; manage the University's legal representation and insurance obligations in certain litigation and administrative proceedings.
  • Collaborate with University departments to identify areas of the laws or regulations where training would be helpful; devise and deliver training.
  • Leads or participates in other projects as needed

  • Ability to build relationships and influence at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Ability to accurately prioritize and respond to issues and requests
  • Ability to think creatively, exercise excellent judgment, and offer quick and informed opinions
  • Sound independent judgment and professional integrity
  • Experience working with complex governmental institutions and related laws and regulations
  • Prompt and effective analytical, research and writing skills
  • Prompt development of knowledge in a wide range of legal areas
  • Ability to identify practical solutions that combine legal considerations with institutional needs
  • Ability to develop and deliver effective presentations and training
  • Ability to coach and develop direct reports
  • Ability to monitor and resolve multiple, concurrent matters
  • High ethical standards, with a strong commitment to legal ethics exhibited in knowledge and practice, and professional responsibility

Preferred Skills

  • Significant in-house counsel experience
  • Prior experience in higher-education or non-profit
  • Understanding of higher education legal issues, federal higher education policy, market trends

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school
  • Licensed and in good standing to practice law in Utah, or admissible at the earliest opportunity, and no later than one year from the position start date
  • Minimum 10 years' experience in active law practice with increasingly progressive responsibilities
  • Previous experience managing one or more direct reports

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States