Assistant University Counsel - University Counsel

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Job Category: Academic Professional Academic Professional
Location: Urbana

Description: University of Illinois System

University Counsel

Assistant University Counsel


The System Office seeks a highly-skilled and experienced attorney to join the Office of University Counsel as Assistant University Counsel. The Assistant University Counsel is a vital member of the in-house legal team at the University of Illinois, serving at the Urbana-Champaign campus. Under the direction of the Campus Legal Counsel, the Assistant University Counsel will have primary responsibility for the management of numerous and varied legal matters and will provide timely and effective advice and counsel to various University units and personnel. Subject matter responsibility may include complex transactions, contracts, intellectual property, technology transfer, export control, information technology, online learning, immigration, international activities, General Data Proetection Regulation and other matters as assigned. The candidate must be capable of handling a high volume, working with minimal supervision. The candidate must work well within a dynamic team, be an excellent communicator, and be willing to develop new areas of sub-specialty as needs may arise. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellent judgment, collegiality, client counseling and multi-tasking skills. Additional responsibilities include:


The Assistant University Counsel is expected to:

1. Provide legal advice on a wide variety of issues that arise at a large research university under the general supervision of the Campus Legal Counsel;

2. Act as attorney for the University on diverse range of legal subject matters, including serving as a generalist working in multiple areas of law and policy and as a specialist by developing skills related to specific and unique areas of law;

3. Serve as point of contact for various units on behalf of Office of University Counsel and represent Office in a manner that promotes professionalism, collegiality, collaboration, confidence and mutual respect;

4. Recognize issues that may require utilization of outside counsel and work with Campus Legal Counsel and other personnel to retain and supervise vendors in a manner that maximizes efficiency, effectiveness and fiscal prudence;

5. Anticipate potential legal issues and exercise reliable and well-reasoned judgment to provide advice and counsel in a manner that fosters sound decision-making;

6. Keep the Campus Legal Counsel apprised of matters that may be a significant risk to the university or of significant interest to the Board of Trustees and senior administrators;

7. Perform other professional functions associated with the provision of legal advice and services as directed by the Campus Legal Counsel, including serving on or providing counsel to various University committees and task forces.


Candidates must possess a law degree from an American Bar Association accredited Law School and be licensed and in good standing to practice law in State of Illinois, or eligible for admission to practice within six months of employment. Other requirements include: one year significant legal experience, including preference for work in University setting or other comparable in-house environment; excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively interact with University, campus and other administrative units and personnel; strong organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to work independently while effectively keeping supervisors, colleagues and clients informed and engaged; excellent problem-solving skills and demonstrated ability to address difficult and complex issues; strong interpersonal skills demonstrating courtesy, diplomacy and a collaborative approach that reflect a commitment to effective client service; demonstrated understanding of unique and often complex decision-making dynamics associated with working in university system and highly functioning in-house counsel office.

This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position. For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references by September 27, 2018 at

The System Office conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

System Human Resource Services

(217) 333-2600

[email protected]

The System Office is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity and diversity. The System Offices welcome applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual minority groups and other candidates who will lead and contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives.

Close Date: 09/27/2018





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Posted: 9/14/2018
Application Due: 9/28/2018
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