Assistant General Counsel - Transactional
Hyde Park Campus
About the Unit
The University's Office of Legal Counsel provides legal advice and representation to all units of the University under the direction and oversight of Kim Taylor, the Vice President and General Counsel. The Office of Legal Counsel is responsible for providing advice and services to University officials on an extremely broad set of legal issues associated with the University's activities, including transactional and intellectual property matters, policy formulation and compliance, employment and student issues, and pre-litigation dispute resolution. It represents the University's interests in administrative and judicial proceedings, and holds primary institutional responsibility for establishing and maintaining relationships with regulatory and other governmental entities, and establishing and maintaining related compliance policies and protocols. The University of Chicago is a private research university located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The University consists of the College of the University of Chicago, various graduate programs and interdisciplinary committees organized into an undergraduate college, four graduate divisions, several institutes, six professional schools, a school of continuing education, a library system, museums and an academic press. The University also has International Centers in Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong, Paris, London, and Delhi. The University enrolls approximately 5,700 students in the College and about 15,200 students overall. The University also dedicates hundreds of millions of dollars annually to scientific research. University of Chicago scholars have played a role in the development of the Chicago school of economics, the Chicago school of sociology, the law and economics movement in legal analysis, the Chicago school of literary criticism, the Chicago school of religion, the school of political science known as behavioralism and in the physics leading to the world's first man made, self sustaining nuclear reaction. The University is also home to the University of Chicago Press, the Court Theatre, the Oriental Institute, and the Smart Museum, and is affiliated with Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The University also operates an independent K-12 school as well as a charter school with multiple campuses.
Assistant General Counsel - Transactional: The successful candidate will have approximately three (3) to five (5) years of corporate transactional legal experience in a top law firm, with particular experience with: (i) a broad variety of general corporate and transactional matters, (ii) structuring and forming legal entities, (iii) corporate governance, (iv) commercial and financial transactions, and (v) review and negotiation of a broad variety of contracts. Experience working in a regulated field preferred, and experience or expertise in one or more of the following areas is preferred but not required: 1) compliance and development of corporate policies, 2) charitable organizations, 3) government contracts, 4) employee benefits, 5) export control, 6) intellectual property, and 7) real estate. The Assistant General Counsel – Transactional will initially support the senior transactional lawyers in the Office of Legal Counsel, will liaise with various units and affiliates of the University, and will take on additional and independent responsibilities over time. The Assistant General Counsel – Transactional must be comfortable learning new areas of law and able to grow into the role of being a trusted advisor on the myriad of matters a complex institution like the University faces. In addition, the successful candidate must have a high capacity to collaborate in diverse environments and build relationships, handle matters involving issues in practice areas with which the candidate may not have previous experience, and provide practical and credible guidance throughout the University community. This position will report to the General Counsel and will work directly with the senior transactional attorneys in the office.
The job uses legal expertise, best practices and knowledge of University policies, structure and culture to provide legal counsel facilitating goals across units and protecting the University's reputation and business interests. The legal office negotiates and resolves unique and complex issues to promote compliance with all relevant laws and regulations and University policies.
- The Assistant General Counsel – Transactional uses breadth and depth of knowledge to counsel on a broad range of legal matters as requested, solves complex problems, and advises University clients on the legal implications of University initiatives, decisions, and policy changes. The successful candidate enjoys working independently and will act as a resource for University colleagues with less experience.
- The Assistant General Counsel – Transactional advises University clients on recent changes in laws and regulations that affect the University, and recommends process improvements to ensure compliance with laws and regulations.
- The Assistant General Counsel – Transactional acts as a liaison with outside legal firms as appropriate.
- Strong analytical and writing skills required.
- The ability to consistently meet deadlines and communicate in a clear and timely way required.
- A team orientation, sense of humor and a down-to-earth personality that does not crave the spotlight required.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, intellectual curiosity and the ability to thrive in an academic environment where rigorous inquiry is the norm required.
- Excellent professional ethics, good judgment and the ability to take action and make decisions required.
- Enjoy the role of service provider dealing with a wide breadth of clients and issues required.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced and fluid environment required. Particular interest in working in a university environment and supporting the University of Chicago's academic and research priorities required.
Education, Experience or Certifications:
- Juris Doctor degree from a strong law school required.
- Admission to the Illinois Bar, or eligibility for admission within six months of notification of employment required.
- Approximately 3-5 years of legal experience in a broad corporate transactional practice required.
- Top-tier law firm training is preferred.
- Experience with general corporate matters, commercial contracts, corporate governance, and other general corporate law issues required.
- Cover Letter
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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