Director of Legal & Government Affairs

Job description



This position assesses university legal liability and regulatory compliance, manages the employee grievance process, and manages external disputes. The Director of Legal & Government Affairs) is the principal liaison to local, state and federal government and seeks to develop strong, collaborative relationships with policymakers including members and staff of the Georgia General Assembly and the University System of Georgia Legal Affairs staff. The Director  also provides legal counsel and guidance to the President, the executive leadership team and other members of the University community on a broad range of legal matters relevant to the institution including compliance, contracts and grant management, employment, general business law policies and procedures, laws pertaining to students, real estate transactions and other laws and regulations. In addition to working with the senior leadership team of the university, the Office of Compliance report directly to the Director.




  • Drafts and reviews legal documents, policies, and procedures.
  • Reviews Board of Regents policies to ensure university compliance.
  • Consults with faculty, staff, and administrators regarding administrative and legal matters.
  • Responds to external inquiries, including open records requests.
  • Assesses and makes recommendations regarding legal liability and regulatory compliance issues.
  • Manages the employee grievance process.
  • Manages university strategy for strengthening relationships with elected officials and government agencies, and increasing their understanding of and support for FVSU.
  • Review and monitor bills introduced by the Georgia General Assembly.
  • Meet regularly throughout the year with legislators to maintain productive working relationships between the FVSU and state government.
  • Performs related duties.




  • Knowledge of Board of Regents policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of substantive and procedural law related to legal relationships and governmental compliance.
  • Knowledge of Open Record Act and Freedom of Information Act requirements.
  • Knowledge of procedural processes and procedures.
  • Knowledge of institutional practices.
  • Knowledge of major areas of law and issues impacting higher education organizations including contracts, construction and real estate law, licensing, compliance and regulatory issues, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, employment and athletics. 
  • Knowledge of Georgia lobbying rules and requirements. 
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal legislative and executive process, including budget and appropriations processes working knowledge of higher education bill tracking systems. 
  • Skill in the operation of computers and job related software programs.
  • Skill in decision making and problem solving.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.




The President assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives. The supervisor reviews work through conferences, reports, and observation of department activities.




Guidelines include federal and state law as well as Board of Regents and university policies and procedures. These guidelines require judgment, selection and interpretation in application




  • The work consists of varied duties related to the provision of legal services in support of university operations. The diverse needs of constituents contribute to the complexity of the position.
  • The purpose of this position is to provide legal advice and services in support of the work of the university. Success in this position ensures university compliance with state and federal regulations.




  • Contacts are typically with co-workers, other university employees, peers at other colleges and universities, University System of Georgia representatives, vendors, representatives of federal agencies, and members of the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to provide services, to give or exchange information, to resolve problems, to motivate or influence persons, or to justify, defend or negotiate matters.




  • The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table. The employee occasionally lifts light objects.
  • The work is typically performed in an office.




Supervises 2 full-time professional positions: Director of Contracts & Compliance/Title IX Coordinator; Campus Conduct Investigator.




  • Graduation from an accredited school of law.
  • Five years of related experience required (preferably in higher education).
  • Must be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia, or obtain membership within one year of date of hire.

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Job No: 944146
Posted: 11/28/2018
Application Due: 1/26/2019
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