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Assistant Counsel

University of Colorado System Administration
Denver, CO

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University Counsel has a dual report to the Board of Regents and the President of the University and includes several legal functions that provide an array of services to the University of Colorado system. The Office of the University Counsel provides legal advice to the Board of Regents, the president, system administration and the campuses.

Position Summary

The Assistant Counsel is a member of the professional staff of the University of Colorado’s (CU) Office of University Counsel. This position is located on the Boulder campus and provides legal services, research, and analysis to the University of Colorado Boulder campus Office of Contracts and Grants and the University of Colorado Boulder campus Technology Transfer Office, also known as Venture Partners at CU Boulder. This position works with the University of Colorado Boulder Office of Contracts and Grants to review and negotiate intellectual property provisions in grants and contracts between the University and external funding agencies including government agencies and industry sponsors. This position also assists the CU Boulder Office of Contracts and Grants with non-disclosure agreements material transfer agreements, and services agreements. The position will primarily work from the location of the CU Boulder Office of Contracts and Grants, but a hybrid work environment of office work and remote work can be arranged.

The individual in this position: (1) possesses knowledge associated with the professional practice of law; (2) performs duties that are predominantly intellectual and varied in nature, requiring creative, analytical, evaluative, interpretive, leadership, and/or critical thinking; and (3) exercises discretion and independent judgment, while collaborating with the senior legal counsel of Venture Partners at CU Boulder

The Assistant Counsel demonstrates leadership and collaboration across all activities while working closely as part of a team to represent and advise Venture Partners at CU Boulder and the CU Boulder Office of Contracts and Grants. The Office of University Counsel prides itself on timely and excellent advice and assistance related to legal and contractual matters. Work is fast-paced, and the successful candidate must be able to work independently and collaboratively to quickly recognize issues, propose possible solutions, follow-up and provide leadership towards resolution, and solve problems.

This security-sensitive position requires a criminal background check for initial appointments, or at any time when determined by the position’s supervisory authority to be in the best interests of the University.

This position reports to the Senior Associate University Counsel for Venture Partners at CU Boulder and is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is exempt from the state personnel system based

upon its professional level duties and reporting relationship to an officer of the administration (principle professional subordinate) (see C.R.S. § 24-50-135(1)(a)).

Duties and Responsibilities:

The following list of duties and responsibilities serve only to illustrate the nature and scope of this position’s primary activities and functions; however, they do not place a limitation on the scope or nature of other duties or responsibilities that are, or may be assigned to this position:

  • Review, draft, and negotiate intellectual property related provisions within contracts that are managed by the CU Boulder Office of Contracts and Grants, including University sponsored research agreements, unfunded research collaboration agreements, services agreements, materials transfer agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and other legal agreements related to CU Boulder research.
  • Develop and maintain intellectual property related provisions for University template documents related to such agreements.
  • Advise the University on issues related to intellectual property such as publication terms and confidentiality terms in transactions and negotiations regarding external funding by federal, non-federal, state, or local government, private foundations, or industry sponsors of University research.
  • Provide legal opinions on matters relating to intellectual property, including patentable inventions, software, and other types of copyrightable intellectual property arising from University research.
  • Work with CU Boulder compliance officers with respect to the intersection of legal and intellectual property matters and compliance with federal and state laws, rules, and regulations to research under various contracts, including, but not limited to, conflict of interest, research misconduct, the Bayh-Dole Act, human subject research, and export regulations
  • Assist in the interpretation, development, and modification of University policies and procedures related to intellectual property and compliance with laws, rules and regulations related to University research.
  • Review legislation and regulations related to University research, and intellectual property.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Who we are: This position is located on our Boulder campus.  Many of our departments support the educational and research missions of the four University of Colorado campuses, but System Administration is not considered a campus. We provide diverse opportunities for professional development, innovation, and collaboration with talented staff and faculty. Learn more about CU System Administration.

The University of Colorado has been proactive in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can visit our COVID-19 webpage for more information.

What we offer:

Salary: The salary range has been established at $97,000 - $102,000.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Benefits: The University of Colorado offers an excellent benefits package including:

  • Medical: Multiple plan options
  • Dental: Multiple plan options
  • Additional Insurance: Disability, Life, Vision and Wellness
  • Retirement 401(a) Plan: Employer contributes 10% of your gross pay
  • Paid Time Off: Accruals over the year
    • Vacation Days: 22
    • Sick Days: 15
    • Holiday Days: 10
  • Tuition Benefit: System employees have the benefit on all campuses 
  • ECO Pass: RTD Bus and light rail service
  • Additional Perks & Programs: Click here to access a few more Perks and Programs
Click here to access our Total Compensation Calculator to see what your total rewards could be at CU. This position is a University Staff position.

Additional taxable fringe benefits may be available.

More information on benefits programs, including eligibility, is available at

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

To be successful in this position, candidates will need the following:

  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and initiatives, in some cases with short timeframes for response
  • Interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and facilitate interactions and teamwork between others
  • Oral, written, and listening communication skills, including the ability to accurately interpret what others are saying and convey messages, information, concepts, and details clearly
  • Ability to analyze, organize, and effectively present, both orally and in writing, legal issues, opinions and recommendations to a variety of constituents
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and demonstrate flexibility to accommodate the shifting priorities of multiple constituents
  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with a variety of internal constituents and external contacts in the provision of comprehensive legal services to the University

Minimum Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school
  • Four (4) years’ experience practicing law
  • Licensed to practice law in the state of Colorado, or the ability to obtain a Colorado license promptly after an offer of appointment
  • Record of ethical behavior
Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as in-house counsel
  • Experience practicing intellectual property law, particularly intellectual property transactions
  • Experience working in the technology transfer industry
  • Experience in compliance areas impacting higher education
  • Professional work experience in a fast-paced, collegial, team-oriented environment

Job Category: Audit and Legal
Primary Location: Boulder
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jun 14, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing


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