Associate University Attorney

East Carolina University
Closing date
Oct 14, 2021

Job Details

Job Title:

Associate University Attorney

Position Number :


Vacancy Open to :

All Candidates

Department :

CHH Office of University Counsel

Department Homepage :

Advertising Department :


Division :


Classification Title :

Assoc University Attorney

Working Title :

Associate University Attorney

Number of Vacancies :


Full Time Equivalent (FTE) :


Full Time or Part Time :

Full Time

Recruitment Range:

Commensurate with Qualifications

Position Location (City) :


Position Type:


Job Category :

Non-Faculty Senior Administrative

Organizational Unit Overview:

The University Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs is chief legal counsel for East Carolina University. The Office of University Counsel is responsible for addressing the university’s comprehensive legal needs, including contracts, policies and procedures, employment relations with faculty, EHRA and SHRA employees, litigation coordination, legal advice regarding compliance with applicable regulatory requests, etc. East Carolina University, with an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, is the only constituent institution in the University of North Carolina system with a School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, and College of Engineering and Technology. The Office of University Counsel provides comprehensive legal advice and counsel regarding legal matters to the Chancellor, the Board of Trustees, the principal administrators of the University and, through them, to faculty, staff, and students of East Carolina University.

Job Duties :

The responsibility of the Associate University Attorney is to assist the University Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs (“University Counsel”) in providing comprehensive legal advice to East Carolina University. Under the direction of the University Counsel, the Associate University Attorney assists in advising the Chancellor and their representatives concerning legal matters such as University policies and procedures, employee relations, student discipline, civil rights, contracts, pending litigation, public records requests, and other University matters.

Duties of the Associate University Attorney include:

1. Furnishing legal advice to and preparing written legal opinions for the Chancellor, vice chancellors, deans, and department chairs, as well as the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and students on matters involving or affecting the University;
2. Furnishing legal advice concerning the legal implications of proposed policies and actions;
3. Counsels the University as to compliance with State and federal laws and administrative regulations;
4. Assists with preparation for campus grievance hearings involving faculty and staff and as well as subsequent appeals;
5. Provides training on legal policy issues to University faculty, administration and staff;
6. Drafts or reviews University contracts and advises administration in apparent vendor breach situations;
7. At various times, serves as a liaison between East Carolina University and (1) the legal staff of The University of North Carolina System Office, (2) the legal staff of the North Carolina Department of Justice/Office of the Attorney General, and (3) other entities inside and outside the University; and
8. Represents the University to a variety of external regulatory and law enforcement agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

This function requires responding to inquiries, charges, or complaints registered by or with such organizations, usually through conducting internal investigations; marshaling evidence; and assisting in the development and articulation of University administrators.

Salary and title are commensurate with experience. May fill as Assistant University Attorney (classification and working title) based on qualifications and experience of selected candidate.

Minimum Education/Experience :

J.D. from an ABA accredited law school, admitted currently or eligible for admission to the North Carolina Bar and must be admitted within one year of date of employment.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation :


Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education :

A minimum of four years of legal experience is preferred, along with relevant experience involving employment law, litigation experience, contract law, and higher education law and/or public sector law.

Special Instructions to Applicant :

Submit cover letter, resume, and list of at least three references (with contact information) with electronic application.

Additional Instructions to Applicant:

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Job Open Date :


Open Until Filled:


Initial Screening Begins :


Quick Link for Direct Access to Posting :


East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department of Human Resources at (252) 737-1018 (Voice/TTY) or [email protected].

Eligibility for Employment :

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Office of Human Resources Contact Information :

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (252) 328-9847 or toll free at 1-866-489-1740 or send an email to [email protected] Our office is available to provide assistance Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 EST.


ECU offers a challenging academic environment and an energetic campus life. We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. One of the perks of working at ECU is that you can take up to 9 credit hours of classes per year at no cost to you. There is also a textbook loan program in place available to permanent ECU staff and faculty, or their eligible dependent children or spouse. ECU also offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, and generous leave time.

Scholarship. Discovery. Service. Leadership.

Here, those values are more than just buzzwords. They indicate the wealth of opportunity that ECU students experience while engaging in the rigorous pursuit of knowledge. They define the many ways in which students innovate and forge new paths. They encompass the life lessons our students learn while serving others and improving communities. They emphasize the encouragement our students receive to stand up and lead the way into a brighter tomorrow.

To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

Find Us
United States

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert