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Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel

University of Denver
Denver, USA, Colorado
$325000 - $375000 per year

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Technical Legal Skills

The candidate should possess demonstrated outstanding legal talent with an understanding of and the ability to focus on the legal and policy issues facing a complex higher education institution and the initiative to anticipate areas or problems of concern and work to find solutions. Preference for a lawyer with experience working in (i) a higher education legal department; (ii) a law firm working for complex academic clients; or (iii) a relevant federal government department or agency. Experience counseling all layers of higher education leadership on complex legal issues and the ability to address compliance with the full range of applicable laws, regulations, rules, and policies that affect DUs activities.

Collaborative Leadership

The candidate should thrive in a rigorous and often time-sensitive legal environment and possess a demonstrated ability to meet challenges with composure, employing the highest standard of ethics and personal integrity. The candidate should demonstrate excellent judgment and a track record of serving as a key member of a leadership team. DU is seeking a lawyer who is sensitive to and understands the special nature of working in an academic institution in which the need for a collaborative working style, flexibility, adaptability, and patience are critical to success; a lawyer who can gain credibility and work with and successfully advise DU leaders in decision-making; a lawyer who sees the big picture, is practical and who will bring to the position energy and a sense of urgency and integrity as well as a passion for DUs mission. The candidate must model confidentiality and discretion. Trust is an essential component in these relationships, as it is with the broader DU community.

Leading through Change

The candidate will have successful experience building, leading, and motivating a legal team, set high standards, assess performance and establish a high bar of excellence. The candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, including success in building a diverse team. The candidate will have experience establishing practices and implement systems and structures to support, measure, and reinforce service performance and will create an environment where continuous improvement is normalized and where the office is known across campus for its service-orientation. The next General Counsel will foster a proactive and responsive culture to elevate the operational capacity and decision support while enhancing DUs ability to make timely and accurate decisions.

The Search Process

The University of Denver is being assisted in this process by Spencer Stuart and welcomes nominations or expressions of interest. If you wish to submit your application materials or nominate someone to serve as the next Vice Chancellor of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, please send an email message with supporting materials to:

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UG.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $325,000 - $375,000

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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