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University Counsel, Student and Academic Affairs

Stanford University
Office of the General Counsel, Stanford, California, United States

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Four-Year Institution
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University Counsel, Student and Academic Affairs🔍Office of the General Counsel, Stanford, California, United States📁Compliance Legal📅Oct 28, 2021 Post Date📅91961 Requisition #University Overview

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Stanford University is a place of learning, discovery, expression and innovation. Founded in 1885, Stanford’s areas of excellence span seven schools along with research institutes, the arts and athletics. Stanford’s faculty, staff and students work to improve the health and well-being of people around the world through discovery and application of knowledge.

Office of the General Counsel Overview

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for addressing legal issues arising out of the activities of Stanford University, Stanford Health Care and Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. Led by its Vice President and General Counsel, Debra L. Zumwalt, the office consists of in-house attorneys and support staff, partnering with outside law firms.

Position Information

In this University Counsel position, the attorney will be responsible for providing legal advice to the University on higher education-related matters such as student and academic affairs. This attorney’s responsibilities include but are not limited to matters relating to disabilities and accommodations; student discipline; political activity; student records and privacy; academic integrity; discrimination and sexual misconduct; diversity, equity and inclusion; admissions and financial aid; community safety; student organizations; athletics; litigation and pre-litigation disputes and other duties as assigned. This position reports to the Deputy General Counsel for Academic, Student and Athletic Affairs and Managing Attorney.

The position requires excellent client service skills and the ability to juggle competing interests. It also requires discretion, flexibility, excellent judgment, collaboration and the ability to understand and manage a broad range of client needs in a constantly changing, cutting-edge academic and medical center environment. The attorney must be able to work independently, while also partnering and working collaboratively with outside counsel and other staff attorneys.

Qualifications & Skills

Applicants should have a law degree from an accredited law school, a minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience, and be admitted to the California State Bar or any other State Bar and otherwise qualified and willing to become registered to practice law in CA as registered in-house counsel, upon starting in this role.

Requirements for this position include excellence in academic credentials, writing, analytical and communication skills, as well as good judgment and a practical approach to solving legal problems. Applicants must be comfortable with technology, committed to teamwork, responsive, and have a proven record of providing the highest quality client service.

***The final candidate will need to successfully pass a background check to be considered for this position.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


Please submit your resume and cover letter with your online application. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence.

Major, Lindsey & Africa is assisting in this search. Confidential electronic inquiries concerning this position can be directed to the ML&A recruiters Heather Fine at [email protected] and Carol Simon at [email protected].

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 3076
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: N
  • Requisition ID: 91961


Change the world. And yourself.

Stanford University has changed the world, over and over again.

We are one of Silicon Valley's largest employers - and also one of the most unique. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work. At the same time, our traditions of respect and collaboration sustain a humane, supportive environment in which to pursue your life and your career. 

At Stanford you'll work with bright, diverse, dedicated people. You'll find encouragement to learn and grow. You'll enjoy excellent benefits and an outstanding environment.

Stanford Facts at a Glance

Opened 1891

Student Enrollment

  • Undergraduates: 6,980
  • Graduates: 8,897


  • 8,180 contiguous acres in six governmental jurisdictions
  • Nearly 700 major buildings
  • 97% of undergraduates live on campus


  • 5,300 externally sponsored projects
  • $1.33 billion total budget


  • 2,043 faculty members
  • 21 Nobel laureates are currently members of the Stanford community
  • 5:1 student to faculty ratio

Stanford University is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and persons with disabilities.

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