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Assistant Counsel

Employer
Hofstra University
Location
Hempstead, New York

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Legal Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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About Hofstra:

Hofstra University is a nationally ranked and recognized private university in Hempstead, N.Y. that is the only school to ever host three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012 and 2016). At Hofstra, students get the best of both worlds. Our campus is a leafy oasis just a quick train ride away from New York City and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities. We offer small classes and personal attention, with the resources, technology and facilities of a large university. Students can choose from more than 160 undergraduate program options and 165 graduate program options in the liberal arts and sciences, education, health professions and human services, the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Hofstra University is a dynamic community of more than 11,000 students from around the world who are dedicated to civic engagement, academic excellence and becoming leaders in their communities and their careers. Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, administrative staff and student body. We especially encourage women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, veterans and people with disabilities to apply.

Description:

The Assistant Counsel will provide legal advice and support to academic and administrative departments across campus with a primary focus on the wide range of regulatory issues faced by institutions of higher education. This role must be able to contribute to the overall work product of a small legal team and requires the ability to work efficiently, independently, and proactively, as well as to organize and manage multiple projects and prioritize University needs in a dynamic environment.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Provides legal advice relating to regulatory issues, including New York State education laws, financial aid regulations, FCC regulations, state and federal tax laws, zoning regulations, state not-for-profit laws, federal civil rights laws, immigration regulations, Clery Act, copyright law and environmental regulations.
• Provides legal advice relating to the review and drafting of university policies and procedures.
• High level problem solving.
• Conducts legal research in the diverse areas of law faced by higher education institutions.
• Provides opinion, advice and analysis to academic and administrative offices, including student financial services, bursar’s office, admissions, public safety, facilities and operations, student affairs, athletics, and provost’s office, regarding legal implications of policy decisions and new laws and regulations impacting the University as well as interpretation of existing laws and regulations.
• Provides support in the reviewing, drafting, and negotiating of University contracts.
• Provides support in the management and handling of litigation-related duties including those relating to administrative matters, subpoenas, all aspects of discovery, file management and outside counsel management.
• Other responsibilities as assigned based on needs of the University and based on interest and experience of applicant.

Qualifications:

Admission to the New York State Bar.
• J.D. from an accredited law school with a record of strong academic performance.
• At least three (3) to five (5) years of relevant experience, preferably with experience advising higher education institutions.
• Proven experience working within a fast-paced deadline driven environment.
• Must be a team player and represent the University in an ethical and professional manner.
• Approach work with a commitment to excellence.
• Inspire confidence with all constituents.
• Possess a solid grasp of the substantive areas of responsibility.
• Ability to handle routine tasks and solve difficult problems with minimal supervision.
• Exhibit astuteness and basic business sense.
• Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: [email protected] Please indicate “Assistant Counsel” in the subject line.

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Working at Hofstra University

Hofstra University is a dynamic private university where students will benefit from large-university resources and thrive within a small college atmosphere.  At Hofstra, students can choose from 155 undergraduate and 170 graduate program options within the Frank G. Zarb School of Business; Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs; School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts; School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University and Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies at Hofstra University; Hofstra University Continuing Education; Honors College; Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; Maurice A. Deane School of Law; School of Education; School of Engineering and Applied Science; and School of Health Professions and Human Services. Students also benefit from small classes (student-to-faculty ratio of 13-to-1 and an average undergraduate class size of just 21 students), flexible schedules, and close proximity to the cultural and networking aspects of New York City.

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