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Associate General Counsel

Employer
Colby College
Location
Colby College

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job DescriptionDepartment:VP Secretary of CollegePay Rate Type:SalaryEmployee Type:Job Summary:Prior experience in Higher Education is REQUIRED
Interested candidates must submit both a cover letter AND resume to be considered.

The Associate General Counsel provides leadership, management, and support for Colby’s legal, risk management, and compliance functions. Reporting to the General Counsel and working with other senior staff of the College, the Associate General Counsel coordinates, manages, and advises on a variety of legal affairs of the College. Given their legal experience and knowledge of higher education law and excellent lawyering skills, the Associate General Counsel serves as a point person for legal inquiries, matter management, and work as designated by the General Counsel. The Associate General Counsel also enhances the Office of General Counsel’s support to the Colby community to provide legal resources, advice and counsel, and assistance to all served by the office to do their best work. Committed to the mission of higher education and Colby’s vision for an extraordinary liberal arts education and experience, the Associate General Counsel attends to all matters with integrity, providing best-in-class customer service to all areas of the College, and inspiring confidence in the services and support provided by the office.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Advise, collaborate on, and manage a wide array of legal and regulatory matters especially in areas pertaining to employment/labor law, as well as discrimination law, the Higher Education Authorization Act, Titles VI, VII, and IX, and various student-centered legal matters

  • Exercise decision-making authority in a set of substantive law areas and legal matters assigned by the General Counsel

  • Demonstrate extraordinary leadership and client management talent and skills in the provision of legal services and support to the College

  • Partner closely with the General Counsel to oversee and manage litigation, regulatory/compliance matters, and internal investigations

  • Conduct and manage legal research and analysis and deliver advice and counsel, especially in complex and sophisticated areas of higher education law

  • Work collaboratively with College leadership and develop creative and innovative strategies to resolve legal matters in academic and administrative areas

  • Collaborate with College departments and College leadership in policy development and policy management based on current and emerging trends in the law

  • Collaborate with the Assistant General Counsel/Director of Risk Management on compliance and enterprise risk management activities and undertakings

  • Assist the General Counsel in managing outside counsel to ensure efficient and cost-effective service

  • and the delivery of high quality and timely work

  • Develop expertise in new and emerging areas of the law – all within a complex and dynamic higher education environment

  • Develop and provide training to faculty, students, and administrative staff on legal and compliance issues

  • Staff Board of Trustees committees as necessary, including the Enterprise Risk/Audit Subcommittee

  • Serve on campus committees and participate in service to the campus community

  • Assist in the oversight and management of the Office of General Counsel legal internship program

  • Develop and maintain networks of counsel supporting higher education, including attendance at professional development conferences, trainings, seminars and workshops as necessary to maintain job knowledge and skills

  • Perform additional duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Advanced degree with six or more years of legal experience in higher education.

  • Substantial and in-depth legal experience, especially involving employment law and student affairs legal and policy matters, such as academic integrity, Title IX and student disciplinary issues, and higher education regulatory/compliance law

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.); licensure to practice in Maine within two years following employment with the College

  • Demonstrated ability to thrive professionally, including excellent customer service skills and ability to work collaboratively as a valued partner in the office

  • Demonstrated talent and skill in program leadership, exceptionally sound personal judgment and initiative, and excellent legal matter management skills

  • Ability to manage/work through differences and drive consensus in resolving challenging legal issues

  • Highest commitment to ethics, integrity and honesty, and the aspirations of the legal profession and lawyering, and strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work varying and sometimes demanding hours and schedules including weekends and evenings, as needed

  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships across a broad range of diverse constituencies, including high level executives and administrators in a complex institutional environment

  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as and when needed, exercising good judgment and initiative, and making decisions on issues and matters assigned to Associate General Counsel

  • Ability to skillfully communicate complex legal concepts in a non-legal manner

  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for learning emerging areas of higher education law

  • Ability to oversee and maintain highly confidential information

  • Effective time management, personnel management, organizational, multi-tasking, and matter management skills

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent analytical, research, advocacy, diplomacy, and problem solving skills

  • Strong presentation skills and the capacity to organize and explain complex and complicated legal information and concepts

  • Appropriate sense of urgency and superior ability to manage a demanding caseload of routine and complex matters – with grace, patience, diplomacy, and good temperament

  • Computer literate in Microsoft Word, the Google suite of tools, Excel and Adobe Acrobat

  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities in a dynamic environment

KEY RELATIONSHIPS:

The Associate General Counsel reports to the General Counsel. This position has significant interactions with administrators, faculty, staff, students and other outside constituencies, and is expected to undertake and manage a multitude of legal affairs and matters of the College as assigned by the General Counsel.

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT:
General office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Walking, standing, bending, twisting, and occasional lifting is required. Computer usage involving repetitive and/wrist motion is required. This is a full-time position located in Waterville, Maine. The successful candidate will be expected to work primarily on campus, with some opportunity for limited remote work, to be discussed. Work may involve varying hours and schedules including weekends and evenings, as needed.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

Successful and satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).

Organization

Working at Colby College 

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 57 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 1,850 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.


Under the leadership of its new president, David A. Greene, Colby is building on this strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes plans for creating innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics.

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