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Assistant General Counsel

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Cato 3rd Floor

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Employment Type
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Position Number:


Vacancy Open to:

All Candidates

Working Title:

Assistant General Counsel

Position Designation:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Employment Type:

Permanent - Full-time

Months per Year:


Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Hours per week:


FLSA Status:



Institutional Integrity


Institutional Integrity

Work Location:

Cato 3rd Floor

Salary Range:

$105,000 - $118,000

Primary Purpose of Department:

As North Carolina’s urban research university, UNC Charlotte is a diverse and inclusive institution with local-to-global impact that transforms lives, communities, and industries through access and affordability, exemplary bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional programs, scholarship, creative work, innovation, and service. The Office of Legal Affairs provides comprehensive legal advice and assistance on matters involving or affecting UNC Charlotte to the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, the other senior administrators of the University, and through them, to the University’s faculty and staff.

Primary Purpose of Position:

Attorneys in the Office of Legal Affairs provide comprehensive legal advice and assistance to UNC Charlotte, and have challenging, wide-ranging practices that often require handling multiple unrelated—and often unfamiliar—matters concurrently. The Assistant General Counsel must be able to complete complex projects both independently and with direction from the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Integrity and General Counsel, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel, the Senior Associate General Counsels, and the Associate General Counsels.

Summary of Position Responsibilities:

The Assistant General Counsel will be a general practitioner, though it is expected that the position will include a focus on issues related to student affairs, including student discipline, student accommodations, student grievances, student speech, and student health and well-being. As with all attorneys in the Office of Legal Affairs, the Assistant General Counsel will be expected to research, provide advice on, and draft communications and legal documents regarding the full range of state and federal laws, regulations, and policies applicable to a UNC member institution.

Minimum Education/Experience:

  • J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Prior experience as an attorney for a university, or relevant in-house or law firm experience required.
  • At least one year of post-law school experience is required.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Three to five years of relevant, post-law school experience is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in a higher education environment is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent written communication skills; strong verbal and written communication skills in presenting complex legal principles in laymen terms to senior administrators, staff, and faculty.
  • Strong interpersonal and listening skills, and experience interfacing with a wide variety of key stakeholders; a strong collaborator and team oriented.
  • Strong work ethic with a positive attitude. Self-starter, quick study, and ability to manage deadlines.
  • High moral and ethical standards that reflect honesty, integrity, and reliability.
  • Demonstrated awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to engage and include faculty, staff, and students of varying ages, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, identities, and abilities.

Necessary Certifications/Licenses:

  • Must have a current license to practice law in North Carolina, or obtain such license within one year of employment.
  • Must be currently licensed in good standing without any instances of suspension, revocation, censure or other adverse events in any jurisdiction.

Special Notes to Applicants:

  • Candidates are requested to attach a cover letter that addresses all qualifications for the position.
  • Employment is conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check.
  • UNC Charlotte Benefits Information:

Posting Open Date:


Posting Close Date:


Open Until Filled:


Proposed Hire Date:


Contact Information:

Please contact Melanie White, Executive Assistant to Vice Chancellor for Institutional Integrity and General Counsel, at with any questions.


About Us

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It leverages its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System.  A large public university with a small college feel, UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus is the home away from home for more than 29,000 students.  The University offers internationally competitive research and creative activity opportunities and exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs coupled with a focused set of community engagement initiatives that enrich the region’s quality of life.

In fulfilling our mission, we envision a University that promises:

  • An accessible and affordable quality education that equips students with intellectual and professional skills, ethical principles, and an international perspective.
  • A strong foundation in liberal arts and opportunities for experiential education to enhance students’ personal and professional growth.
  • A robust intellectual environment that values social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect.
  • A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically responsible, and respectful workplace environment that develops the professional capacities of our faculty and staff.

To achieve a leadership position in higher education, we will:

  • Rigorously assess our progress toward our institutional, academic, and administrative plans using benchmarks appropriate to the goals articulated by our programs and in our plans.
  • Serve as faithful stewards of the public and private resources entrusted to us and provide effective and efficient administrative services that exceed the expectations of our diverse constituencies.
  • Create meaningful collaborations among university, business, and community leaders to address issues and opportunities of the region.
  • Develop an infrastructure that makes learning accessible to those on campus and in our community and supports the scholarly activities of the faculty.
  • Pursue opportunities to enhance personal wellness through artistic, athletic, or recreational activities.
  • Operate an attractive, environmentally responsible and sustainable campus integrated with the retail and residential neighborhoods that surround us.

Dual Career

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and productive faculty, administrators, and other professional staff members. We recognize that career decisions are influenced by family considerations.  For up to one year from the date of an employee’s relocation to Charlotte, the University will assist the employee’s  spouse or domestic partner with efforts to find employment within the University and/or within the surrounding area.

Diversity at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion throughout the campus. Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender identities, sexualities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social groups and backgrounds.  All of these identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole.  UNC Charlotte strives to celebrate and leverage the benefits of this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more about plans, programs, resources and news and events relating to diversity and inclusion at UNC Charlotte please use the following link:

To access the full text of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion please use the following link:

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Overview of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion.

The goal of quality education for all at UNC Charlotte is the foundation for our Diversity Plan.  At its fullest potential, higher education allows students to interact with people from different backgrounds and to engage a range of ideas and perspectives.  This educational experience cultivates the skills that graduates will need to function adeptly in a global society.  

As North Carolina and the Charlotte region undergo rapid population growth and demographic change, UNC Charlotte must respond to the needs of a more diverse student population. It is imperative that the University prepare its students to become leaders and thriving citizens in a pluralistic and multicultural society. In adopting our Diversity Plan, we affirm that:


    • We believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student body are critical in advancing teaching, scholarship, and community engagement at UNC Charlotte.
    • We are committed to enhancing opportunities for living, working and learning in a diverse environment
    • We are committed to educating our students to interact effectively and respectfully in the global community. 

      The Plan identifies components of a diverse campus community and outlines steps toward building an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty, and staff. It is a living document that affirms our institutional values and is designed to offer guidance to University departments and units for achieving the University goals for diversity.  The seven broad objectives of the Diversity Plan are:

      1: Promote a broad understanding of goals for diversity, access, and inclusion for the University through active outreach to the campus community.

      2: Recruit and graduate a diverse student body that reflects community diversity and addresses the state’s need to increase access to higher education for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.

      3: Increase the recruitment of underrepresented faculty and advance their progression through the faculty ranks.

                  4: Increase the representation of staff from underrepresented groups.

      5: Ensure the presence of institutional environments and course development that enhance learning and appreciation for the full range of diversity.

      6: Develop external relationships with the community to enhance diversity on and off campus.

                  7: Ensure the Success of the Plan through Assessment, Accountability, and Recognition.


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