General Counsel

Augusta, Richmond County
Feb 23, 2014
General Counsel The General Counsel serves as the legal advisor to the President of the Georgia Regents University and members of the President’s Cabinet. As General Counsel, the incumbent will provide leadership, direction and oversight to the Office of Legal Affairs which serves as a campus-wide resource to administrators and staff on a variety of legal issues. Span of Control Oversees and coordinates the strategic direction for the Office of Legal Affairs for the enterprise. Other Relationships The General Counsel works in close collaboration and in a highly-matrixed relationship with executive leadership throughout the enterprise, providing highly efficient and effective support for the education, clinical, research, and service missions of the enterprise. Principal Accountabilities The General Counsel is expected to operate autonomously with regard to formulating and providing legal advice. He/she is responsible for monitoring and mentoring other attorneys in the GRU Legal Office and must demonstrate management skills as well as legal ability. The General Counsel will work closely with GRU cooperative organizations and the USG Chancellor’s office in structuring transactions and negotiating contracts. This position manages relationships with the Georgia Attorney General’s office and contracted law firms providing legal services to GRU and with relevant regulatory agencies. General Executive Level Responsibilities 1. Advises the President, Vice Presidents, Deans and other faculty, staff and students as may be designated on a variety of legal issues. Serves as the primary legal strategist for the University, researches issues of import to the University and identifies appropriate options within the law. 2. Supervises and directs the staff of the GRU Legal Office. 3. Serves as primary contact and liaison between GRU and external entities, such as the Law Department and the Board of Regents, concerning legal matters. 4. Advises and serves on institutional committees. 5. Reviews, interprets and drafts institutional policies and procedures. 6. Manages the university’s contracting process with the exception of the Purchasing Office. 7. Reviews, assesses, and tracks external legislation, rules, regulations, and court decisions which impact GRU. 8. Participates in and develops educational materials in a variety of formats (e.g., web-based) for GRU faculty, staff, and students as well as for GRU continuing education programs. Qualifications Ideal Experience The General Counsel should be a strategic thinker, a visionary leader who thrives in a challenging environment and is clearly aligned with the GRU values of: • Collegiality – reflected in collaboration, partnership, sense of community, and teamwork. • Compassion – reflected in caring, empathy, and social responsibility. • Excellence – reflected in distinction, effectiveness, efficiency, enthusiasm, passion, and quality. • Inclusivity – reflected in diversity, equality, fairness, impartiality, and respect. • Integrity – reflected in accountability, ethical behavior, honesty, and reliability. • Leadership – reflected in courage, honor, professionalism, transparency, and vision. • Juris Doctorate degree from a law school approved for accreditation by the American Bar Association, a member in good standing of the Bar of the supreme court of the state in which he or she practices law, and the prompt eligibility for such license and standing in Georgia. • Experienced attorney with at least 10 years of progressive success within a university or academic medical center. • Significant experience in higher education legal matters or representation of colleges or universities to include experience in supervising the work of other lawyers. • Five years as general counsel of a large educational, non-profit, for-profit, or governmental organization, or equivalent role as outside counsel, is preferred. • Proven success in a comprehensive research university setting. • Demonstrated ability, professionalism and mutual respect for diverse cultures with the ability to build a legendary team while gaining consensus among team members and other constituents. • Proven track record as a problem solver and the ability to implement innovative solutions to contemporary challenges. • Outstanding communication skills: written, oral, listening, and public speaking ability, including the ability to forge and reinforce effective relationships with internal/external constituencies. • Excellent presentation and communication skills at all levels and experience in working with an executive leadership team and a board in effective and efficient legal relations strategy and management. • A proven leader of people who is able to recruit, develop and mentor a top-notch team capable of supporting future growth. • Success at working with multiple constituencies and within layered governance structures. • Comprehensive and broad understanding of current trends in higher education and academic medicine. • Successful experience with the supervision of staff in a complex organization and the management of a multi-faceted program. • Highly developed human relations skills, leading to the ability to work well with staff and volunteers at all levels in the organization. Other Personal Characteristics • Strategic and future-oriented. • Understands and drives to excellence. • Effective, creative and a problem-solver. • High visibility, both within the organization as well as outside the organization; a willingness to be a representative of Georgia Regents University in the community. • Creative and flexible in developing and assessing new ideas and ways to evolve Georgia Regents University into the future. • Proven ability to see the big picture but also dive into the details when necessary. • Passionate, motivational leader able to craft an effective yet efficient plan and execute. • Self-confident, likes a challenge, and is willing to take risks. • The highest personal integrity and ethics, with a visible commitment to the mission of Georgia Regents University. For questions and/or to submit a nomination, please contact: Carolyn H. Burns, PHR Executive Search Consultant AA/EEO/Equal Access/ADA Employer