Chief Legal Counsel

Glendale, Milwaukee County / Milwaukee, Milwaukee County / Shorewood, Milwaukee County / Whitefish Bay, Milwaukee County
Feb 24, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) invites applications for the position of Chief Legal Counsel (CLC) within the Division of Finance and Administrative Affairs. UWM is a doctoral research intensive university and is the primary urban campus among the 26 campuses of the University of Wisconsin System. With an annual operating budget of about $704 million, the University offers 180 degree programs serving 24,000 students. The 104-acre main campus consists of 47 major buildings, including 8 off-campus buildings, totaling more than 5.6 million square feet. Responsibilities: This position serves as the Chief Legal Counsel for campus and head of Legal Affairs, which provides legal services to the Chancellor, Executive Cabinet, administrators, staff and committees. The CLC deals with a wide variety of legal issues including real estate transactions; contract negotiations; employment administrative litigation and appeals; student misconduct; intellectual property; health and privacy issues; open records and meetings; international and tax law. The CLC serves on the Chancellor’s Cabinet and provides direct legal advice to the Provost, Executive Cabinet, and other senior administrators and governance groups. At the same time, the CLC carries a case load and manages an office staff, including supervising attorneys which requires monitoring work and ensuring professional development and opportunities. The CLC must balance many matters simultaneously, and conduct business in a timely, professional and comprehensive manner. The office is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and currently employs 3.5 staff attorneys and one legal support staff who provide legal assistance to administrators, staff and committees in internal UW administrative processes at UWM. Required Qualifications: Candidates must have graduated from an accredited law school; be admitted to the State Bar of Wisconsin by the start of employment; and possess ten or more years of progressive responsibility as a practicing attorney with experience in legal work relevant to managing and directing the legal affairs of a large public research university. Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have progressive experience that including litigation experience with public sector personnel issues and; contract negotiations; experience in the managing and administering of legal affairs offices including budgets, personnel and resources; evidence of an ability to work within a complex organization; and evidence of a commitment to equal opportunity and diversity in working with internal and external stakeholders. In addition, the successful candidate will possess evidence of leadership including the ability to maintain, negotiate, and strengthen relationships with a wide range of internal and external constituencies, including all levels of administration, faculty and staff, and external entities (e.g., State Department of Justice, UW System, State Department of Administration); evidence of creative, innovative reasoning by developing solutions, lowering barriers, and enabling people and organizations to succeed; evidence of strong interpersonal and organizational skills; and evidence of an ability to work well in a fast-paced, frequently changing environment where the established systems and relationships utilize collaborative and transparent efforts. Appointment Type: Full-time limited academic staff position. Salary: The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Application Procedure and Deadline: Interested candidates must apply online by submit a letter of application, resume and the names and contact information for three references no later than March 22, 2014 at Other Information: Questions about the position may be directed to Vice Chancellor Michael Laliberte, Search Committee Chair, at or (414) 229-4038. Additional information regarding the department and division can be found at This position requires a criminal record review at the finalist stage. For the UWM Crime Statistics Annual Report and the Campus Security Policy, see, or call the Office of Student Life at (414) 229-4632 for a paper copy. The names of all those nominees and applicants who have not requested in writing that their identities be withheld and the names of all finalists will be released upon request. UWM is an affirmative action, equal employment opportunity employer.