Vice President for Strategy and General Counsel

Louisville, Jefferson County
Apr 11, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
A nationally recognized public metropolitan research university located in one of America’s most livable cities, the University of Louisville ( announces the national search for Vice President for Strategy and General Counsel. The successful candidate will report directly to the President as a member of the senior management team and as chief legal counsel for the University. Responsible for the oversight of UofL’s in-house legal staff, the VP for Strategy and General Counsel will also oversee the government relations office and play a critical role in the development of innovative strategies to ensure UofL’s continued trajectory as a nationally ranked research institution dedicated to serving Louisville, its surrounding communities, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Position Requirements and Responsibilities Requirements include a Juris Doctorate from an accredited school of law and admission to the Kentucky Bar or eligibility to practice law in the State of Kentucky through a reciprocal arrangement in another state. Direct reports in the Office of Counsel include in-house attorneys who specialize in employment, contract, and compliance law as well as legal counsel employed in other administrative offices representing the University in areas of specialization such as academic affairs and research, health affairs, technology transfer, commercialization, and intellectual property rights. The General Counsel oversees external legal counsel who are engaged through professional services agreements as needed to augment the internal services available to the University. The Office of Counsel also includes other paralegal, professional, and administrative support positions. In addition to advising the President on key strategic issues and coordinating legal activities of the University and affiliated entities, other responsibilities of the position include: • Provide a full range of legal services, assure the University is in compliance with Federal and state statutes and regulations, and advise in the development of University policies and procedures; • Negotiate and approve contractual arrangements for outside legal counsel and monitor related legal expenses to assure efficient application of resources through professional services agreements; • Coordinate and oversee the Office of Governmental Relations; • Advise the Office of the President in interpreting corporate regulations affecting the University’s boards and commissions, review agendas and minutes for appropriate legal presentation, and examine initiatives for distribution to the University’s boards and internal governing bodies; • Advise the University’s Records Custodian regarding all matters related to Open Records Requests. The University of Louisville Established in 1798 and currently led by President James Ramsey, UofL is classified as a Very High Research Activity Research University by the Carnegie Foundation. Enrollment is 22,500 in 13 colleges and schools; the average ACT score of entering freshmen is 25. The annual operating budget is $1.2 billion. In the last 15 years UofL has grown exponentially in key areas including grant and contract awards, baccalaureate graduation rates, the number of doctoral degrees conferred, and in service to the citizens of the state and region. The current strategic plan calls for continued robust growth through 2020 and beyond. UofL’s endowment ranks among the top 100 colleges and universities in the U.S. The University of Louisville Foundation ( is a valued partner in helping keep UofL in a leadership position for research of all kinds. With guidance from the administration, the Foundation is setting the University’s investment fund on a course for long term success; the portfolio’s return is well above the national norm. Proud of its strong and diverse research communities and interdisciplinary collaboration, UofL is comprised of three campuses, each with state-of-the-art research facilities: the 177-acre Belknap campus near downtown Louisville; the Health Sciences Center and medical complex; and a 243-acre Shelby campus anchored by the ShelbyHurst Research and Office Park. The Community UofL is a vital partner in the economy of Louisville (,, a prosperous and culturally rich city with a population of over one million and an enviable cost of living that is well below the national average. Listed as Lonely Planet’s 2013 top travel destination, Louisville is “a lively, offbeat cultural mecca on the Ohio River” boasting restaurant and art scenes that rival those found in much bigger cities. Louisville is home to professional orchestra, ballet, and opera companies, as well as the acclaimed Speed Art Museum, the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, and the Muhammad Ali Center. Notably, Louisville draws audiences from far and wide for the award-winning Actors Theatre of Louisville’s annual Humana Festival of New Plays. Also a mecca for recreation enthusiasts, the city boasts 18 pristine parks and six parkways that were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and later by his sons beginning in the late 19th century. Commerce and business flourish as well as healthcare, for which Louisville is a major national hub. Search Timeline For best consideration, confidential applications and nominations for the position should be received by May 23, 2014. Please include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; curriculum vitae; names of five references with titles, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination, including name, position, address, telephone number and email address of the nominee. Applications and nominations should be electronically submitted via MS Word or pdf to The search is assisted by John B. Hicks, Senior Consultant Academic Search, Inc.: ~ 205-345-7221. The University of Louisville is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Employer, committed to diversity and, in that spirit, seeks applications from a broad variety of candidates.