Associate General Counsel

UNT Dallas
Dallas, Dallas County
Jul 22, 2014

UNT Dallas - the first public institution of higher education in the city - offers faculty and staff the unique opportunity to help shape the character of the 21st century, learner-focused, urban comprehensive university.

Associate General Counsel

Job Description Summary:
The University of North Texas System Office of General Counsel has an immediate opening for an Associate General Counsel to join a dedicated team of attorneys and professional support staff.
The University of North Texas System includes the UNT System Administration, including the new UNT Dallas College of Law, the University of North Texas, the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, and the University of North Texas at Dallas. The UNT System Office of General Counsel includes nine attorneys and four support staff located in offices on the campus of UNT in Denton and at the UNT System headquarters in downtown Dallas; this position is located in downtown Dallas.

The Associate General Counsel will provide comprehensive legal advice and assistance to the UNT System and its component institutions under the direction of the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel. Travel to other UNT System locations is required to provide the high quality client service that is the hallmark of the office.

As an office that is fully committed to excellence, the UNT System Office of General Counsel works collaboratively to deliver advice in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The Associate General Counsel will be expected to have an appreciation for the mission of higher education and a commitment to proactive lawyering and client training. The Associate General Counsel will provide legal advice and recommend courses of action to resolve legal, procedural, or administrative issues in compliance with all applicable legal standards. The Associate General Counsel will conduct legal research and provide analysis, written and oral advice, and training as needed to keep the System and institutions and the members of the Office of General Counsel current on laws and regulations impacting assigned areas.

This position will have a specific portfolio in the areas of student affairs and international programming. Areas of practice will include student discipline, housing, organizations, admissions and financial aid, study abroad and international programs, academic misconduct, disability accommodation, public records, ethics, crisis management and critical incident response, policy development and implementation, advising on regulatory and compliance matters such as Clery Act, FERPA, Title IX, and Title VI, and leading training and preventative law efforts. Other areas of practice may include equal opportunity, risk management and insurance, and general higher education issues.

In addition to an expectation that candidates be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills (written and oral) and the ability to research complex legal issues and prepare legal opinions and documents, candidates for the position should also expect to be able to offer evidence of:
  • An ability to work collegially and to represent university clients in an ethical, professional, and tactful manner.
  • An ability to identify and frame complex legal issues and to convey advice clearly a n d effectively to non-lawyers.
  • An ability to recognize and communicate with the General Counsel and other members of the office about matters of significance affecting the UNT System and its component institutions.
  • An ability and willingness to engage in creative thinking and problem solving.
  • An ability to establish cooperative working relationships with members of the Office of General Counsel and with the varied constituents within the UNT System and its component institutions.
  • Excellent time management and prioritization skills.
  • The ability to work independently and to be self-motivated while handling multiple assignments in an array of substantive areas with moderate supervision.
  • A strong sense of intellectual curiosity and a desire to learn new areas of the law quickly.
  • Discretion and the ability to gain trust and maintain confidences.
UNT System is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide Equal Employment Opportunities (including provisions for training, development, transfer and promotion) for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, disability, or veteran’s status

Minimum Qualifications:
Applicants must have at least 5 years of experience practicing law in a higher education setting, including direct experience with student affairs legal matters.
Graduation from an accredited law school with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or a Juris Doctor (JD) degree.

Licensed (or eligible to be licensed in Texas within one year from the date of employment) and admitted to practice law and in good standing with the State of Texas.
  • Knowledge of legal principles, practices, and proceedings; of state and federal laws, regulations, and rules; and of agency administrative rules and regulations.
  • Skill in identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions; in using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems; and in reconciling differences.
  • Ability to prepare legal documents, to prepare policies and procedures, to conduct research, to interpret and apply laws, to summarize findings, to prepare cases for trial, to conduct hearings, to communicate effectively, and to train, coordinate, and lead the work of others.
Physical Demands:
Work is primarily sedentary. Sits comfortably to do the work; however, there may be some walking, standing, bending, or lifting items weighing up to 15 pounds.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter, a list of four professional references, and writing sample of no more than four pages (pdf) with their online application.

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Founded in 2000, UNT Dallas has grown from 230 students to 2300 students and is projected to reach 16,000 by 2030. UNT Dallas, already among the most diverse universities in the nation, accepted its first freshman class in Fall 2010. For more information about the university, go to

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