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General Counsel
DATE:   3/27/2019
JOB TITLE:   General Counsel
DEPARTMENT:   University General Counsel


The General Counsel is the senior official responsible for managing the institution’s legal affairs.  He/she provides legal advice to the Board, President, and administrators, manages matters in litigation, and supervises external counsel. The General Counsel often serves as liaison to regulatory and legislative bodies and courts.


Advise the University’s senior administration and academic and administrative offices on a broad range of legal issues, including complex transactional matters, employment and labor law, student affairs, academic affairs, intellectual property, statutory and regulatory compliance, and other matters; Provide legal support to the Board, President, and administrators, including legal advice and opinion letters and preparing legal documents that support the university and its mission; Oversee matters in litigation and coordinate institutional response to legal claims and commercial disputes; Work proactively to protect the university from legal exposure; Assist with legal and negotiation issues with faculty, conduct with students, and personnel matters;  Assist with bequests to the university, trust documents, grants, and special programs/partnerships; Review and assist with construction and architectural agreements, multimedia rights agreements, leases, vendor agreements, and other business contracts; Provide advice on corporate governance and other legal issues raised by the Board and university administration; Provide legal coordination and advice on immigration and employment related issues; Advise on academic issues and policies such as intellectual property, domain ownership and licensing and academic and disciplinary appeals; Assist in the development and review of university policy and procedure; Operate the university’s in-house law office; provide supervision and direction to Legal Assistant/Contracts Administrator and Legal Administrative Assistant; Considered Essential Personnel whose physical presence is required on campus and must also be prepared to address those functions remotely (from off-campus) as needed when operations are restricted or the campus is closed; Maintain confidentiality of information (including but not limited to: student and employee personal information, student grades, etc.), both during and after their employment with the University.  Any question regarding the confidentiality of material, should be referred to the supervisor.  Any violation shall subject the employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment; Perform other duties as assigned. 


20%    Counsel to the Board, President and administration  

20%    Respond to active or threatened litigation  

20%    Student, faculty and employee matters  

20%    Contract review and operational issues  

15%    Policy and compliance matters (including federal/state regulatory action)  

5%      Manage in-house law office


Outstanding academic credentials; Superior oral and written communication skills; Strong analytical and problem solving skills; Proven ability to work collaboratively with other professionals; Experience in independently managing complex legal issues; Commitment to diversity; A record of exemplary personal and professional integrity; The ability to provide practical and timely decisions as appropriate and necessary; Solid computer skills to include Microsoft Office and use of internet and e-mail; Able to drive a personal or university vehicle for the purpose of university business on a regular basis


The functions of the position usually performed sitting, but may require some amount of time standing. Some amount of stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting, walking, carrying and other movements may be required.  Tasks involving working on a computer keyboard, computer software applications and calculator(s) involve extensive wrist and hand movement.  All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements without significant risk of injury to themselves or others.


A Law degree (J.D.) from an ABA accredited institution; admission to and in good standing with the NYS Bar; Seven to ten years’ experience in legal practice: Experience in the field of higher education law is preferred; Experience with litigation, labor and employment, and/or transactional matters in the context of higher education or other non-profit institutions is strongly preferred; Valid New York State driver's license required.  License must meet insurance company rules and regulations for driving underwriting criteria; Position may require travel.

Non Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Policy:

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with our Catholic mission, Niagara University is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities and will not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex (gender), national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristic, status as veteran or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Ryan Thompson, Esq., Title IX Coordinator, Office for Equity & Inclusion, 716-286-8324, rthompson@niagara.edu, www.niagara.edu/oei, Office Location: O’Shea Hall, B27. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

Niagara University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. A copy of the Student Right to Know Annual Security Report is available at: http://www.niagara.edu/safety
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