Associate General Counsel

The Office of Legal Affairs provides comprehensive legal advice and assistance to UNC Charlotte. The Office of Legal Affairs provides services on legal matters involving or affecting the institution to the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, the other senior administrators of the University, and through them, to the University’s faculty and staff.

Overview:
Attorneys in UNC Charlotte’s Office of Legal Affairs have challenging, wide-ranging practices and must be able to handle multiple, unrelated matters concurrently. The Associate General Counsel must be able to complete complex projects both independently and with direction from the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Integrity and General Counsel, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel, and the Senior Associate General Counsels. The Associate General Counsel will be a general practitioner, with specific areas of focus assigned by the Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Integrity and General Counsel and Associate Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel based on personal experience and institutional need. Regardless of assigned focus areas, the Associate General Counsel will be expected to research, provide advice on, and draft communications and legal documents regarding the full range of state and federal laws, regulations, and policies applicable to a UNC constituent institution.

Responsibilities:
• Advising principal University officials or internal governance or administrative bodies on their legal responsibilities and the legal implications of developing matters such as federal or administrative agency audits or investigations and employment disputes. The Associate General Counsel is responsible for providing competent legal advice in a timely manner and for managing the University’s response to litigation, audits, and investigations so as to produce optimum results and outcomes for the University
• Conduct legal research and use it as the basis for preparing briefs, legal advice memoranda, and University policy and procedures. The Associate General Counsel is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of all such documents
• Drafting and reviewing University contracts of all types. The Associate General Counsel is responsible for producing thorough and legally correct contracts while dealing adequately with all relevant considerations

Education and experience:
• J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school
• Prior experience as an attorney for a university, or relevant in-house or law firm experience required
• At least five years of relevant, post-law school experience required

Skills:
• Experience in a higher education environment is strongly preferred
• Excellent written communication skills; strong verbal and written communication skills in presenting complex legal principles in laymen terms to senior administrators, staff, and faculty
• Strong interpersonal and listening skills, and experience interfacing with a wide variety of key stakeholders; a strong collaborator and team-oriented
• Strong work ethic with a positive attitude. Self-starter, quick study, and ability to manage deadlines
• High moral and ethical standards that reflect honesty, integrity, and reliability

Certifications and licenses:
• Must have a current license to practice law in North Carolina, or obtain such license within one year of employment
• Must be currently licensed in good standing without any instances of suspension, revocation, censure or other adverse events in any jurisdiction
• Special Notes to Applicants
• Two Associate General Counsel positions will be filled through candidates for this posting.
• Candidates are requested to attach a cover letter that addresses all qualifications for the position, including information that highlights experience evidencing their commitment to diversity and inclusion
• Employment is conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check