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General Counsel

Posting: 10162
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2010-09-28

The University of Oregon invites applications for the position of General Counsel.

The General Counsel is the chief legal officer for the University and is responsible for managing the University's legal affairs and overseeing the office's provision of legal services to the University. She or he is an Executive Officer of the University of Oregon, reports to the President, and is a member of the President's Executive Leadership Team. The General Counsel also works closely with other Executive Officers, University units, and students on a diverse array of legal issues. The General Counsel supervises the Office's budget and staff, including two other attorneys.

The General Counsel's Office provides legal advice to the University pursuant to authorization from and subject to general supervision by the Oregon Attorney General. As a result, the Oregon Attorney General must approve the General Counsel to be appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General. As a Special AAG, the General Counsel speaks on behalf of and exercises the authority of the Oregon Attorney General. In many instances, the General Counsel's office reviews the University's legal needs, coordinating the provision of legal services with the Department of Justice.

The General Counsel works in a variety of practice areas, including labor and employment, business matters, contract review, litigation, environmental issues, copyright, information technology, property acquisitions, student and faculty issues, tax, and constitutional law. The University is a complex and diverse institution, and it generates a wide range of legal issues. Some of these are common to all large institutions; others (such as shared governance, freedom of speech, academic freedom, sponsored research, risk management, student rights, campus safety, the ADA, and Title IX) are unique to the environment of a public academic institution.

Candidates must possess a law degree from an accredited law school, be a member of or qualified for admission to the Oregon Bar, and have at least fifteen years of law practice experience. They also must demonstrate impeccable analytical, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills, as well as high ethical standards, mature judgment, and the capacity to foster constructive outcomes in a complex environment involving an array of distinct stakeholders and faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds. They must demonstrate competence and confidence to operate with credibility at the senior executive level, and they must have had experience managing, directing, and coordinating the work of other attorneys and in maintaining objectivity while promoting appropriate outcomes, managing multiple stakeholder agendas, and upholding excellent client service standards. They must have superior intellectual capacity, flexibility, and creativity, and the aptitude to be a true "generalist."

The committee will strongly prefer candidates who have substantial experience handling the legal work of a large organization, especially of a research-oriented university. The committee also will prefer candidates who are familiar with public law.

The University of Oregon, which has over 22,000 students and an annual budget of approximately $668 million, is a public institution and part of the Oregon University System. The University is a member of the Association of American Universities. Located in Eugene, a progressive city of 155,000 people in the beautiful Willamette Valley, the University campus is an hour from both the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountain Range and two hours from Portland, Oregon's largest city.

Compensation is competitive and will take into consideration the successful candidate's qualifications. A full range of excellent benefits is provided.

The University of Oregon is committed to diversity and equal opportunity in employment and education. We invite applications from candidates who are committed to and will actively work to uphold diversity and equal opportunity within our community. Women, people of color, persons with disabilities, veterans, and other protected groups are encouraged to apply.

To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references by July 8, 2010. The position will remain open until filled. Position is subject to a criminal history and credit background check.

Application materials should be sent to:

Dean Margaret L. Paris, Chair
General Counsel Search Committee
University of Oregon School of Law
1221 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1221