The University of Oregon invites applications for the position of Assistant General Counsel (AGC) in the Office of the General Counsel. The successful applicant will join the General Counsel and Associate General Counsel in providing legal advice to a broad range of academic and administrative offices. The General Counsel reports to the President. The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice to the University pursuant to authorization from and subject to general supervision by the Oregon Attorney General.
The Office of the General Counsel is a fast-paced, high volume work place. Its attorneys must be able to handle multiple, unrelated matters concurrently and be available whenever University officials need legal assistance. The practice requires attorneys to have or develop knowledge of higher education and the legal issues facing a public research university. The AGC must be able to complete complex projects both independently and with direction from the General Counsel, work with a variety of university administrators, and on occasion work with the university's external constituencies and other entities. The AGC must have or develop knowledge of legal areas such as student affairs, civil rights, contracts and purchasing, public records, privacy, government employee ethics, and labor and employment. The AGC must work cooperatively with lawyers from the Oregon Department of Justice and with select counsel in private law firms.
Candidates must demonstrate excellent analytical, communication and interpersonal skills and superb professional and personal judgment. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to diversity, the ability to work with divergent personalities, and the ability to solve problems by developing practical solutions that combine legal considerations with programmatic and policy objectives. We seek candidates that meet the demands of the position and keep a sense of humor.
This position requires at least five years of experience as a practicing attorney with a strong preference for those who have provided legal advice to an institution of higher education or a major public entity. Candidates should be admitted, or admissible at the first opportunity, to the Oregon State Bar. The Oregon Attorney General must approve the appointment of the Assistant General Counsel as a Special Assistant Attorney General.
The University of Oregon is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and has over 23,000 students and an annual operating budget approaching $750 million. The University is located in Eugene, a progressive city of approximately 155,000 people in the beautiful Willamette Valley. Eugene has abundant recreational and cultural opportunities and is one hour from both the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountain Range. Portland, Oregon’s largest city, is 100 miles to the north.
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 equality in employment and education and encourages applications from persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons from other protected groups. The position will remain open until filled. However, to ensure full consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references by November 22, 2010. The cover letter should specifically describe the candidate's interest in the position and the University of Oregon. Position is subject to a criminal background check. Application materials should be sent to:
Randolph "Randy" Geller
1226 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1226
FAX: (541) 346-6110
The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.