13097: Assistant or Associate General Counsel (one position)

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Assistant or Associate General Counsel (one position) - Archive
Office of the General Counsel

Posting: 13097
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-07-21

The University of Oregon invites applications for the position of Assistant or Associate General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC).  The Assistant or Associate General Counsel reports to the General Counsel who in turn reports to the President of the University.  The OGC is a fast-paced, high volume work place.  The General Counsel places a premium on the ability to: (1) avoid or solve problems by developing practical solutions informed by political, public relations, programmatic, and policy objectives, as well as legal considerations; and (2) manage university projects that have a legal component.

Qualified applicants must be able to: (1) work with all university administrators; (2) interact professionally and knowledgeably with the university's external constituencies and other entities; (3) handle multiple unrelated matters concurrently, rapidly, and accurately; (4) work in the evening and on weekends; (5) work cooperatively with and manage civil litigation conducted by outside counsel.

Candidates qualifying for the position of Assistant General Counsel 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.  This position has no budgetary authority or direct supervisory responsibility, although the Assistant General Counsel may supervise some work performed by an executive assistant.  This position reports to the General Counsel but also works with and under the supervision of the Associate General Counsels.

Candidates qualifying for the position of Associate General Counsel must have or develop knowledge of the same legal areas as candidates for the Assistant General Counsel position as well as some of the following: research, technology transfer, business transactions, taxation and public finance, real property, and risk management and insurance.

The Associate General Counsel reports to the General Counsel and may act on behalf of the General Counsel if the General Counsel is incapacitated or otherwise unavailable.  This position does not have budgetary authority, except under circumstances where the Associate General Counsel is acting on behalf of the General Counsel because the General Counsel is incapacitated. 

The Assistant or Associate General Counsel is expected to be able to defend the university before state and federal agencies.

Assistant General Counsel:

Required Qualifications:

  • Law degree from an accredited institution.
  • At least four years of experience as a practicing attorney.
  • Admitted to Oregon state bar or prepared to seek immediate admission.
  • Demonstrated analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills;
  • Superb professional judgment.
  • High ethical standards.
  • A commitment to diversity and the ability to work with divergent personalities

Preferred:

  • Experience working on behalf of an institution of higher education or a large governmental entity.

Associate General Counsel:

Required Qualifications:

  • Law degree from an accredited institution.
  • At least seven years of experience as a practicing attorney.
  • Admitted to Oregon State Bar or admissible at the earliest opportunity.
  • Demonstrated analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Superb professional judgment.
  • High ethical standards.
  • A commitment to diversity and the ability to work with divergent personalities.

Preferred:

  • At least 2 years of experience in higher education law.

The University is located in Eugene, a progressive city of approximately 155,000 people in the Willamette Valley.  Eugene has abundant recreational and cultural opportunities and is one hour from both the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountain Range.  Portland 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.  Consideration of applications will begin on May 6, 2013, but the position will remain open until filled.  The required application materials consist of a cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references.  The cover letter should specifically describe the applicant's interest in the position and the University of Oregon.  Finalist must complete a criminal background check.  Application materials should be sent to:

Randolph Geller
General Counsel
1226 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR  97403-1226
FAX: (541) 346-6110
Email: generalcounsel@uoregon.edu

The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.