Position Overview:  The Assistant General Counsel (“AGC”) will report to the Vice President and General Counsel, Secretary of the Board, to represent and advise the College and its administrators in legal matters.  The AGC will assist the General Counsel in providing general legal services on behalf of the College to all of the College’s constituencies, including senior administrators, faculty and staff; in addition to providing general leadership on non-legal matters.  He/she will competently and comprehensively review, negotiate and provide legal advice in accordance with federal and state law. The primary responsibilities will include supporting the General Counsel in the management of College contracts and the operation of the Office of the General Counsel (“OGC”).  The AGC will also be called upon to provide legal support in the full array of areas handled by the OGC, such as academic and student affairs, litigation, employment, College policies, governance, real estate, construction, intellectual property, and other non-legal issues.  The AGC will also be a thought partner to the General Counsel and with the other members of the OGC.

Responsibilities:

  • Work directly with relevant administrators and faculty; draft review and revise contracts.
  • Oversee the contract management system and the administration of contract formation and implementation.
  • Oversee and serve as liaison with outside counsel in both litigation and non-litigation matters and to advise the General Counsel on such matters.
  • Field a wide range of legal inquiries from departments college-wide and be able to research and properly communicate responses to such inquiries.
  • Conduct legal research and analysis and draft legal memoranda.
  • Assist the General Counsel in the capacity as Secretary of the Board on Board support and business.
  • Keep current on developments in the law and the regulation of higher education at the federal, state and local level.
  • Draft correspondence and reports on behalf of the OGC.
  • Represent the OGC at meetings both internally and externally.
  • Availability to provide service in the case of emergencies and other non-business hours; some evening and weekend hours are required.
  • Such other duties may arise from time to time in support of the OGC and the College.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Law degree (JD) from accredited institution
  • Admission in good standing to the Massachusetts bar or eligibility for admission within 6 months
  • 5 years experience as a practicing attorney
  • Flexibility to handle multiple projects simultaneously and independently
  • Ability to respond quickly and appropriately to emergency situations and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision and to take initiative when appropriate
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Word, Google Apps, Westlaw, Excel and general web-based social media and research tools
  • Experience in compliance policies, procedures and implementation

Preferred

  • Ability to demonstrate the highest level of integrity and professionalism
  • Superior communication skills
  • A demonstrated ability to work in a collegial and professional manner with peers and clients
  • A record of academic and professional excellence
  • An interest in practicing higher education law in a general counsel’s office of a college
  • Experience in a higher education, non-profit or governmental agency or alternatively in a private practice or as in-house counsel negotiating and drafting contracts in a variety of operational areas including higher education or similar entity
  • Experience in Title IX and employment law issues

To Apply:  Please apply online with a cover letter and resume.

Merrimack College is committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community, based on the values of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. Candidates are encouraged to describe in their application previous activities or interests related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that values diversity and inclusive excellence at Merrimack College. 

This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted: 11/20/20

Position Code: 0841