Position Overview & Responsibilities

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. As part of a small legal department, 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. They 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 assisting the Assistant Vice President for Compliance and Title IX Coordinator in the operations of the Office of the General Counsel. 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. The minimum annual salary for this position is $95,000. Responsibilities include:

  • Work directly with relevant administrators and faculty; draft review and revise contracts. Draft, review, negotiate and offer advice regarding contracts in the best interests of the College.
  • Oversee the contract management system and the administration of contract formation and implementation.
  • Oversee and serve as a liaison with outside counsel in both litigation and non-litigation matters and 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 of 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 levels.
  • Draft correspondence and reports on behalf of the OGC.
  • Assist the AVP for Compliance and Title IX Coordinator to develop and provide training on compliance and legal issues that affect the College.
  • 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:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Law degree (JD) from an 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.
  • 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.
  • Interest in practicing higher education law in a general counsel’s office of a college.
  • Experience in higher education, non-profit or governmental agency, or alternatively in 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.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect, and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith, and our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Application Materials Should Include:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive institution of higher learning.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae.

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

Required Vaccinations & Remote Work:

Unless otherwise stated above, this is an on-campus position. This is not a remote or hybrid position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community.

Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty, and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

About Merrimack College:

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260- acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest-growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted: 3/25/22

Position Code: 841