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Legal Affairs Counsel II

University Of Arizona

This is a Full-time position in Tucson, AZ posted May 1, 2021.

Position Highlights The University of Arizona (UArizona) is accepting applications for an Associate General Counsel (Legal Affairs Counsel II) position in its Office of the General Counsel (OGC).

The successful candidate will work in a diverse range of practice areas common to higher education institutions, including student affairs, Title IX, FERPA, employment, compliance, and public records.

This position also will involve litigation strategy and oversight, and working with outside counsel and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

OGC represents and advises UArizona and the Arizona Board of Regents on sophisticated legal matters and complex issues, working closely with University constituents, including University leadership.

Moreover, OGC has a highly collaborative and collegial culture and environment that values differences in the perspectives and backgrounds of its team members, utilizing each attorney’s wide range of expertise and experience.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities Advise and represent University administrators on a wide range of matters including: student-related issues, policies, and procedures; student conduct hearings; Title IX; employment; constitutional and legislative matters; shared governance; administrative law matters; FERPA and public records; compliance; and crisis management.

Work closely with other attorneys in OGC, as well as University administrators, faculty, and staff, outside counsel, other governmental offices, UArizona-affiliated organizations, and the Arizona Board of Regents.

Oversee a portfolio of University litigation matters, including developing litigation strategy and working in close coordination with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office; coordination with outside legal counsel if necessary; and litigation practice, including written advocacy and drafting/reviewing pleadings, motions, briefs, and discovery.

Assist in developing and providing training and educational programs for administrators, faculty, staff, and other University colleagues.

Contribute to the collaborative planning and execution of UArizona strategic priorities.

Represent UArizona locally and elsewhere as directed.

Responsibilities will involve travel within the State of Arizona and may occasionally involve travel outside the State.

Engage in continuous education and improvement in legal practice and knowledge through professional development.

Attend and participate as a presenter at conferences and workshops as appropriate and as requested.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Superior interpersonal skills to effectively interact and maintain productive, cooperative, and mutually supportive working relationships with a wide range of individuals, departments, and constituents.

Superior legal research abilities and analytical skills with an ability to identify and frame complex legal issues and convey advice, both verbally and in written form, clearly and effectively to lawyers and non-lawyers.

Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, respect, and integrity.

Intellectual acumen coupled with creative thinking and commitment to inspire confidence with all constituents.

Excellent emotional intelligence, active listening skills, and verbal communication and presentation skills.

Excellent written communication skills and impeccable attention to detail, including exceptional ability to draft accurate, complete, and persuasive legal documents.

Strong work ethic and demonstrated commitment to teamwork, including the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, complex, team-oriented environment, working and prioritizing efficiently and independently on multiple time-sensitive matters.

Ability to work collegially, professionally, compassionately, and in a tactful manner with all individuals.

Consistent and demonstrated professional, positive, and enthusiastic attitude and demeanor.

Ability to handle highly sensitive and confidential matters with the highest degree of discretion, professionalism, and confidentiality.

Impeccable judgment in decision-making and advising.

Strong technology fluency and capabilities.

Keen understanding of crisis management and the role of legal counsel in circumstances where urgent safety, operational, or crisis situations may arise.

Minimum Qualifications J.D.

from an ABA-accredited law school.

Licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona, in good standing, with a minimum of five years of substantial and progressively responsible legal experience practicing law.

Preferred Qualifications Seven or more years of complex, high-level legal practice after bar licensure.
Experience representing research academic institutions, colleges, or universities.
Experience as a practicing litigator with litigation oversight responsibilities.
Experience in legal issues related to students, Title IX, or public governmental entities.

FLSA Exempt

Full Time/Part Time Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week 40

Job FTE 1.0

Work Calendar Fiscal

Job Category Legal Compliance

Benefits Eligible Yes
– Full Benefits

Rate of Pay DOE

Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Grade 13

Career Stream and Level PC2

Job Family Legal Affairs

Job Function Legal & Compliance

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies 1

Target Hire Date

Expected End Date

Contact Information for Candidates Jennifer Bailey

Open Date 3/2/2021

Open Until Filled Yes

Documents Needed to Apply Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant

Diversity Statement At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community.

As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies.

Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information.

As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.