Associate General Counsel (Multiple Positions)

Position Details

Position Information

Title Associate General Counsel (Multiple Positions)
Department Office of the General Counsel (9801)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The University of Arizona is accepting applications for up to two (2) available Associate General Counsel positions in its Office of the General Counsel. The Office of the General Counsel represents and advises the University of Arizona and the Arizona Board of Regents on a strikingly broad range of sophisticated legal matters and complex issues including: employment matters, complex business transactions, intellectual property, international and research collaboration, student-related matters, contracts, compliance (including HIPAA, Title IX, and NCAA, among others), information security, public records, public procurement, technology transfer, copyright and trademark, constitutional law, real estate, administrative law, clinical research issues, undergraduate and graduate medical education, athletics matters, legislation, litigation oversight, and any other areas as directed by the University President.

The Office of the General Counsel 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

• The available positions will focus primarily on the University’s health and medical education, research, student affairs, and litigation practice areas.

• The selected attorneys will be expected to advise and represent University administrators and provide advice and counsel on matters including:

o Clinical research undertaken at both of the University’s academic medical centers and affiliated teaching hospitals; college of medicine accreditation by the LCME; undergraduate and graduate medical education, including teaching affiliations; ACGME requirements for residency and fellowship programs; and HIPAA and its implementing regulations, including Privacy and Security Rules

o Research compliance and informed consent to participate in research issues, including human subject protection and IRB matters; conflicts of interest and commitment; and research funded by NIH or Public Health Service, including research grant preparation, implementation, and compliance

o Student-related matters, policies, and procedures; student conduct hearings; Title IX; Constitutional and legislative matters; shared governance; administrative law matters; FERPA and public records; and crisis management

o Litigation strategy and management, including close coordination with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office; selection of outside counsel if necessary; and litigation practice, including advocacy, court appearances, and drafting pleadings, motions, briefs, and discovery

• In addition to working closely with other University attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel, as well as University administrators, faculty, and staff, the selected attorneys will interact with outside counsel, other governmental offices, University-affiliated organizations, and the Arizona Board of Regents.

• The selected attorneys will assist in developing and providing training and educational programs for administrators, faculty, staff, and other University colleagues.

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 clearly and effectively to non-lawyers
• Intellectual acumen coupled with creative thinking and commitment to inspire confidence with all constituents
• Excellent active listening skills
• Excellent 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, inclusiveness, and respect
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, complex, team-oriented environment, working efficiently and independently on multiple time-sensitive matters, and to prioritize effectively
• Ability to work collegially, professionally, compassionately, and in a tactful manner with diverse individuals
• Consistent and demonstrated professional, positive, and enthusiastic attitude and demeanor
• Ability to handle highly sensitive and confidential matters with the highest degree of professionalism
• Ability to demonstrate considerable discretion and impeccable judgment in decision-making and advising, including adhering to the highest standards of confidentiality
• Demonstrated commitment to providing responsive, timely, and excellent legal services to University clients
• Demonstrated leadership and strong organizational, planning, coordinating, and problem-solving skills
• 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 in the State of Arizona, in good standing, with a minimum of five years of substantial and progressively responsible legal experience practicing law, including experience in some or all of the key primary practice areas as described above; applicants not licensed in Arizona must be licensed and in good standing in another state and must become a member in good standing of the State Bar of Arizona within one year of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

• Seven or more years of complex, high-level legal practice experience after bar licensure preferred
• Expertise in Arizona statutory and case law preferred
• Specific experience representing large research academic institutions, colleges, or universities preferred
• Experience with academic medical centers and health care law preferred
• Experience as a practicing litigator representing colleges or universities preferred

FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40 Hours Per Week
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22353
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Kate Adams,

Open Date 01/19/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 01/29/2018
Special Instructions to Applicant

Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.

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. 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 encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 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.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Writing Sample
Optional Documents