Job Posting

Assistant University Counsel (University Staff Professional 2)

JOB SUMMARY

The University of Connecticut seeks an attorney to join the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) in an entry level position as Assistant University Counsel. The Assistant University Counsel will serve as a vital member of the in-house legal team at UConn and provide accessible and responsible legal advice in a collegial and constructive atmosphere in support of the University’s mission and goals. The OGC is located on the University’s main campus in Storrs.

UConn is the state’s flagship institution, and one of the top public research universities in the nation.

Like the university itself, UConn’s OGC is a fun, fast-paced, and dynamic environment with a significant volume of matters involving many different areas of law. This position will work closely with senior attorneys in the office to provide legal advice and support across various legal practice areas.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities may include:

  • Providing legal advice, support, and counsel to university stakeholders on a wide variety of issues that arise in a multi-million dollar enterprise and/or a large, public research institution of higher education.
  • Conducting legal research and drafting memoranda on various issues, including, but not limited to, privacy, research, immigration, business and financial matters, regulatory compliance, student affairs, and employment.
  • Providing litigation support by collecting discovery, assisting with investigations and interviews, and preparing and drafting administrative agency and court filings and other documents.
  • Providing advice and support on immigration matters, including assisting with and preparing employment-based nonimmigrant visa petitions and permanent residency applications.
  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating complex business agreements, and advising stakeholders on contracting, financial, and risk management issues.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • J.D. from an accredited law school;
  • Member of the Connecticut Bar in good standing, or demonstrated ability to waive in promptly in accordance with Connecticut requirements;
  • A minimum of 4 years of diverse legal experience as a practicing lawyer or 2 years of continuous work as a practicing in-house lawyer for an institution of higher education;
  • Demonstrated ability to draft comprehensive, cohesive, and clear legal documents;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully track, manage, and handle a significant volume of matters involving many different areas of law with an attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently while effectively keeping supervisors, colleagues and clients informed and engaged;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and demonstrated ability to address difficult and complex issues;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills demonstrating courtesy, diplomacy, and a collaborative approach that reflects a commitment to effective client service at all levels of administration;
  • Ability to juggle shifting priorities and projects;
  • Excellent judgment and follow-through;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the unique and often complex decision-making dynamics associated with working in a university system and highly functioning in-house counsel office;
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word and Adobe to create, review and edit documents independently;
  • Ability to use case management software;
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed;
  • Demonstrated commitment to discretion and confidentiality.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in higher education law, including advising an institution of higher education;
  • Experience with the statutory requirements applicable to the operations of Connecticut state agencies;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the wide range of legal issues and applicable laws and regulations associated with a complex and entrepreneurial public research institution of higher education.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is a full-time, permanent position located in Storrs. The salary range for this position will be commensurate with experience and includes a full benefits package.

TO APPLY:

Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #495496 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on September 24, 2021.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.