Reporting to the President of the University, the General Counsel is the chief legal officer and provides leadership for all University legal matters: proactive counsel and recommendations on legal issues, enterprise risks, compliance matters and key legal documents and agreements.Â The General Counsel provides strategic guidance, consultation, and support to senior University administrators / upper management on a comprehensive range of legal and associated issues involved in carrying out the mission of the institution.
Provides legal counsel and guidance to the officers of the institution and other upper management, both domestic and international, on all legal matters relevant to the institution, including labor and employment law, research, immigration, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations, and laws pertaining to students, faculty, staff, patients and any Saint Louis University constituents, real estate transactions, contracts and grants, tax matters, worker's compensation, liability and insurance matters, public monies and purchases, affirmative action, and other laws and regulations.
Serves on several Committees of the Board of Trustees.Â Including but not limited to: Audit and Legal Committee, Executive Committee, etc.
Anticipates and identifies legal issues and counsels officers of the institution and other upper management to develop legal strategies and solutions, often in situations of great political, public relations, or financial risk or significance, and with limited time for assessing alternatives.
Reviews, researches, interprets, and prepares both written and oral opinions on a wide variety of legal issues.
Provides advice and counsel to the President and leadership on pending local, state, and federal legislation that could impact Universitys academic, health sciences and operational activities.
Drafts, reviews, and approves policies and procedures, regulations, bylaws, and other legal documents.
Reviews contracts, leases, and other legal documents; research legal issues and recommends revisions as necessary.
Represents or oversees the representation of the institution in all legal matters and manages University responses to litigation, legal interviews, and other legal proceedings, and in negotiations with state and federal agencies.
Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives; oversees recruitment, professional development, supervision, and evaluation of unit staff.
Develops and manages annual budgets for the General Counsels office and performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
Selects and retains outside counsel, as required, to obtain legal opinions or to handle claims and litigation.
Supervises legal work of other university attorneys, paralegals, and outside counsel; consults on difficult or sensitive issues.
Maintains professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations to keep abreast of latest developments in higher education law and in other related areas.
Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
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Evidence of interpersonal skills that demonstrate the ability to work well with and build a team; can articulate actual successful examples of doing so (a collaborative and partnering leadership style)
Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management
Ability to provide competent legal advice and counsel to senior University officials on a wide range of legal and policy issues
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills necessary to effectively represent the University, President and Board of Trustees in all legal matters.
Knowledge of the range of applicable laws and regulations which impact on all facets of university policy and operations
Ability to analyze and interpret issues and to prepare legal opinions
Ability to communicate and interact with officials at all levels of government and higher education
Knowledge of current and developing legal issues and trends in area of expertise
Ability to foster a cooperative work environment
Knowledge of the principles and procedures of legal research, legal documentation procedures and requirements
Ability to develop and implement legal strategies and solutions
Knowledge of community legal resources
Knowledge and understanding of Saint Louis University policies and procedures and the regulatory environment within which they operateÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
J.D. from an American Bar Association accredited law school.
Minimum of ten (10) years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
Member of MO State Bar in good standing or the ability to obtain membership within 6-months of hire.
Experience with higher education industry preferred, ideally including institutions with medical and other professional schools.
Saint Louis University(SLU) is a private, co-educational Jesuit university located in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Founded in 1818 by the Most Reverend Louis Guillaume Valentin Dubourg SLU is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River. The University has campuses in St. Louis, Mo. and Madrid, Spain. SLU values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. For nearly 200 years, the University has gone beyond teaching facts and figures, encouraging students to form ideas and identities. Today, SLU students are nearly 14,000 strong. The University has invested vast resources to advance academic programs and enhance the student experience. SLU also is a major research institution where premier researchers tackle local and global challenges. And the University's commitment to community service has earned it national acclaim and bolstered its status as a character-building college.