The Assistant University Counsel provides advice and counsel to the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, the Provost, administrators, and others within the University on a broad range of legal issues, initiatives, and policy matters. The Assistant University Counsel will also engage in crisis and opportunity management and preventative counseling, including the identification of high-risk activities and enterprises conducted by the University and the articulation of methodologies or strategies for addressing these risks. This position works closely with all of the attorneys in the Office of University Counsel and most closely with those whose work focuses on employment matters, student matters and litigation. The successful candidate will have a minimum of two years of relevant legal experience. This person reports to the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel and the Associate Vice Chancellors and Senior University Counsel within the Office. The Assistant University Counsel will engage in an intellectually challenging, fast-paced practice with special emphasis on employment, student affairs, and litigation matters. The Assistant University Counsel’s primary responsibilities will include client counseling on a wide range of issues; advising on internal investigations and grievance proceedings; representing the University in matters before the EEOC, DOL, OCR, and other regulatory agencies; pre-litigation strategy and support; subpoena responses; and policy development and implementation. The Assistant University Counsel also will collaborate with the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office on employment, student, and other litigation matters before State and federal courts and various administrative agencies, including the Office of Administrative Hearings.
Education and Experience:
A minimum of two full years of relevant legal experience. Strong analytic abilities, adaptability, strategic common sense, and good judgment. Experience with anti-discrimination laws, with specific emphasis on Title VII, Title IX, and ADA. Experience providing clients with practical, common sense advice on complex matters. Experience representing clients before State and federal courts and agencies (e.g., EEOC, DOL, OCR). Experience working with colleges and universities. Initiative, intellectual curiosity, a love of learning, creativity, tenacity, confidence and humility, a sense of ownership and responsibility, a sense of humor, and a commitment to collaboration and team problem-solving. Excellent research, writing, client counseling, client advocacy, and mediation skills; the ability to lead others to take appropriate action. Effective team member yet able to handle projects independently; aptitude for building positive working relationships at all levels. Ability to juggle shifting priorities and multiple projects and to perform effectively and collegially under pressure; excellent follow-through. Ability to be tactful and to demonstrate the highest ethical standards while addressing highly-sensitive or confidential matters.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
Internal Number: 140441
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