The Office of General Counsel provides legal services to Northwestern University and represents the University in a wide range of legal matters and advises on a complex array of issues. The Office is responsible for foreseeing and protecting the University against legal risks.
Northwestern is seeking a transactional lawyer with significant experience in addressing complex issues concerning translational research in higher education. The incumbent will focus on providing advice and counsel primarily regarding research and corporate matters. With respect to the Office of Research, the attorney will be working on corporate partnerships and affiliations as well as technology transfer issues. Specifically, creating and evaluating new ventures as well as working with internal units on industry-sponsored research contracting. He or she will need to understand the technology developed at the University and determine the best organizations/companies outside the University with whom to partner on various matters. These collaborations are often between the University and pharmaceutical and/or medical device companies. Additionally, the incumbent will review, draft, and negotiate contracts for a variety of university departments, and other duties as assigned.
He or she will work closely with officers, administrators, deans, and faculty across the University on a variety of pending legal issues as well as provide strategic guidance to the University. The incumbent must possess the ability to present complex legal issues to University leaders by analyzing issues, offering meaningful direction, and making recommendations regarding the course of action to be taken. The Assistant General Counsel must also be able to take necessary actions to identify, evaluate, and mitigate legal risk exposure, explain and balance risks and rewards of a particular course of action, and provide proactive legal advice when warranted. The incumbent should have good judgment, be personable, and be capable of independently performing a variety of complicated tasks. In depth knowledge of applicable law in one or more areas of responsibility is necessary as well as a willingness to learn new subject areas of law and issue-spot, and the ability to implement newly acquired knowledge with confidence.
Works with the Office of Research on corporate partnerships and relationships with outside entities. Analyzes risk of research programs and technology transfer issues and advises as to the acceptable courses of action.Creates and evaluates new ventures as well as works with internal units on industry-sponsored research contracting.
Manages significant research and corporate transactions. Reviews and negotiates complex contracts, including research agreements and governmentcontracts as well as agreements with pharmaceutical and/or medical device companies.
Draft and review other University agreements including goods and services contracts, personal service contracts, real estate agreements, lease, land useagreements, affiliation agreements, and academic agreements.
Responsible for reviewing and drafting contracts for a variety of departments.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Juris Doctorate (JD) degree and admitted or immediately admissible to the Illinois bar and must be able to work collegially in a fast-paced environment.
Minimum of five (5) years' legal experience in one or more of the specified substantive areas either in a college/university environment, in-house, and/or with a law firm
Proficient in the use of basic Microsoft office software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook) Be fully accountable and able to exercise sound judgment.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Ability to proactively identify and analyze legal issues as well as develop creative, relevant legal advice and solutions.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Achievement/Action Oriented - willing or likely to take practical action to deal with a problem or situation. They should also possess a record of achievement and increasing responsibility with the ability to work independently on multiple tasks.
Communication- Communicates strategically to achieve specific objectives (e.g., considers optimal "messaging" and timing of communication). Uses varied vehicles and opportunities to promote dialogue and develop shared understanding and consensus. Maintains continuous, open and consistent with others. Checks own understanding through paraphrasing and asking questions. Critical and Analytical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Ability to review and dissect information and can apply basic compensation analytic concepts and calculations.
Judgment and Decision Making- Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Problem Sensitivity- The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
Technology-Possess working knowledge of the use of technology to streamline processes with a specific emphasis on the Microsoft Office suite of products.
Law and Government - advanced knowledge of laws and the regulatoryenvironment
Transactional experience working on mergers and acquisitions in complex situations for a variety of clients
Experience with other research institutions and/or instituting corporate, research partnerships in the industry setting
Experience working on Higher Education legal corporate matters
Experience with real estate issues and/or intellectual property and technology transfer issues
Experience with government contracts and/or grants
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 33575
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.