The position is part of the Office of the General Counsel, which represents The University of Tennessee System, a statewide system of public higher education. The Deputy General Counsel (Deputy GC) interacts with all levels of the University’s administration, principally in an advice and counsel capacity, including without limitation matters relating to faculty and staff, students, athletics, compliance, litigation, and other matters of substantial magnitude related to crucial University activities. The Office of the General Counsel defends The University of Tennessee and its employees in all phases of employment and other civil litigation (including discovery, motions, trial, and appeal) and represents the University in administrative proceedings involving allegations of student or employee misconduct. The Deputy GC is responsible for making strategic litigation decisions relating to those matters that may impact all levels of the University. Within the Office of General Counsel, this position serves in a management and supervisory role with regard to other lawyers handling litigation matters, including making recommendations to the General Counsel with regard to the settlement of litigation matters. The Deputy GC also serves as the primary liaison with the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. The position is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, but responsibilities involve service to all campuses and institutes in the University system.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Minimum Qualifications: J.D. from an accredited law school; Tennessee license or eligible for Tennessee license; ten (10) or more years of civil practice experience in a law firm or in a corporate, higher education, or government legal office; record of outstanding achievements as a practicing attorney; excellent academic record; exceptional analytical, problem-solving, diplomatic, and oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to manage multiple, demanding tasks; demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and work independently in a highly collegial and high-performing environment; highly versatile set of legal skills; pragmatic and objective business acumen and ability to recognize the broader consequences of legal advice; ability to perceive and explain to non-lawyers the practical application of law and policy in complex situations; high degree of personal integrity, sound judgment, and a commitment to accountability; initiative and intellectual curiosity.
Preferred Qualifications: Employment law experience; higher education experience; or strong civil litigation experience, ideally with trial and appellate experience.
All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.
Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.
In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.
Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.
Internal Number: 1800000126
About The University of Tennessee
The University of Tennessee is the state’s land-grant, higher education institution and preeminent public university. It is comprised of campuses at Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Martin; the Health Science Center at Memphis; the Space Institute at Tullahoma; and the statewide Institute of Agriculture and Institute for Public Service.
The UT System has a presence in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Through the combined force of education, research, and outreach, the University serves students, business and industry, schools, governments, organizations and citizens statewide.