Job no: 496518 Position type: full-time Location: Lewisburg, PA Categories: General Counsel
Reporting directly to the General Counsel for Bucknell University, the Assistant General Counsel will work primarily as a transactional attorney in the areas of business, finance, real estate, procurement, entrepreneurship, and contracts. Other areas of focus will include gifts and estates, tax, and coordination of employer-based immigration with retained outside counsel. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience analyzing complex issues and offering appropriate legal guidance; exercising excellent judgment; and handling multiple matters simultaneously while working independently to achieve the objectives of the University. As a one member of the two-attorney office, the Assistant General Counsel will assist in the delivery of timely and comprehensive legal advice and counsel to the University, primarily to its Board of Trustees, President, and senior administration, and also to University faculty and staff. As a small office with a general practice, the Assistant General Counsel may also be asked to provide advice and counsel on the wide range of issues related to higher education.
Job Duties: Responsibilities: The Assistant General Counsel will be expected to: • Draft, review, and offer advice regarding University contracts in areas including but not limited to, procurement, personal services, real estate, licensing, corporate partnerships, and grants. • Interpret local, state, and federal laws and regulations as they apply to University activities, especially on transactional matters. • Advise and aid in the development of University policy related to transactional, business, and immigration matters. • Develop and provide training on legal and compliance issues related to transactions and entrepreneurial activity in the University. • Support and contribute to the University's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Skills: The successful candidate must possess: • The ability to approach issues with comprehensive and analytical judgment with a focus on logical problem solving and on meeting the needs and objectives of the University, especially as set forth in the University Strategic Plan. • The capacity to work in a highly professional and collegial manner within the complex environment of shared governance. • The ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously under pressure, and with multiple distractions, while still meeting expectations to exercise sound judgment. • High initiative and creativity and the ability to work independently. • The ability to exercise confidentiality and discretion and to practice high ethical standards that reflect honesty, integrity and reliability. • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Minimum Qualifications: Law degree and a minimum of five years of experience either in house or at a law firm. Must be a member of the Pennsylvania Bar or eligible for admission on motion within six months of employment. Must be able to demonstrate significant experience advising, drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts and other complex transactions.
Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to individuals with experience representing institutions of higher education or other complex organizations.
Work Type: full-time
Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell's 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.
Bucknell's beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.
Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.
The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University's main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell's surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.
Advertised: 29 Jan 2020 Eastern Standard Time Applications close:
Internal Number: 117658091
About Bucknell University
Bucknell University is a private, highly ranked, national liberal arts institution that offers strong professional programs in engineering, business, education, and music. Located in Central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, Bucknell is nestled in the Borough of Lewisburg, an appealing Victorian-style town ranked as one of America's best small towns. Lewisburg and the surrounding region offer a unique combination of outdoor recreation opportunities, small-town charm, and amenities such as restaurants, art galleries, an art deco theater, museums, and boutiques. In addition to the many cultural and athletic events offered by the University and the Borough, the surrounding region offers outstanding schools, medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. For those who crave the city, Bucknell is within an easy three-hour drive to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Bucknell University, an Equal Opportunity Employer, believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Thus, we seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell's efforts... to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body. We welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.