The Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel is the chief legal officer of the University and oversees the Office of Legal Affairs and the provision of all legal services to the University. Given today's higher education environment, the General Counsel will encounter a large and complex set of issues that can include governance, employment law, financial matters, campus safety, crisis management, freedom of expression/1st Amendment, real estate, technology and cyber-security, athletics, contracting, federal and regional higher education regulation and compliance, state and local law, faculty and academic freedom, immigration law as it applies to permanent and visiting faculty and foreign students, enterprise risk management, intellectual property, estate planning and gifts, and general corporate law, especially with respect to nonprofit corporations. The General Counsel has general charge of all legal matters pertaining to the University and its governing board; attends meetings of the board and its committees; is responsible for the representation of the University in all legal proceedings; and advises the board, its committees and officers, the President of the University, and other officers on legal questions as may be required.
The Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) includes, in addition to the General Counsel, three attorneys, a paralegal professional, an athletic compliance officer, and two administrative assistants. The General Counsel is responsible for the development and deployment of these experienced and dedicated professionals to deliver exceptional legal services to the University community in a timely manner. The General Counsel secures and oversees additional legal services for the University from external law firms with expertise in particular areas of the law and will manage the ongoing relationships as needs arise.
Among the issues that the University seeks for the General Counsel to provide particular in-house expertise is around labor and employment. Currently this represents one of the largest areas on which the University expends time and resources. While the General Counsel will be expected to provide sound advice and solutions to a range of topics, the individual should also be ready to effectively engage outside counsel in appropriate instances.
To Apply Oakland University has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search. Please direct all inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications in strict confidence to:
Tim McFeeley, Partner Pam Pezzoli, Partner Oren Griffin, Strategic Advisor Robin Dougherty, Senior Associate Isaacson Miller www.imsearch.com/8018
For further information regarding this position please view the full posting at: https://www.imsearch.com/search-detail/S8-018
Internal Number: 21570
About Oakland University
As a state-supported institution of higher education, Oakland University has a three-fold mission. It offers instructional programs of high quality that lead to degrees at the baccalaureate, master?s and doctoral levels, as well as programs in continuing education; it advances knowledge and promotes the arts through research, scholarship, and creative activity; and it renders significant public service. In all its activities, the university strives to exemplify educational leadership in a diverse and inclusive environment.