The Office of the General Counsel at Northeastern University seeks a full-time attorney to provide support for the university and its California campuses in numerous and varied legal matters. Subject-matter responsibilities will be broad and general in nature and may depend on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. Areas in which the successful candidate is expected to practice include faculty affairs, student affairs and student experience, employment, labor, student discipline, academic appeals, Title IX, business and regulatory matters. Additional areas may include law research, gifts/donations, and policy design and implementation, The attorney will perform activities related to all aspects of litigation in state and federal court as well as administrative agencies. The attorney will work closely with and accept direction from the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel and will successfully collaborate with the Assistant General Counsel located at the Oakland campus.
The successful candidate will have 5 or more years of progressively sophisticated experience and responsibility in all facets of general litigation, employment, student affairs, non-profit law, higher education, and/or aligned areas of law.
A J.D. degree from an accredited law school.
Admission to practice law in California and a member of the Bar in good standing. Admission to practice law in other west coast states is a plus.
At least 5 or more years of progressively sophisticated experience in litigation in a law firm and/or in-house.
Prior in-house experience, particularly in higher education, non-profit or governmental institutions is preferred.
Civil and criminal trial experience
Experience conducting and responding to written discovery requests and drafting legal pleadings including summary judgement and other motions.
Experience taking and defending depositions.
Deep knowledge of and familiarity with the rules of civil procedure of the State of California and the Federal Rules of Civil procedure.
Experience in legal research, writing, analysis and reasoning.
Experience conducting and directing internal investigations of alleged discrimination, harassment, retaliations, and other civil rights-related claims.
A creative problem solver with excellent judgment.
Adaptable and flexible personality with the confidence and energy to handle multiple projects with competing priorities.
Ability to interact effectively and persuasively with clients and senior leaders at all levels of the University.
A positive and strong work ethic and the ability to successfully handle a heavy, complex, and varied workload.
Impeccable oral and written communication skills.
The ability to identify and resolve complicated and sensitive issues creatively and with professional discretion.
Excellent legal and business acumen and judgment.
The ability to function successfully in a deadline driven, fast-paced academic, business and research environment.
Ability to work independently and with a professional and entrepreneurial attitude.
Strong organizational skills that reflect the ability to perform and prioritize a high volume of multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to context, substance, and detail while meeting goals and strict deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to communicate complex concepts in a simple, compelling, concise, and creative way.
Skillful negotiation in tough situations with both internal and external groups.
Hands-on, energetic, and motivated.
A team player who leads by exemplifying shared organizational values.
Collegiality and a willingness to support colleagues.
Provide excellent legal advice and offer proactive and creative solutions to resolve legal, procedural, or administrative issues in compliance with all applicable legal standards across broad practice areas, including student affairs, faculty affairs, employment, labor, business affairs, contracts, and policy. Perform activities related to litigation in state and federal court as well as administrative agencies, including drafting pleadings, motions, discovery requests and responses, and legal briefs, and representing the university at depositions, hearings, and trials. Supervise the work of outside counsel.
Conduct legal research and provide analysis, written and oral advice, and education and training as needed to keep the university and the members of the university community apprised of legal developments and current on laws and regulations affecting assigned areas.
Negotiate, draft, administer, advise on and interpret a broad variety of contracts, including licensing agreements, leases, and other legal instruments memorializing the diverse activities of a large dynamic academic organization, including review of catalogues, addenda, and handbooks. Draft, advance, and advise on policy and policy interpretation.
Participate on university and/or campus committees or working groups that support and advance the mission, goals and aspirations of the university. Provide relevant training and education.
The expected hiring range for this position is USD $170,280 to USD $221,365, based upon the position's scope and responsibilities.
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Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.
Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/ for more information.
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.