University Counsel

Staff Application - please complete and email with supporting documents
School/Department: President's Office
Primary Location: Macon
Position: Staff
Job Type: Full Time
Position Close Date: 01-17-2019
Description:

JOB SUMMARY: This executive position reporting to the President serves as in-house legal counsel to Middle Georgia State University and provides assistance to the President on projects as assigned. The position is assigned within the Office of the President.

MAJOR DUTIES:

• Provides legal assistance to the institution, liaising with the Office of Legal Affairs at the University System of Georgia (USG) as needed, including review of institutional agreements, any litigation brought against the institution, development of policies and procedures, and guidance on state and federal laws relevant to grievances brought by students, faculty, staff, and/or members of the public.

• Manages open records requests and serves as the institution’s Records Management Officer.

• Chairs the university’s Compliance Commission, Intellectual Property Committee, and various other working groups related to compliance and policy development.

• Serves on the Ethics Hotline Triage Committee and Clery Coordinating Committee.

• Coordinates with Human Resources, Risk Management, University Police, Student Affairs and Academic Affairs on compliance.

• Develops and delivers training to faculty, staff, and students related to policies and legal or regulatory requirements for the institution.

• Researches nationwide higher education best practices, including those identified by the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and the USG, and makes recommendations to Cabinet members on reduction of legal risk through potential improvements to programs and operations.

• Supports ethics awareness initiatives.

• Performs related duties as assigned by the President.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION:

• Knowledge of higher education laws and regulations, general processes, procedures, and internal and external constituencies.

• Knowledge of the legal environment in the state of Georgia.

• Knowledge of motivational factors affecting individual and group behavior.

• Knowledge of program development, design, implementation and assessment.

• Skill in interacting with interdisciplinary teams for the purpose of needs assessment, program development, and program implementation.

• Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.

• Skill in identifying and resolving problems.

• Skill in decision making and problem solving.

• Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public.

• Skill in oral and written communication.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: The President assigns work in terms of institutional goals and objectives. Evaluation is based on results, work product, and progress made on initiatives.

GUIDELINES: Guidelines include the Board of Regents policy manual; the Americans with Disability Act, the Clery Act, Campus SaVE, Title IX, the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges policies and procedures; and university policies and procedures. These guidelines require judgment, selection and interpretation in application. This position develops program guidelines and institutional policy.

COMPLEXITY/SCOPE OF WORK:

• The work consists of varied program management duties. The need to work with diverse constituencies contributes to the complexity of the position.

• The purpose of this position is to provide legal guidance to the university and assistance to the President.

• Success in this position contributes to improved efficiency, compliance, and collaboration across the university community.

CONTACTS:

• Contacts are typically with USG legal affairs colleagues, Attorney General’s office, university administrators, faculty and staff, community members, students, and members of the general public, as necessary to resolve legal issues.

• Contacts are typically to provide services; to give or exchange information; to resolve problems; to motivate or influence persons; or to justify, defend or negotiate matters.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ WORK ENVIRONMENT:

• The work is typically performed while intermittently sitting, standing, or walking. The employee frequently lifts light objects.

• The work is typically performed in an office or meeting room.

SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY:

• Supervises and assigns projects to Legal Extern, if/when one engages in placement at MGA.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

• Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a graduate degree, specifically a Juris Doctor.

• Membership in the Georgia Bar.

• Experience sufficient to understand the work assigned usually associated with 5 to 10 years of experience in an executive level position in the public or private sector, including 1 to 2 years of experience in higher education policy or law.

SALARY GRADE: 26

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position posted until filled. For best consideration, please submit application materials by January 17, 2019.

TO APPLY: Application materials should be emailed as a Microsoft Word or Adobe.pdf attachment to: recruitment@mga.edu with the subject line University Counsel_1-04-19. Application materials are to include a resume, an MGA Staff application; a letter of interest which includes salary requirements; and three professional references. Paper application materials will not be accepted

Staff Application - please complete and email with supporting documents

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