FLSA status Exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Salary $135,000+, negotiable
Hours per week 40.00, flexible between 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Hiring department Office of General Counsel
Number of vacancies 1
Required Application Materials A resume, letter of interest, and three references.
Location: Austin, Texas
Established by the Texas Constitution of 1876, The University of Texas System consists of eight academic and five health institutions. The University of Texas System is primarily based in Austin, TX and is responsible for the central management and coordination of the thirteen institutions. Diversity and inclusion are core values for UT System and OGC, which serves the needs of a diverse and growing state. To that end, our review of applications for this position will embrace the principles of the UTS187 (a UT System interviewing policy), the Mansfield Rule (a voluntary diversity initiative for legal employers), and veterans and former foster children employment preferences (state laws), all of which are intended to promote diverse interview pools. We are pleased to offer a variety of benefits to our employees. Please visit Benefits Summary to view information on health insurance, retirement savings plans, paid leave, paid holidays, wellness/gym facility, covered parking and more.
Purpose of Position
In the Office of General Counsel, we help our clients solve problems that affect their diverse educational, research and business missions. Formally, we are a full-service legal department composed of 31 attorneys in three practice groups: Business Law, General Law, and Health Law. In partnership with other campus-based attorneys, we serve all 13 institutions of the UT System.
The selected candidate will report to the Senior Associate General Counsel & Managing Attorney for General Law. Within the legal oversight responsibilities delegated by the Board of Regents to the Vice Chancellor & General Counsel, the candidate will provide legal advice, representation, and counsel on matters as diverse as employment law, constitutional law, tort, insurance, the Texas Public Information Act, NCAA compliance, Title IX and higher education law (including student affairs law).
But no single day is typical for any of our universities, so our commitment is to provide, or when necessary, develop, all the substantive expertise our clients need. For that reason, the ideal candidate will be an individual who thrives in, and can promote, an atmosphere of constant communication with, and problem-solving for, our diverse clients, including UT System officials; academic, business and health leaders at our institutions; and campus-based attorneys.
Provide legal advice, representation, counsel, and training on, among other areas, employment law, constitutional law, tort, insurance, public information, NCAA compliance, Title IX and higher education law (including student affairs law). [50%]
Draft legal opinions, memoranda and other work product. [10%]
Travel out of town and overnight, as required. [20%]
Propose, draft, interpret, and apply relevant UT System policies. [10%]
Review and interpret proposed or new state and federal legislation, regulations, and sub-regulatory guidance. [5%]
Perform other duties as assigned. [5%]
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Translate legal concepts to, and develop solutions with, a variety of clients, including administrators, other professionals, and other relevant stakeholders.
Exhibit excellent oral and written communications, analytical and conflict management skills.
Communicate effectively with clients and team members.
Foster and promote a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Work independently and collaboratively, in person and remotely.
Embody and support OGC’s Service Principles.
Juris Doctor degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
Licensure to practice law in Texas, or full licensure in Texas within 12 months of hire.
At least 7 years’ experience as a licensed, practicing attorney.
Knowledge of legal principles applicable to Texas state government agencies.
Experience representing institutions of higher education, systems of higher education and/or similarly complex and decentralized entities.
May work around standard office conditions.
Repetitive use of a keyboard or workstation
Uses standard office equipment
Requires occasional evening or weekend hours
The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.
Please complete all sections of the application including your address, email, phone number and the questionnaire. You may edit your contact information at any time by updating your profile.
Candidates under final consideration will be required to submit references and college degree information. A criminal background check will be conducted on applicants under final consideration. Reference, education, and criminal background verifications will be completed by third-party vendors.
The University of Texas System Administration is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation. Reasonable disability accommodation, during the application process and otherwise, may be requested by contacting the Office of Talent and Innovation.
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