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GENERAL COUNSEL

Company: Central Michigan University
Location: Mount Pleasant
Posted on: August 23, 2020

Job Description:

Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions you should review before applying for the opening. To apply for the position, please click the Apply for this Job link/button. If you would like to bookmark this position for later review, click on the Bookmark this Job link. If you would like to print a copy of this position for your records, click on the Print Preview link. If you need to finish applying, click on the Continue this Job Application button. Please see Special Instructions for more details. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. For best consideration, please submit application materials as soon as possible. DHR International is assisting Central Michigan University in this search. Initial screening of the applications and nominations will continue until an appointment is made. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a brief letter of nomination including contact information for the nominee. Application materials should include a letter addressing how your experiences match the position requirements, curriculum vitae or resume and five references. Submission of documents as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. Inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to DHR International via the email below: Additional contact information for the DHR search team is included below as well. John Larson Associate DHR International 71 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 2700 Chicago, IL 60606 T: Position Information Position Number 34110 Type of Recruitment External Position Title GENERAL COUNSEL Position Summary The General Counsel serves as the chief legal officer to the university and leads the Office of General Counsel, which coordinates and provides all legal services to the university. The General Counsel provides, oversees and manages all legal advice and representation to the institution to ensure maximum protection of its legal rights and to maintain its operations within the limits prescribed by law. Provides strategic consultation and support to the university president and the Board of Trustees, and to senior administrators and others on a comprehensive range of complex legal issues, policies and procedures. As a member of the President's Cabinet and executive leadership team, General Counsel serves as an institutional leader and provides insight on a wide range of issues. Required Qualifications Juris Doctor from an accredited law school. Licensed to practice law in Michigan or admissible in Michigan within six months of hire. Ten years of experience practicing law in the United States. Five years of experience representing or providing legal services to, or within, a complex organization. Ability to provide competent legal advice and counsel to senior university officials on a wide range of legal and policy issues. Knowledge of the range of applicable laws and regulations which impact on all facets of university policy and operations. Ability to analyze and interpret issues and to prepare legal opinions. Demonstrated ability to successfully manage a legal office, including budget, fiscal and personnel management, and to foster a cooperative work environment. Track record of excellent business and legal judgment. Strong attention to detail and organizational skills. Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating legal documents. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with Trustees, administrators, employees, students, and outside parties. Preferred Qualifications Experience as an in-house attorney for, or providing services to, a public university, providing legal services in multiple areas and/or representing university as a primary client. Experience in two or more specialty areas of law (e.g. constitutional autonomy; governmental immunity; first amendment law; civil rights law; research related legal issues; healthcare law; construction law; real estate law; athletics; charitable gifts.) Familiarity with college/university operations. Duties & Responsibilities Provides legal counsel and guidance to the Board of Trustees, president, and administration on all legal matters relevant to a modern, public research institution. Responsible for the delivery of all legal services to the university; determines matters to handle personally, matters to delegate to staff, and matters to delegate to outside counsel. Researches, reviews, interprets and prepares advice, assistance, and legal opinions (written and oral) to the president, Board of Trustees and other senior managers of the university. Drafts, or reviews drafts, of institutional policies, rules and practices. Reviews contracts, leases, and other legal documents; researches legal issues and recommends revisions as necessary. Advises university officials regarding legal issues affecting current and emerging business and policy decisions at the institution in order to develop legal strategies and solutions. Manages all litigation and administrative agency proceedings in which the university is involved, except workers' compensation. Determines when to engage external counsel, selects that counsel, negotiates the terms of the engagement and supervises the representation. Establishes and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the goals and objectives of the office of General Counsel; oversees recruitment, training, supervision and evaluation of employees. Supervises the work of other attorneys, staff, and outside counsel. Develops and manages operational budget for the department. Advances the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion. A list of the areas of legal services overseen by the General Counsel is available in a separate document entitled Office of General Counsel: Office Responsibilities and Role. Supervision Exercised Supervisors are expected to support the Leadership Standards of Central Michigan University and foster a culture that inspires excellence. The Leadership Standards define how we lead and treat others in our teams. As leaders, it is our responsibility to seek input from our teams to continuously improve leadership abilities and demonstration of the standards. Additionally, it is our responsibility to encourage and support the growth and development of those whom we lead. At CMU , we encourage employees to grow both personally and professionally, and thus advance CMU's culture of excellence. Message to Applicants Applications and nominations are now being accepted. For best consideration, please submit application materials as soon as possible. DHR International is assisting Central Michigan University in this search. Initial screening of the applications and nominations will continue until an appointment is made. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a brief letter of nomination including contact information for the nominee. Application materials should include a letter addressing how your experiences match the position requirements, curriculum vitae or resume and five references. Submission of documents as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. Inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to DHR International via the email below: CMU Additional contact information for the DHR search team is included below as well. John Larson Associate DHR International 71 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 2700 Chicago, IL 60606 T: Employee Group Senior Officer Staff Pay Level Pay Range Division President Department General Counsel Position Status Regular Position End Date Employment Status Full-Time FTE 1.0 Position Type 12 month Weekly Work Schedule Typically Mon-Fri (8-5); weekends and evenings as necessary At Will? Yes Location Mount Pleasant, MI About CMU About the Department Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives. We serve nearly 19,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master's, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence. CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more. Central is home to 18 men's and women's Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17. CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It's part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state's largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant. Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions - Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more - are within easy reach of the city's central location in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms. EEO Statement CMU , an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate against persons based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, sex-based stereotypes, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or weight (see ). If you wish to see 'EEO is the Law' posters, please click here . Posting Begins 06/02/2020 Posting Ends Open Until Filled Yes Supplemental Questions Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Optional & Required Documents Required DocumentsOptional Documents Staff postings - Human Resources - Contact HR - (989)774-3753 - 109 Rowe Faculty postings - Faculty Personnel Services - Contact FPS - (989)774-7802 - 308 Warriner All data submitted via this site is secure and encrypted using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. SSL protects information as it crosses the Internet.

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