The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice to and administers the legal affairs of the Board of Regents and the University of Alaska system, including its major administrative units in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau, and various community campuses statewide. The Associate General Counsel is a senior administrator reporting to the General Counsel who reports to the President and Board of Regents of the University of Alaska. The University of Alaska General Counsel's office offers a challenging environment and a unique opportunity to play a strategic role in the life of an institution serving the needs of the people of Alaska.
The primary function of associate general counsel, under the supervision of the general counsel, is to provide legal advice and representation to the University of Alaska through administrators acting in their organizational capacity on behalf of the university. An Associate General Counsel provides effective legal advice, representation, and training in a complex operational context. Subject areas are numerous and varied, and include constitutional law, particularly speech and due process, accreditation, employment, benefits, student issues (including discipline, privacy and welfare), utilities, facilities, procurement, real and intellectual property, construction, finance, insurance, tort liability, privacy of information systems, electronic discovery, export controls, immigration, labor relations, contracts, grants, personal injury and increasingly complex compliance issues, particularly Title IX. Specific duties may include legal research, review of and drafting for transactional matters, interpretation and development of policy, drafting of legal documents as well as documents in support of administrative functions, managing litigation, leading or participating in negotiations, establishing and maintaining effective communication and working relationships, providing effective and ethical leadership that ensures legal compliance, appearances in judicial and administrative fora, and other work as assigned by the General Counsel or president.
The University of Alaska General Counsel's office offers a challenging environment and a unique opportunity to play a strategic role in the life of an institution serving the needs of the people of Alaska. University attorneys work in an environment that is constantly changing, in part, because of the variety of legal issues involved (e.g., employment, collective bargaining, constitutional issues, contractual, criminal, environmental, finance, immigration, intellectual property, labor, litigation, and a unique regulatory environment) and the opportunity to work with creative and knowledgeable clients.
Salary range: $133,000 - $138,000 per year
Requirements: A J.D. or LL.B from an accredited law school and a minimum of three and preferably five years’ relevant experience as a practicing attorney or law clerk; admission to the practice of law in Alaska, or eligibility for admission via reciprocity. Required skills include the ability to: analyze complex legal problems and apply legal principles, facts and precedents to a broad range of issues; effectively conduct complex legal research; present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; draft rules, regulations and proposed legislation; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; plan, organize and coordinate with the work of others; effectively represent the University of Alaska in various legal forums including administrative agencies, courts, and negotiations; ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships, including with client representatives, colleagues, and outside counsel; quickly gain a working knowledge of federal and state regulatory schemes, policies, programs, procedures and problems unique to the academic community and particularly to public higher education.
Preferred: Demonstrated record of achievement in complex legal undertakings and positions requiring a high level of legal skill, judgment, interpersonal relations and planning as well as demonstrated interest in living in a sub-Arctic environment.
Successful applicants must be eligible for employment in the United States, be willing to live and work in Fairbanks.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to analyze complex legal problems and apply legal principles, facts and precedents to a broad range of issues; ability to effectively conduct complex legal research; ability to present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; ability to draft contracts, transactional documents, rules, regulations and proposed legislation; ability to analyze situations accurately and take effective action; ability to plan, organize and coordinate with the work of others; ability to analyze trends in legal interpretations; ability to effectively represent the University of Alaska in various legal forums including court and negotiations; ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships, including with client representatives and colleagues; ability to quickly gain a working knowledge of the policies, programs, procedures and problems unique to the academic community and particularly to public higher education. Ability to understand and address legal issues confronting higher education and higher education administration which may include legislative processes; law enforcement; intellectual property law; real property law; construction industry practices; contract law; public procurement law and practices; federal regulations, employment law including public sector collective bargaining; tort law and risk management; state and Federal rules of civil procedure; and constitutional law. Ability to maintain a full professional level of skill as an attorney and advocate.
A minimum of three and preferably five years’ relevant experience as a practicing attorney or law clerk.
Required Education or Training:
A J.D. or LL.B from an accredited law school. Admission to the practice of law in Alaska, or eligibility for admission via reciprocity and successful admission in the immediate future.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, professional writing sample, and three (3) professional references. To ensure consideration for this position, please apply by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 22nd, 2020. The first application review will occur on November 23rd, 2020.
This position is designated as an officer of the university or senior administrator at the discretion of the president.
Reasonable Accommodation Statement:
The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.
Public Disclosure Statement:
Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.
University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.
It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.
If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.
Internal Number: 515974
About University Of Alaska Fairbanks
The University of Alaska is a land-, sea- and space-grant system of higher education established in 1917.
The UA system’s three universities (UAA, UAF and UAS) are separately accredited institutions with 13 community campuses and extended learning centers across the state of Alaska. All three universities deliver extensive e-Learning instruction anywhere students are located.
System-wide, more than 26,600 full- and part-time students are enrolled, studying among 500 unique degree, certificate or endorsement programs. Study areas include short-course workforce training, associate degrees, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as doctorates.