Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to the
Board of Trustees
The Human Resources Department announces the position of
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees,
reporting to the University President and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
As the chief legal officer of Robert Morris University,
the General Counsel is responsible for interpreting the constitutional,
statutory and regulatory framework in which the University operates.
He/She manages all outside counsel and litigation and coordinates
responses to all agency complaints.
The incumbent provides legal and policy advice in a
variety of areas within the University including, but not limited to: employment
law; labor and employee relations; student legal issues; athletics legal
compliance; workers compensation; tax matters; liability and insurance matters;
intellectual property; real estate transactions; vendor, employment and other
commercial contracts; organizational governance; computer and information
technology issues; copyright issues; civil rights; faculty promotion; and
institutional advancement issues such as fund raising, donor and planned giving
arrangements, trusts and estates.
The incumbent is responsible for developing,
administering and complying with the University wide legal budget.
She/he also works with Human Resources in preparing for and carrying out
labor negotiations with various labor unions.
Assists officers of the institution and other upper management in
carrying out the mission of the institution.
The General Counsel serves on the President's Cabinet.
The General Counsel also serves as Secretary to the Board of Trustees and
provides advice on legal matters and Board governance to the Board Chair, Board
of Trustees, and Executive and Board Committee(s).
The incumbent prepares minutes and corporate resolutions for same.
The General Counsel represents the University as an
entity and no single individual, except as an agent or representative of the
legal counsel and guidance to the officers of the university and other
University personnel on all legal matters relevant to the institution.
Provides legal counsel and guidance to the Office of Student
Life regarding student conduct and student-related legal matters.
Secretary to the RMU Board of Trustees.
Provides advice on legal matters and Board governance to the Board
Chair, Board of Trustees, and Executive and Board Committee(s).
Prepares minutes and corporate resolutions.
Anticipates and identifies legal issues and counsels officers of the
institution and other University personnel in order to develop legal
strategies and solutions, often in situations of great political, public
relations, or financial risk or significance, and with limited time for
and manages the University wide Legal budget and insures internal and
external legal costs do not exceed budget.
researches, interpret and prepare both written and oral opinions on a wide
variety of legal issues.
reviews, and approves, from a legal standpoint, contracts, leases, policies
and procedures, regulations, etc. and researches legal issues as needed.
with preparing for and negotiating collective bargaining agreements, as
Represents or oversees the representation of the institution and upper
management in judicial and administrative proceedings, and in negotiations
with local, state and federal agencies.
and retains outside counsel, if needed, to obtain legal opinions or to
handle claims and litigation; supervises outside counsel and negotiates
financial arrangements for legal representation.
All legal services for the University are provided through the Office
of the General Counsel.
training to the campus community on various legal issues through seminars
professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and
professional affiliations to keep abreast of latest developments in college
and university law and in other related areas.
miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Doctorate from an American Bar Association accredited law school.
PA State Bar.
7 years of experience that is appropriately related to the duties and
Demonstrated ability to successfully manage a university, corporate or
centralized institutional legal office.
to communicate and interact with officials at all levels, internally and
of institutional policies and procedures, regulations and bylaws, and the
legal environment within which the University operates.
to provide competent legal advice and counsel to senior university officials
and the Board of Trustees on a wide range of legal and policy issues.
of the range of applicable laws and regulations which impact on all facets
of university policy and operations including
FERPA, HIPAA, and other federal laws.
to prioritize and handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with
quick turnaround time.
to foster a cooperative and high performing work environment.
to develop and deliver presentations.
to analyze and interpret issues and to prepare legal opinions.
of faculty and/or staff employment policies, procedures, and union
of the judicial system and procedures.
of current and developing legal issues and trends in area of expertise.
of legal documentation procedures and requirements.
to develop and implement legal strategies and solutions.
A staff member is expected to abide by all of the rules and regulations of
the University, the NCAA and the NEC. Staff members found in violation of
NCAA regulations shall be subject to disciplinary or corrective action as
set forth in the provisions of the NCAA enforcement procedures.
Application materials must include a letter of
application and resume that addresses qualificaitons and the names and contact
information for three professional references (including email addresses).
application materials to:
For best consideration, applications should be
received by March 22, 2013.
Internal Application Deadline:
February 26, 2013
Anticipated Starting Date: June 1, 2013
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