General Counsel - Utah Valley University in Orem Utah

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Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The General Counsel is the chief legal officer of the University and provides proactive professional counsel and advice on critical strategic, legal and public policy issues. The General Counsel provides, manages, and coordinates the legal services for the University in areas relevant to the University including but not limited to: academic and corporate governance, personnel and employment issues, benefits, student affairs, academic affairs, non-discrimination, conflicts of interest, gifts and development, immigration issues, contracts, tax and payroll matters, insurance and risk management, construction, purchasing, real estate, environmental issues, compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations, copyright and other intellectual property matters, information technology, University policy, and athletics.

The General Counsel is a member of President’s Council of the University. The General Counsel works closely with, and provides legal advice and support to the Board of Trustees, the President, the senior administrative officers, other administrators of the University, University Compliance and Ethics offices. The General Counsel reports on a day-to-day basis to the Vice President of Finance and Administration, and quarterly to the President of UVU.

General Counsel would advise senior administrators on matters of significance but would not have the authority to negotiate and bind the University on substantial matters – not sign contracts, nor should General Counsel have authority to commit UVU to matters of significant financial impact.

Minimum Qualifications

A Juris Doctorate from ABA-accredited law school plus five (5) years of substantial and progressively responsible legal experience practicing law. Must be licensed to practice law in Utah.

Preferred Qualifications

A Juris Doctorate from ABA-accredited law school is required.

The successful candidate must be licensed to practice in Utah, or if licensed in another state, must be able to obtain admission to practice in Utah within one year of hire, and must be a member in good standing with the Utah State Bar.

A minimum of five (5) years of substantial and progressively responsible legal experience practicing law is required. Such experience shall include the provision of sophisticated legal advice and counsel reflecting sound judgment, first rate legal acumen, and substantive in-depth legal advice.

Excellent analytical, oral and written communication and problem solving skills are required.

Experience providing professional legal counsel and advice to, or representation of, an institution of higher education is preferred.


The higher education environment requires flexibility, creativity, judgment, integrity and foresight in dealing with a broad array of legal matters. General Counsel should possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities in order to fulfill the requirements of the job successfully.

Advanced knowledge and demonstrated understanding of employment law, higher education law, and contract law.

Knowledge of the procedural and evidentiary requirements of administrative hearings and litigation.

Knowledge of the principles and practices of legal research.

Demonstrated understanding of ethical issues in a University setting.


Judgment, tact and diplomacy to provide legal counsel and advice assisting senior administrators to achieve their strategic goals and objectives.

Outstanding interpersonal skills to interact effectively and develop and maintain productive working relationships with an array of individuals, departments, programs, diverse interests, and constituencies.

Outstanding verbal and presentation skills, including the ability to communicate clearly, logically, and persuasively during interactions. Outstanding communication skills, including active listening skills.

Exceptional ability to draft accurate, complete and persuasive legal documents and contract documents.

Intellectual and conceptual flexibility to analyze, interpret, present and write about complex problems, issues and concepts in a clear, concise fashion.

Strong computer fluency skills including the ability to conduct legal and other research.

Excellent negotiating skills.

Possess high integrity as demonstrated by having the ability to make and communicate hard decisions and opinions, as well as being able to articulate the reasoning of such decisions and opinions.


Commitment to learning the extensive policies and procedures of the University and demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the institution.

Ability to facilitate solutions and gain compromises without damaging relationships.

Ability to lead by influence and consensus.

Ability to represent institutional concerns persuasively to internal and external parties.

Demonstrated ability to act as a team player in all circumstances, as defined by contributing to the successful outcome of goals and initiatives of other and the operation of the University.

Ability to rapidly prioritize, and timely complete, pending projects and issues.

Proven ability to maintain confidentiality with regard to sensitive issues and information and exercise discretion in dealing with sensitive or potentially sensitive topics.

First rate Legal acumen.

A keen sense of humor, would not hurt.

Pay Range

$109,592 - $115,360 annually

Special Instructions to Applicants

For more information on Utah Valley University, please visit the campus web site at Questions regarding the requirements of the position or the process associated with the recruitment should be directed to Vice President Val Peterson.

Utah Valley University is an equal opportunity employer.

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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