Delaware State University
Vacancy Announcement – Assistant General Counsel
Office of the General Counsel and Enterprise Risk Management
Apply online at www.desu.edu
Applications will be accepted until position is filled
Under the direct supervision of the General Counsel of Delaware State University, the Assistant General Counsel is responsible for providing a high level of professional legal service by representing and advising the Board of Trustees and Delaware State University on a broad range of legal matters. Although this position will concentrate primarily on contracting, the Assistant General Counsel is further responsible for coordinating and assisting in the management of all of DSUs legal affairs, including various federal and state employment issues, education and administrative law matters, intellectual property issues, non-profit requirements and serving as liaison with DSUs outside legal counsel and Board of Trustees.
The following are the functions essential to performing this job:
1. Monitor and assists in the management of DSU legal affairs with the assistance of outside counsel as necessary;
2. Monitor progress of work being done by outside counsel, including review of bills
3. Communicate legal issues with internal staff and outside counsel;
4. Interact regularly with senior-level administration and with state and federal regulatory offices;
5. Perform legal and factual research as required;
6. Address academic personnel issues such as immigration, promotion, tenure, peer review, termination, grievance, salary, and benefit issues, as required;
7. Address matters involving employees (as well as students) as required, including discrimination, civil rights, harassment, workers compensation, affirmative action, discipline, conflict of interest and FERPA issues;
8. Drafting and review of all legal documents governing any aspect of DSU litigation, including, but not limited to, arguments, motions, interrogatories and responsive pleadings, briefs, agreements and contracts;
9. Drafting DSU policies and procedures as required;
10. Negotiate, draft and manage licensee and development agreements and contracts;
11. Attend administrative hearings as necessary;
12. Monitor deadlines to ensure University compliance;
13. Investigate employment-related claims;
14. Maintain communication with Office of Human Resources;
15. Prepare and respond to various correspondence and subpoenas; and
16. Perform other duties as assigned.
Individuals in this job may be assigned one or more of the following tasks on a rotating or as-needed basis.
1. Attend court hearings;
2. Attend depositions;
3. Attend Departmental meetings;
4. Attend Board of Trustees meetings;
5. Attend State legislative proceedings as necessary; and
6. Travel between DSU campuses, for research, hearings, depositions, etc., as required.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The individual in this job must possess the following skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
1. High ethical standards;
2. Effective verbal and written communication skills;
3. Strong legal research abilities;
4. Strong analytical, advocacy and program solving skills;
5. Ability to work in a diverse and complex University environment across three campuses;
6. Ability to work effectively with a diverse public and staff;
7. Team oriented; and
8. Familiarity with the Federal court system, State of Delaware court and legislative systems.
1. Education: Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school;
2. Admission to practice law in Delaware; and
3. Three (3) to five (5) years experience practicing law and a record of accomplishments.
Note: The University reserves the right to change or reassign job duties as provided in policy and negotiated agreements.
Delaware State University is an equal opportunity, Title IX Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age or disability.