Job Posting Title:

Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs


Hiring Department:

Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



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Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue





Job Description:

An Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs provides legal advice on a variety of matters related to the university as a senior member of the Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.


Job Details:

The Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs provides legal advice on a variety of matters related to the university as a senior member of the Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

General Notes

Evening and weekend work may be required. The Associate Vice President is expected to process his/her considerable workload in an excellent and timely manner, which often requires efforts outside of a 40 hour workweek.


  • The Associate Vice President assists the Vice President in providing legal representation to the University in all legal matters, including interpreting laws, regulations and rules, and in conducting investigations and directing litigation.
  • Responsible for providing legal representation, advice, counsel, and opinions in all areas of law affecting the University including constitutional issues, student affairs, faculty affairs, academic programs, medical and clinic care, intercollegiate athletics, research compliance, intellectual property, contracts, regulatory compliance, privacy law, real estate, and open records.
  • Act as University liaison with UT System Office of General Counsel and the Texas Office of the Attorney General in the defense of claims. Consult and collaborate with counsel at other universities and counsel for other state agencies to provide consistency in the interpretation, development, and application of policy.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of legal issues of importance to the University through participation in continuing legal education and membership in appropriate bar and professional associations and higher education associations.

Required Qualifications

  • Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and admission to the Texas Bar. At least ten years of experience in the practice of law with significant experience in higher education or in a Texas governmental setting. Record of exercising excellent judgment, legal research skills, analytical problem-solving abilities, and collaboration. Ability to translate complex legal issues for a lay audience. Demonstrated research, writing, and oral skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Litigation experience in state and federal courts in areas related to state government and higher education issues, especially concerning state and federal constitutional law. Experience working with the Texas Office of the Attorney General.

Salary Range

  • Open

Working Conditions

  • Standard office conditions. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation. Some travel.

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of interest
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume in the first step of the online job application process. Then, any additional Required Materials will be uploaded in the My Experience section; you can multi-select the additional files or click the Upload button for each file. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractors legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The universitys company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:



Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2019 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.

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