Assistant Attorney General – Education

The Office of the Attorney General, Education Division, is seeking an attorney to perform legal services for Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. This attorney will work with Assistant Attorneys General who provide representation to Utah’s public institutions of higher education, as well as Utah Valley University¬Ěs Office of General Counsel.

Legal work for institutions of higher education is extremely diverse in subject matter and often time sensitive. However, this position will primarily address a wide range of employment matters and therefore employment law experience is preferred and experience handling employment matters for a higher education institution is a plus. The successful candidate should have excellent written and oral advocacy skills, first-rate legal acumen, the ability to communicate information and ideas accurately, clearly and concisely, and excellent interpersonal skills.

A minimum of three years legal experience is required with significant knowledge and experience in labor law/employment litigation and general employment law advice and counseling. Membership in the Utah State Bar and qualification for admission to the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah are required. The position is a career service position upon successful completion of a one-year probationary period and the salary is commensurate with experience.

  • Under the coordinating authority of the UVU General Counsel, provide written and oral legal services to Utah Valley University, including its various departments and associated entities, on a wide range of issues related to institutions of higher education, which could include, but is not limited to employee and student issues, contracts and procurement, state/federal law compliance, university policy and associated litigation.
  • Litigate matters, both independently and in association with other Assistant Attorneys General.
  • Advise with regard to, conduct and/or represent Utah Valley University at formal and informal hearings and/or trials, as well as with regard to grievances, negotiations, and/or other matters.
  • Conduct legal research and gather evidence.
  • Receive, research, and respond to incoming legal inquiries and complaints; provide information, explain policy and procedures, and/or facilitate resolutions.
  • Conduct legal review of, and often assist in authoring, policies considered for adoption by Utah Valley University.
  • Attend regular meetings upon request and/or as necessary.
  • Provide legal review, analysis and counsel on a wide range of issues to minimize risks typically associated with institutions of higher education.

Provide other legal services as requested by Utah State University.(Includes knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into position and trainable after entry into position)

  • Ability to communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing
  • Knowledgeable access to, understanding, interpretation and application of case and statutory laws, rules, regulations, policies and/or procedures
  • Speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally
  • Possess and maintain a working knowledge of pertinent legal processes and procedures
  • Ability to evaluate information against a set of standards
  • Use logic to analyze or identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts associated with information or data to draw conclusions regarding laws, legal codes, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, the democratic political process, and legislative history
  • Perform legal research using case law and appropriate techniques
  • Familiarity with laws governing access to public and private records (Government Records Access and Management Act)
  • Skilled decision making and problem solving by using logic to identify key facts, explore alternatives, and propose quality solutions
  • Address client matters and client representatives in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact, and professionalism
  • Provide consultation and/or expert advice or testimony
  • Working knowledge of rules of evidence and civil and/or criminal procedure
  • Ability to interpret and apply legal decisions and identify current and emerging trends in interpretation
  • Skilled in the principles, theories, and practices of judicial or administrative law
  • A Juris Doctorate is required.
  • This position will be located on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.
  • Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
  • Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.
  • A conditional offer of employment will be made pending a satisfactory completion of a background investigation.
  • Where statute mandates, active membership in the Utah State Bar.
  • Must be able to travel as required.
  • Valid driver license required to drive a motor vehicle on a highway in this state per UCA 53-3-202(1)(a).

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