Overview

MAJOR DUTIES:

  • Coordinates compliance with the Open Records Act as the Open Records Officer.
  • Identifies and prioritizes the response to various areas of legal risk and establishes a clearly understood framework for legal policies.
  • Receives and investigates inquiries and complaints from system and institutional administrators, including matters related to system policies.
  • Confers with system employees on matters involving legal interpretations and decisions related to institutional activities, policy questions and operating problems.
  • Conducts research on state and federal legislation and administrative and court decisions; investigates legal problems and makes recommendations.
  • Drafts, reviews and approves policies and procedures, regulations, bylaws, and other documents within legal specialty areas.
  • Educates system employees on relevant state and federal laws, policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Prepares, reviews and negotiates agreements for the Board of Regents and for system institutions.
  • Advises senior management on legal issues related to commercial matters.
  • Provides legal counsel and support to system departments and divisions.
  • Assists Secretary to the Board with Board duties.
  • Reviews and analyzes proposed legislation.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
     

 

Required Qualifications:

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Requires J.D. from an ABA accredited law school and currently a member of the Georgia bar, or of another state’s bar and able to become licensed in the state of Georgia within one year from the date of appointment. Candidates are expected to have one (1) to three (3) years of experience actively practicing law.  The successful candidate will be capable of working with many varying constituents, including but not limited to the Board of Regents, the Chancellor and his senior staff, presidents of institutions within the University System of Georgia and their administrations.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Knowledge of board-level governance, functions, relationships and history.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws, rules and regulations impacting higher education.
  • Knowledge of state ethics and government transparency regulations.
  • Skill in written communication to executive and subject matter expert audiences and the news media.
  • Skill in collaborating with multiple constituents.
  • Skill in decision making and problem solving.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to conduct investigations and articulate findings and results of investigations.
  • Ability to respond diplomatically to sensitive and critical issues.
  • Ability to effectively multi-task.

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