Position Summary    

The incumbent will focus on providing advice and counsel relating to employment, litigation, compliance, and other matters primarily related to faculty and staff. The incumbent will also provide legal advice and counsel related to investigations alleging discrimination, harassment or other misconduct.  Other parts of the portfolio may include some work related to the review of contracts, policy development and implementation, and other duties as assigned.  The incumbent should be familiar with the broad range of issues arising in an employment and litigation practice and rely on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals in a strategic manner.  Also, the incumbent should have good judgment, be personable, and be capable of independently performing a variety of complicated tasks. In-depth knowledge of applicable law in one or more areas of responsibility is necessary as well as a willingness to learn new subject areas of law and issue-spot, and the ability to implement newly acquired knowledge with confidence. 

Please note that the requirements specified in this posting are the basic qualifications required for the Assistant General Counsel; however, job title will be dependent on the candidate’s level of experience in those requirements.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Counseling Human Resources, Deans’ office, and other units around the University on employment related topics pertaining to faculty and staff such as discipline issues, terminations, reductions in force, investigations, labor matters etc.
  • Defending the University in legal matters filed in administrative agencies or courts including management of outside counsel.
  • Responsible for identifying and analyzing legal issues, drafting key documents, drafting and reviewing contracts and policies, presenting clear recommendations, and assuring legal compliance.
  • Assists in protecting Northwestern University’s legal interest and maintaining its operations within the scope established by law by providing counsel to all levels of the University on a variety of issues.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Admitted or immediately admissible to the Illinois bar and must be able to work collegially in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Minimum of five years’ legal experience in employment matters and litigation either within a college/university environment or with a law firm.
  • Knowledge of EEO laws such as Title VII, Title IX, the ADA, applicable regulations, and related state laws and regulations, and experience providing counsel to clients on these legal requirements. 

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)

  • Experience working in a Higher Education Institution or working on Higher Education legal matters.
  • Experience in labor/union matters.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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