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Associate General Counsel

Office of the General Counsel

Associate General Counsel

  • 530808
  • Morningside
  • Office of the General Counsel
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Oct 31 2022
  • Ungraded

Position Summary

The successful candidate will have the ability to analyze complex issues and react appropriately; exercise excellent judgment; handle multiple matters at the same time; offer advice and counsel to University officials, faculty and researchers; meet deadlines; use outside counsel in a cost effective manner; and work independently and with other lawyers in the office on a variety of matters.  The attorney will provide services for all University campuses, working independently and with other lawyers in the office.  Assistant/Associate title commensurate with level of experience


  • Provide advice and counsel to University leadership and other internal clients on a wide variety of issues;
  • Review and draft contracts and agreements;
  • Respond to inquiries on regulatory matters;
  • Develop, draft and interpret University policies;
  • Conduct and/or oversee and support internal investigations;
  • Advise on compliance issues;
  • Oversee outside counsel on complex litigation, investigations and audits;
  • Support all University related legal efforts as needed.


Minimum Qualifications & Skills

  • Education
    • A Juris Doctor degree from a nationally recognized law school with excellent academic credentials in law school and in undergraduate studies.
  • Required:

    • Seven plus years of practice experience at law firm, government agency and/or in-house experience in advising and counseling clients;
    • Ability to analyze complex situations and react appropriately;
    • Ability to exercise sound judgment after researching and interpreting relevant facts;
    • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
    • Ability to supervise outside counsel in a cost-effective manner;
    • Ability to work with minimal supervision and to handle multiple high priority tasks simultaneously.
    • Excellent drafting skills;
    • Confidence and judgment necessary to act pragmatically;
    • High level of intellectual curiosity;
    • Ability and desire to function collaboratively;
    • Openness to growth and learning in a team environment, consistent with the goals and principles that guide the General Counsel’s Office;
    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate easily with colleagues and internal clients;
    • Must be admitted to the New York State Bar or admitted within one year of hire;
    • Higher Education and/or other in-house experience a plus.



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