Temple University: Associate University Counsel (Philadelphia, PA)

Temple University, an urban public research university with an international reach, has been creating knowledge, improving lives, and engaging the community for over 125 years. Temple’s superb faculty and broad curriculum of over 300 academic programs provide superior educational opportunities for talented and motivated students without regard to their status or station in life. That tradition of access and excellence has made Temple’s student body one of the most diverse in the nation. Temple’s Main Campus in Philadelphia is the primary site of more than $500 million in construction and renovation. Benefiting from an increasing number of students eager for an urban university experience, Temple has become an increasingly vibrant center of student life.

The Associate University Counsel provides advice and counsel regarding labor and employment matters for the university and its health system.  In this role, you will manage outside agency matters and internal investigations arising out of student and employee complaints of discrimination, as well as employment, personal injury, and other litigation involving the university, and provide advice and counsel to the university’s Division of Student Affairs and Campus Safety Services on a variety of issues, including student discipline, Clery Act compliance, and crisis management.

Specific responsibilities include:
•                Providing legal advice to the Department of Human Resources, Office of Equal Opportunity Compliance, Division of Student Affairs, Campus Safety Services, and other academic and administrative leaders on litigation and related matters that involve the university.
•                Identifying legal issues of concern to senior administrators and executives to develop legal strategies and solutions, taking into account financial, political, and/or public relations risk or significance.
•                Addressing a wide array of client needs responsively and respectfully while exercising the highest level of judgment.
•                Prioritizing and managing numerous disparate matters and clients in a timely manner through the application of diplomacy, interpersonal skills, and observation/knowledge of behavior and human nature.
•                Drafting, reviewing, and approving policies and procedures, regulations, bylaws, manuals, and other University documents within legal specialty areas.
•                Maintaining cooperative and collegial relationship with attorneys and staff in the Office of University Counsel.
•                Managing in-house counsel and legal assistants, law clerks, and outside counsel.
•                Enhancing professional growth and development through participation in seminars and workshops; maintaining professional affiliations to keep abreast of developments and trends in higher education law; conducting education and training in areas of legal specialty; and developing education and training materials.

Candidates should possess a doctorate or terminal degree in Jurisprudence with a minimum of seven years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Admission to at least one state bar with ability to become licensed in Pennsylvania within 12 months of appointment is essential. Experience in the following is required:
•                Identifying legal issues of concern to senior administrators and executives to develop legal strategies and solutions, taking into account financial, political/public relations risk, or significance.
•                Prioritizing and managing numerous disparate matters and clients in a timely manner through the application of diplomacy, interpersonal skills, and observation/knowledge of behavior and human nature.

To apply for this position and view other Temple opportunities, please visit our Web site at www.temple.edu and click on Jobs@temple. Please reference TU-15363.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.