Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs

POSITION VACANCY LISTING PVL# 76042 University of Wisconsin-Madison

Working Title: Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs

Official title: VICE CHANCELLOR(A40NN)

Degree and area of specialization:   J.D. degree and extensive experience as specified below are required.

License/certification:   Membership in good standing in the Wisconsin State Bar or admission to the Wisconsin State Bar within two years of hire date.   Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:   At least 12-15 years of progressively increasing responsibility as an attorney with experience in legal work relevant to managing and directing the legal affairs of a major public research university with an academic health center and an extensive research enterprise, and serving as senior counselor to the Chancellor and other senior University officials.

The position requires considerable experience in legal management and administration, and in transactional law and/or litigation; experience as a senior executive general counsel or comparable experience will be very useful. This is a national search and well-qualified candidates from any location are encouraged to apply.

Principal duties:   Supervising and working with the University’s team of attorneys, the Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs is responsible for developing and managing a strategic plan for the University’s legal work and matters such as: oversight of conflicts of interest and ethics issues; supporting the research enterprise (e.g. sponsored research agreements, export controls, biological/chemical safety, animal welfare, human subjects trials, stem cell research, scientific misconduct investigations, and other research issues); business and transactions, including tax, facility use, intellectual property and copyright law; health and medical malpractice law, including health related contracting; employment relations law; special investigative assignments; compliance issues, including ADA; athletics and NCAA matters; HIPAA privacy and security; and other important issues.   The work of this individual is anticipated to be 1/2 senior administrative and 1/2 legal, requiring service as a senior adviser to the Chancellor and other University officials; general oversight and planning; strategic direction; liaison with state and UW System counsel; coordination with, where applicable, external counsel; staff development and outreach; and other activities.

Additional Information:

The ideal candidate will have the following:   Capacity to develop a strategic plan for the University’s legal services and to direct the legal affairs of the University in connection with significant and powerful constituencies, both internal and external.

Capacity to serve as senior counselor/advisor at the highest level of University leadership to the Chancellor and other senior University officials.   Understanding of and commitment to the University’s historic and distinctive dedication to academic freedom and the sifting and winnowing of ideas.   Knowledge of or familiarity with statutory and constitutional framework and federal and administrative regulations applicable to a public university with a significant research enterprise and an academic health center, and process of governance in academic settings.   Experience with higher education research institutions and knowledge of issues affecting such institutions of higher education, including those with an extensive research enterprise and an academic medical center.   Ability to provide effective leadership to administration and members of the campus community on legal and policy legal issues affecting students, faculty and staff.   Ability to lead and manage a group of experienced attorneys and dedicated staff, including leadership in mentoring and professional development.   Evidence of strong ethical values, competence and confidence in operating with credibility at the senior executive level.   Capacity for sound legal analysis and reasoning, problem solving and legal research skills.   Proven record of ability to undertake complex legal issues, and capacity to serve as a creative thinker and problem-solver able to negotiate creative solutions to complex problems.   Commitment to and capacity for leadership in the recruitment and development of a diverse workforce.   Superior and effective oral and written communication skills, as well as demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collegially.

Additional information about the University’s legal affairs and legal team can be found on the web at:

This position requires a criminal records review at the finalist stage.