A member of the Senior Administrative Leadership Team and reporting directly to the President, the General Counsel represents Oglethorpe University in all legal and regulatory matters and provides advice and counsel to the Board of Trustees, the President, and university administrators in their official capacities. The General Counsel oversees and coordinates the University’s commitment to remain compliant with all applicable legal and regulatory obligations and will also play an essential role in supporting the University's ongoing work to advance a diverse and inclusive campus community.
General Counsel Responsibilities
Provides counsel, legal representation, and support to the University on a broad spectrum of legal issues to help fulfill the University mission and meet all legal and compliance obligations.
Offers strategic guidance and representation to leadership on changing governmental requirements in civil rights, affirmative action, Title IX, equal opportunity, reporting obligations under the Clery Act, dispute resolution, and internal auditing and reporting and related areas as may be identified in the future.
Reviews, analyzes, interprets and advises on laws, regulations, and guidance affecting the University.
Convenes and provides guidance to units/areas directly responsible for planning and implementing the University's compliance initiatives and ensures the University is responsive to and in compliance with all legal policies and laws.
Directs and collaborates in the development of multifaceted compliance and risk training programs for members of the university community.
Examines, negotiates, and drafts legal documents.
Composes policies, organizational by-laws, committee charters, resolutions, and other governance documents.
Retains and supervises outside counsel as necessary for litigation and specialized matters.
Participates and represents the College in the national higher education legal community.
Performs other related duties as required.
JD degree from an accredited ABA law school.
Licensed and in good standing as a member of a state bar.
Must be a member of the Georgia Bar or become a member of the Georgia Bar within 12 months of hire date.
A minimum of 5 years experience as a practicing attorney.
Exceptional communication (written, verbal, and digital) and interpersonal skills.
The aptitude to be a generalist.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Oglethorpe University
Oglethorpe was founded in 1835 as a small private liberal arts and sciences university and continues to value a broad and personalized education. However, we are different from other institutions of this type. We are in the diverse and growing city of Atlanta and reflect that city’s demographics and energy. Our 1540 students represent 30 states and 20 countries, with a significant population of first-generation college students (~30%). Oglethorpe ranks among the top 15% of US colleges for diversity in ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, disabilities, and geographic origin. Assured in the belief that diversity and equity are key to Oglethorpe’s success, both the strategic plan and EEOC statement express an institutional desire for our employees to reflect the diversity of our student body and wider Atlanta community we serve. Website: www.oglethorpe.edu