UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
TITLE: Assistant Legal Counsel
DIVISION: President's Office
REPORTS TO: General Counsel
SUPERVISES: Professional and other support staff
Assist the Office of the General Counsel of the University in providing legal services to the University community as directed by the General Counsel.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assist the General Counsel by providing legal services to officials and employees of the University as directed by the General Counsel.
Review, negotiate and draft contracts, contract provisions, addenda and proposals, agreements and memorandum of agreements, including without limitation, student affiliation and clinical education agreements, software license, maintenance and support agreements, service contracts, concession contracts, employment agreements, and construction contracts, for legal sufficiency and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Perform legal research and draft appropriate legal memorandum, reports and/or summaries as directed by the General Counsel.
Review and maintain currency with laws, rules and regulations affecting education, particularly higher education, and provide employee and staff training as directed by the General Counsel.
Represent the institution before boards, commissions, and courts as directed by the General Counsel.
Assist appropriate university officials, employees and staff in developing legislation, rules, regulations and policies related to the institution.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide counsel to the Office of Higher Education and their staffs as may be necessary and directed by the General Counsel.
Perform other related duties as required.
LICENSES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT:
Personal computers, printers; word processing, spreadsheet and database software.
This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
Required: Graduation from an accredited law school; five years' experience as a practicing attorney; license to practice law in the state of Rhode Island and member of the Rhode Island Bar Association. The following are also required: demonstrated expertise in legal research and writing; ability to organize, coordinate and supervise support staff; ability to interpret institutional policies, plans, objectives, rules and regulations and communicate the interpretation to subordinates and others; strong interpersonal skills. Preferred: Three years of experience in college or university legal representation, and at least three years of litigation experience; experience in such areas as education law, administrative law, labor law and equal opportunity law, real estate and contracts.
ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO POSSIBLE MODIFICATION TO REASONABLY ACCOMMODATE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.