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Associate General Counsel - Litigation

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Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Associate General Counsel - Litigation
Job Category Staff & Executive - Legal
Department General Counsel

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766 and celebrating a milestone 250th anniversary in 2016, the university is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States. More than 67,000 students and 22,000 faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world.
Rutgers University–New Brunswick took root more than 250 years ago. We are the state’s most comprehensive intellectual resource—the flagship campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as designated by the Association of American Universities. We are the region’s most high-profile public research institution and a leading national research center with a global impact.

Posting Summary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking an Associate General Counsel in the Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel. This attorney’s primary focus is defending the University and its employees in litigation. The key duties of this position are the following:

• Defends the University on a wide variety of litigation matters (a substantial portion of which involves employment matters), often in coordination with outside counsel.
• Advises senior administrators on matters in anticipation of litigation.
• Provides advice, education and counsel on a wide variety of legal issues that affect a public institution of higher education, including OPRA, OPMA, and FERPA.
• Analyzes and evaluates pending legislation and regulations to determine if they apply to the University and, if so, their impact on the University.
• Collaborates with the Department of External affairs in developing and advancing the University’s interests and positions in response to pending legislation and regulations.
• Provides advice and guidance pertaining to drafting and reviewing University-wide policies and procedures.
• Collaborates with University risk management on insurance, indemnification and related issues.
• Assists with and participates in training and preventative law presentations for University administrators, managers and staff.
• Assumes responsibility for a wide variety of additional legal projects and matters as requested by the General Counsel.
• Performs various other tasks and duties to support General Counsel.

Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift
FLSA Exempt
Grade 11
Position Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Annual Minimum Salary 127660.000
Annual Mid Range Salary 161583.500
Annual Maximum Salary 195507.000
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description Administrators Confidential
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft

Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at:

Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility ABP


Minimum Education and Experience

• Requires a superior academic credentials and a JD degree from an accredited law school.
• Also requires at least eight years of relevant experience of increasing responsibility.
• Must either be admitted to practice law in New Jersey or admitted in another jurisdiction and willing and able to become admitted in New Jersey as soon as practicable.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Must possess a wide range of knowledge and experience in litigation, with significant experience in employment matters.
• Must have excellent communication skills, excellent writing skills, be able to work with colleagues both within the Office of General Counsel and within the University as a whole.
• Must be comfortable taking responsibility for addressing complex legal issues within the context of a vibrant and ever-evolving institution of higher education.
• Regular exercise of strategic decision-making and independent sound judgment as applied to complex and nuanced factual scenarios required.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience representing public sector clients or working as an attorney in the public sector a plus.

Equipment Utilized

• Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point)
• Worldox (electronic document management system)

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Special Conditions

Posting Details

Posting Number 17ST2900
Posting Open Date 08/04/2017
Special Instructions to Applicants

Required cover letter should describe how your experience is suitable for this position and describing your commitment to work in-house in a public university environment.

Regional Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus Downtown New Brunswick
Location Details

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:

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