Assistant or Associate General Counsel

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Work type: Staff
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Administrative

Position Title: Assistant or Associate General Counsel  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

80001 - Gen Counsel

Advertised Salary: Salary commensurate with education, experiences, and other requirements. Comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.)  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: N/A  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: At Will  
Summary of Position: Under general direction from the Vice President and General Counsel or his/her designee, advise and represent the University in various legal matters.  
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: J.D./L.L.B. degree from an ABA-accredited law school  
Required Work Experience: Three or more years experience as an attorney.  
Required Licenses and Certifications: Membership in a state bar association and/or membership or eligibility to gain admission into the State Bar of Michigan.  
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Bending
  • Carrying
  • Moving
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Twisting
  • Lifting
  • Pulling/Pushing
  • Repetitive movement
  • Standing
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Experience in a University or public sector environment, knowledge of Michigan law, and business law or labor and/or employment law experience.  
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Confer with and advise University officials regarding various legal and administrative issues, including issues related to constitutional and public institutional law, governmental and regulatory law, business and commercial transactional law, and labor and employment issues.

Develop, revise, and interpret University and Board of Trustee policies.

Collaborate with University officials regarding effective use and implementation of policies.

Conduct legal research and prepare memoranda of law and legal opinions regarding various legal issues in diverse practice areas.

Draft, review and administer contracts.

Assist with compliance efforts, including but not limited to Freedom of Information Act, Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Assist with student affairs, student discipline and Title IX legal issues.

Provide oversight to the University in litigation and monitor and coordinate with external counsel regarding University litigation.

Monitor the adoption of significant legislation, the issuance of significant court or administrative rules, regulations, guidelines, or interpretations affecting the University, and advise appropriate University officials of the same.

Assist in the formation and implementation of University strategies for limiting liability and managing risk.

Provide legal training for University administration through seminars, programs, etc.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities: Serve on various committees and represent the General Counsel's office on University matters as requested.  
Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated capacity for legal reasoning.

Demonstrated capacity for clear and concise oral and written communication.

Demonstrated effective interpersonal relations and conflict resolution skills.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume 
  • Unofficial Transcript 1 
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Management Business Solutions is assisting Ferris State University in this search, for inquiries please email: or call (616) 456-5627.

Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of an unofficial transcript of J.D./L.L.B. degree.

Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained and degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.
Initial Application Review Date:
May 9, 2022  
Open Until Position is Filled?: Yes   
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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