0016 General Counsel

POSITION IDENTIFICATION

TITLE General Counsel

CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 0016

GRADE Unclassified

CLASSIFICATION Exempt

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR President

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Board of Governors

GENERAL FUNCTION

The General Counsel provides legal advice and consultation to the Board of Governors, University President, the Administration and faculty and represents the University system before University system hearing bodies as well as administrative and judicial bodies of the United States, the State of Missouri, Greene County, and Springfield.  The General Counsel reviews and recommends institutional policies and procedures, reviews or prepares contracts and other legal documents, and provides legal opinions to University committees and councils as directed by the Board of Governors or the University President.

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Education: A Juris Doctorate degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school is required.

Experience: At least five years of legal experience in delivering legal services to or within a complex organizational structure is required.  Employment law experience is required.  Litigation experience and excellent professional references are required. 

License: Membership in the State of Missouri Bar or eligibility for membership in the Missouri Bar within a reasonable period is required.

Skills: Effective verbal and written communication skills are required in order to communicate legal advice/opinions and provide consultation to people from all constituencies of the University.  The ability to provide effective legal representation within time constraints is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Serves as the General Counsel for the University by providing legal advice or consultation to the Board of Governors, University President, administration and faculty through administrative channels and reviewing and recommending institutional policies, procedures, guidelines and other documents as needed.

2. Reduces the likelihood for inappropriate, unnecessary or costly institutional liability in contractual agreements and terms or business arrangements by reviewing and/or preparing contracts and other legal documents for execution by or on behalf of the University.

3. Represents the University system during administrative or judicial proceedings by serving as the General Counsel, advising in the representation, or overseeing the representation of the University system before University system hearing bodies as well as administrative and judicial bodies of the United States and the State of Missouri.

4. Facilitates the establishment and continuance of appropriate and cooperative relationships between the University and external organizations by serving as the University's liaison with counsel for other universities, the Attorney General of Missouri, the United States Attorney General, the Greene County Prosecutor, Springfield City Attorney, and similar officials.

5. Provides requested legal opinions and advice to University committees and councils by serving as a resource person to the President's Administrative Council and such other bodies as directed by the Board of Governors or the University President.

7. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

8. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as directed.

9. Contributes to the overall success of the University by performing other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the University President or the Board of Governors.

SUPERVISION

The General Counsel is supervised by the University President and supervises legal and clerical staff.

OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES

REVISED MARCH 2014