Essential Functions: Job PurposeRepresent the University's legal interests in transactional matters. Provide legal counsel and representation in order to defend and advance the University's legal interests and maintain its integrity. Represent the University's legal interests in judicial and quasi-judicial proceedings. Provide counsel and advice to University schools, colleges and divisions.Review University contracts and leases. Act on behalf of, and negotiator for, the University in legal and business transactions. Consult with University administration regarding contracts, leases and other instruments. Assist in various transactional matters.Provide counsel and advice to all University divisions, colleges and departments. Answer legal questions and resolve problems in order to prevent University violations of laws and to reduce the University's liability exposure.Represent the University's legal interest in judicial and quasi-judicial proceedings before trial courts, appellate courts and administrative agencies, as well as arbitrations and internal hearings. Research and review statutory law, documents and court decisions to develop appropriate strategy needed to defend and/or prosecute lawsuits. Conduct discovery. Prepare and present written briefs and oral argument. Supervise retained outside counsel.Attend meetings and serve on committees and task forces. Review and recommend modification of University policies and procedures. Perform special projects/assignments as assigned by the General Counsel.Represent OGC, and attend meetings or formal functions as needed when the General Counsel is unavailable. Perform administrative duties and occasional supervision for the Office of the General Counsel.Perform related work as assigned.
Qualifications: Education Juris Doctorate degreeAdditional Education Information: Juris Doctor. Knowledge of laws and regulations which affect education institutions.Admission to the Michigan State Bar Association or the ability to become quickly admitted.Experience Expert (established subject matter expert, 7+ years experience)Additional Experience Information: A minimum of 10 years of experience as an attorney.Considerable litigation experience and skills.Knowledge and understanding of university organizational structure, policy and procedures.Expertise in contracts or healthcare legal issues strongly desired.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities RequiredLEADERSHIP SKILLS: Ability to lead and influence subordinates and peers, make difficult decisions, function with integrity and demonstrate sound judgement. INTERPERSONAL SKILLS - Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills. Ability to influence and motivate others in varied situations within the University community. Ability to build effective working relationships with a variety of constituencies, as well as a commitment to the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, excellence and diversity.SUPERVISORY SKILLS: Strong mentoring and coaching skills. Ability to train and develop staff. Ability to foster teamwork among staff members. ANALYTICAL SKILLS: Keen ability to make valid and reliable evaluation of information with demonstrated attention to detail sufficient to consistently achieve high degrees of accuracy and/or desired results.LEARNING AGILITY: Independent and innovative self-starter who can display an ability to learn rapidly and adapt quickly to changing situations. Strong organizational skills, ability to handle multiple tasks and complete work within deadlines.TEAMWORK: Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues within the division and central units; ability to produce high quality and consistent results with assistance of team members; provide support to teammates when tackling complex projects. ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS: Ability to prioritize and plan work activities, manage project team activities, develop strategies to achieve organizational goals.COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and professionally both orally and in writing. CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS: Ability to actively serve customers, both internal and external to the University, resolve issues, and provide timely and sufficient follow-up.
Internal Number: 76_207567
About Wayne State University
Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State?s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan?s public universities. Its students represent 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.