Department: Office of General Counsel Salary/Grade: EXS/15
About the Office The Office of General Counsel provides legal services to Northwestern University and represents the University in a wide range of legal matters and advises on a complex array of issues. The Office is responsible for foreseeing and protecting the University against legal risks.
Position Summary The incumbent will focus on providing advice and counsel relating to employment, litigation (including discovery), compliance, and other matters related to faculty and staff (including discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct). Other parts of the portfolio may include some work related to student affairs, the review of contracts, policy development and implementation, and other duties as assigned. The incumbent should be familiar with the broad range of issues arising in an employment and litigation practice and rely on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals in a strategic manner. Specialized knowledge and experience with Title VII, Title IX, FERPA, Title VI, and the Americans with Disabilities Act is preferred. Also, the incumbent should have good judgment, be personable, and be capable of independently performing a variety of complicated tasks. In-depth knowledge of applicable law in one or more areas of responsibility is necessary as well as a willingness to learn new subject areas of law and issue-spot, and the ability to implement newly acquired knowledge with confidence
Counseling units around the University on employment related topics pertaining to faculty and staff such as discipline issues, terminations, reductions in force, investigations, labor matters etc.
Counseling units around the University on student-related topics, including student privacy, subpoenas for student records, academic integrity issues, and student discipline.
Responsible for identifying and analyzing legal issues, drafting key documents, drafting and reviewing contracts and policies, presenting clear recommendations, and assuring legal compliance.
Assists in protecting Northwestern University’s legal interest and maintaining its operations within the scope established by law by providing counsel to all levels of the University on a variety of issues.
Other duties as assigned.
Admitted or immediately admissible to the Illinois bar and must be able to work collegially in a fast-paced environment.
Minimum of five years’ legal experience in employment matters and litigation either within a college/university environment or with a law firm.
Knowledge of EEO laws such as Title VII, Title IX, the ADA, applicable regulations, and related state laws and regulations, and experience providing counsel to clients on these legal requirements.
Experience working in a Higher Education Institution or working on Higher Education legal matters.
Experience in employment law matters.
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Internal Number: 41278
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.