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Kansas State University Deputy General Counsel in Manhattan, Kansas

About This Role:

Kansas State University seeks an experienced, client-centered and strategic leader with excellent communication skills to join the Office of the General Counsel (“OGC”) as the next Deputy General Counsel. The Deputy supports the General Counsel in providing the overall administration, direction, coordination and evaluation of the legal function and activities of Kansas State University, including its three campuses, veterinary health center, biosecurity research institute, statewide cooperative extension service, and multiple corporations, including K-State Athletics, which participates in the NCAA’s Division 1 and is a member of the Big 12 Conference.

Under the direction of the General Counsel, the Deputy General Counsel is responsible for the direction and management of assigned responsibilities in support of the mission, goals, and objectives of K-State. The Deputy General Counsel provides legal advice and counsel to constituents on a wide scope of highly complex legal transactions, to the academic and research operations as well as legal support pertaining to undergraduate and graduate education.

A successful candidate will have the ability to prioritize and handle a large number of matters; knowledge of relevant federal and state law and regulations; excellent writing and analytical skills; ability to develop and effectively deliver presentations; skills in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures; ability to develop and implement new strategies and procedures for improvement and efficiencies; strong interpersonal and communication skills that reflect courtesy, diplomacy and a collaborative approach to developing and maintaining effective working relationships; and initiative, self-discipline, and confidence to assist the General Counsel in leading, empowering and challenging the staff within the Office of General Counsel.

The Deputy General Counsel will need the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Broad knowledge of higher education administration, systems, practices, and principles
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations affecting higher education and public research institutions
  • Experience supervising complex litigation and conducting investigations, including providing counsel on labor and employment matters, including but not limited to affirmative action, discrimination law, as well as related practice areas unique to educational institutions, such as Title IX, student discrimination, disability claims, and employee and student grievance and adjudicatory processes
  • Provides timely, accessible, sound legal and policy advice on the full array of issues arising in the context of higher education, such as complex compliance matters, general liability, Constitutional rights including due process and free speech, non-discrimination, research activities, international activities, affiliated entities, open records and open meetings, contracts, intellectual property, residency, real estate, computing and information technology including data security, taxation, employment matters, student legal issues, organizational governance, and other matters
  • Anticipates and identifies legal issues and counsels administrators to develop legal strategies and solutions, often in situations of great political, public relations, or financial risk or significance
  • Proactively considers the needs of various offices and departments, helping to leverage systems thinking and best practice orientation to identify innovative opportunities to work smarter; build ownership for change
  • Works with administrators and campus committees in reviewing, drafting and modifying University policies to ensure compliance with existing and evolving federal and state law
  • Excellent drafting and reviewing skills, including correspondence, templates, memoranda, contracts, including international contracts, memoranda of understanding, proposals, sponsored research, master services, technology, venue and facility use agreements
  • Initiates, develops and conducts outreach and educational programs and activities to maintain and enhance client awareness of legal issues and the role of the OGC and the services it provides, and to ensure positive client relationships in a collaborative, problem-solving environment
  • Works independently, while also partnering and collaborating with in-house attorneys and outside counsel
  • Proven success in developing a high-performing staff, establishing performance standards, and transitioning staff through organizational change, with an emphasis on the ability to recruit and manage a culturally diverse workforce
  • The ability to succeed in a fast-paced, complex environment where decision-making may be diffuse and ambiguous
  • Unquestionable ethics, honesty, and integrity in professional, business, and personal dealings
  • Can work remotely as needed

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University educates more than 20,000 of tomorrow's potential leaders each year and provides some of the best global food systems and bio-security research in the world. In fact, the university is progressing toward its goal of becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025.

The university has nine academic colleges and offers more than 250 majors and options. The Graduate School offers 65 master's degrees, 45 doctoral degrees and 22 graduate certificates in multiple disciplines. The Princeton Review recognizes the university as one of the nation's best colleges, and U.S. News & World Report lists the university among the top 75 public universities in the U.S.

K-State has long maintained a demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion. Since 1863, as the nation’s first operational land-grant university, K-State has heralded “full educational privileges” with open enrollment to all students regardless of gender, race or creed. From the very beginning, our commitment to access, opportunity and success has remained unchanged. To learn more about K-State’s commitment to diversity and diversity-related accolades please visit: https://www.k-state.edu/diversity-inclusion/

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit: https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits/

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor degree from an ABA-accredited school and licensed to practice in Kansas or licensure within one year
  • At least eight years of post-J.D. relevant legal experience with representing or advising higher education institutions with a law firm or in-house legal department
  • Excellent writing, analytical and communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10 years of relevant legal experience
  • Experience supervising staff and coaching employees for improved performance and professional development
  • Experience with progressive responsibility and proven success in representing or advising a public research institution of higher education
  • Progressive experience with complex and rapidly developing matters in or more of the following areas: civil rights, compliance and risk management, international contracts and activities, sponsored research, data security, employment law, student rights, and other significant legal issues relevant to higher education
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and an inclusive philosophy in relation to the provision of legal services to the university
  • Knowledge and experience working with affiliation agreements
  • Experience serving as a liaison between Federal and State regulators
  • Sound judgment and the highest personal and professional integrity
  • Exceptional work ethic and demonstrated ability to handle multiple competing priorities under time pressure
  • Commitment and ability to work collaboratively, and to communicate effectively, with multiple and diverse constituencies, such as administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community leaders
  • Ability to identify potential compliance and legal problems and develop policy and educational initiatives
  • Experience with a public land-grant institution
  • Experience directly managing or supporting leadership in managing controversial and high-profile issues in the context of higher education

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
  • Must be licensed to practice law in the state of Kansas or admitted to membership within 12 months of hire

How to Apply:

All applications must be submitted online via the applicant tracking system for review; please do not email applications. In your application materials, please include a single file pdf containing the following:

  1. A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position
  2. Resume
  3. Writing sample
  4. Three professional references including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate), and email address

Application queries or nominations can be sent to: Executive Recruiter, Lindsey Fouquette at lfouquette@ksu.edu

Search committee chair, Shari Crittendon sfcrittendon@ksu.edu

Screening of Applications Begins:

The search committee will accept applications and nominations until March 5, 2021. The committee will begin identifying candidates to interview the week of March 8, 2021, and initial interviews will take place the week of March 15, 2021.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$165,000-$185,000 annually _ _

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

Department: 3670001050 General Counsel Office

Job no: 510150

Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Regular)

Location: Manhattan, Kansas

Categories: Administrative / Professional, Executive / Director / Management

Pay Grade: 17A

Advertised: Jan 25, 2021 Central Standard Time Central Standard Time

Applications close: Open until filled

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