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Assistant or Associate General Counsel Beaumont, Texas Position Description. The Assistant or Associate General Counsel will be an employee of the Texas State University System Administration Office, performing his or her duties under authority delegated by and under supervision of the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel. Per System policy, he or she will report directly to the former but will office on the Lamar University campus in Beaumont, Texas, and provide timely and responsible legal advice to the university administration and handle a broad range of legal issues for the university. The Texas State University System. Created in 1911 by the Texas Legislature to oversee the state's normal schools for teachers, TSUS is the oldest and third largest system of higher education in Texas. Operating on twelve separate campuses from the Rio Grande to the Sabine River as well as Online, the System's seven universities and colleges collectively offer a comprehensive array of academic programs, from associate of arts to doctoral degrees. Nearly 85,000 students and 16,000 employees, respectively, study and work on TSUS campuses. Lamar University. Founded in 1923 as a junior college, Lamar University is a progressive, comprehensive public institution educating a diverse student body, preparing students for leadership and lifelong learning in a multicultural world and enhancing the future of southeast Texas, the state, the nation and the world through teaching, research, and creative activity and service. With an enrollment of 13,929 students, LU offers 96 undergraduate, 50 master's and eight doctoral degree programs. TSUS Office of General Counsel. The OGC is headquartered in Austin but maintains legal offices in Beaumont, Huntsville and San Marcos. Ours is a diverse practice that offers opportunities for legal, professional and intellectual development in the rapidly growing field of higher education law. We handle highly important and complex issues, ranging from the intricacies of financial and business transactions involving private/corporate and public/governmental partners to the most significant constitutional issues of our time. Our clients are well-educated, career higher education professionals, whose principal focus is to provide quality education to the people of the Golden Triangle area and the state of Texas. Our attorneys are members of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and annually attend the NACUA conference. Essential Duties General Law Employment issues and other matters and civil rights complaints Tort/personal injury and property damage issues Student and faculty matters, e.g., discipline, grievances, and claims Litigation support and contact with the Texas attorney general's office Reviewing and drafting personnel and student policies and handbooks Administrative and due process hearings Mediations and other dispute resolution matters Texas Public Information Act issues Business Law Commercial and business transactions State purchasing guidelines and requirements Reviewing, drafting and negotiating a variety of contracts and documents Reviewing and writing campus policies and handbooks Environmental, health and safety issues Real estate leases, sales, purchases and easements Hospital and other affiliation agreements Dealing with federal and state regulatory agencies Additionally, the incumbent may be asked to perform legal work for other System colleges and universities and otherwise perform such tasks as may be assigned by the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel. Education and Certifications Required Juris Doctor or LL.B. from an accredited law school Membership in good standing in the State Bar of Texas Experience/Skills Required At least five years of progressively significant legal experience in an active legal practice Ability to think both creatively and analytically in resolving complex issues Excellent verbal and written communication skills Open, even temperament and ability to listen to diverse perspectives Ability to work under pressure and deadlines Ability communicate information and legal advice quickly and accurately Ability to handle complexity, work independently and with little supervision Willingness to work collegially with others, take direction and respond to authority Commitment to work with geographic, economic and culturally diverse constituencies Salary and Benefits. Salary and job title (Assistant or Associate General Counsel) is commensurate with qualifications. Customary and usual state employee benefits apply, including health insurance, annual leave, sick leave, state holidays (including winter break), longevity pay and retirement. Contact Information Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter to: Ms. Therese Sternenberg Assistant Vice Chancellor Office of the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel Texas State University System Email: Additional Information for Applicants The Texas State University System and Lamar University are tobacco-free/drug free workplaces. A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position. The Texas State University System is an "at will" employer. If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present acceptable, original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Information from the documents will be submitted to the federal E-Verify system for verification. THIS POSITION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL IT IS FILLED. The Texas State University System is an Equal Opportunity Employer Category: Legal , Keywords: General Counsel

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