Assistant/Associate/Senior Associate University Counsel – WDR-00021343
Office of University Counsel – Cornell University
Two Open Positions
The Office of University Counsel provides legal representation and advice to Cornell University on a broad range of legal issues including business transactions, compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, government grants and contracts, litigation, labor and employment, faculty and student issues, privacy, intellectual property, technology transfer, information technology law, safety and environmental law, health law, real estate, international issues, non-profit and tax matters. The office actively represents the university in litigation and before regulatory agencies, as well as advising on legal exposures and engaging in preventive lawyering, including delivery of educational programs. All attorneys are expected to collaborate effectively to address the legal needs of Cornell University. The two open positions are within the general counsel (non-litigation) practice of the office, though all attorneys collaborate in both advising and litigation support, as needed. The Office of University Counsel has fifteen attorneys located in Ithaca, NY and six attorneys who serve the needs of Weill Cornell Medicine in NYC.
The two open positions will be filled at the assistant, associate or senior associate university counsel level, depending on qualifications and experience. For attorneys with relevant credentials seeking that elusive dual position opportunity to move together to beautiful Ithaca and the Finger Lakes region of New York, this may be a unique opportunity for two talented individuals given the concurrent openings.
Applicants must be a member of, or eligible to obtain prompt reciprocal admission to, the New York State Bar. Applicants should have excellent academic credentials and legal experience, and be able to demonstrate well-honed legal research, writing, and oral communication skills. Higher education experience is a strong plus, particularly for the international position. Demonstrated success working (and multi-tasking) in a complex legal environment and working collaboratively as a team member with other attorneys are crucial.
A CV, cover letter and a list of references should be included with the application. Writing sample(s) and recommendations will be required of all finalists.
International Attorney Position
This individual will have responsibility for advising on a wide range of international legal matters, and has primary responsibility for addressing the needs of the Office of Global Affairs in the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs. The position also advises other clients around the university engaged in international legal and compliance matters, including GDPR, and works with clients around the university on international business transactions and MOU's/education program agreements. Broad expertise in international transactions and corporate law, in-house or at a law firm, is highly desirable. The attorney will address other legal matters as directed by the University Counsel.
Real Estate & Corporate
This position will handle a wide-range of real estate and corporate/transactional needs for the Cornell Ithaca and New York City Cornell Tech campuses. Broad real estate experience (commercial and residential sales and acquisitions, commercial leasing, development),familiarity with commercial lending and other financing structures and experience working with relevant NY/ NYC regulatory or development agencies is desirable but not required. Broad expertise in corporate and transactional law is highly desirable. Typical corporate responsibilities will include drafting and negotiation of contracts covering design, construction, and procurement or delivery of goods and services, as well as transactional work in other areas. This attorney will also address related regulatory compliance and other legal matters as directed by the University Counsel.
J.D. or L.L.B. degree required. The individual must be a member of, or able to obtain prompt reciprocal admission to, the New York State Bar.
Along with demonstrated significant experience in at least one of the above noted areas, candidates being considered for the Asst. University Counsel position must have a minimum of 5 to 7 years of relevant work experience; candidates being considered for the Assoc. University Counsel position must have at least 7 years of relevant work experience; and candidates being considered for the Senior Assoc. University Counsel position will typically have more than 20 years of relevant work experience.
Position's responsibilities and band will be mapped to selected candidate's qualifications.
Experience representing private sector employers, either in a private practice setting or in-house, or some combination thereof.
Excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills.
Ability to collaborate with colleagues and with other university professionals across a variety of disciplines.
Intellectual curiosity, flexibility, a concern for others, and interest in learning additional areas of relevant law.
Proficiency with office computer technologies.
Ability to work successfully as a team member in an office that handles a high volume and varied portfolio of legal matters.
Experience in more than a single noted practice area.
Practice experience in higher education (whether as outside counsel or in-house counsel).
No Visa sponsorship is available for this position.
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