Arcadia University, Domestic

  • Assistant General Counsel

    Location US-PA-Glenside
    Regular Staff Full-Time
    General Counsel
  • Overview

    The Assistant General Counsel assists the General Counsel in providing accessible and responsible legal advice in a collegial and constructive atmosphere to the University community in support of the University's mission and goals. The Assistant General Counsel also assists the Secretary of the University with the planning, coordination, and facilitation of the work of the Board of Trustees.


    Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in Greater Philadelphia and promises a distinctly global, integrative, and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic world. A national leader in study abroad and international education, Arcadia has been named #1 in undergraduate study abroad participation by the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report for the past seven years. Approximately 3,900 students attend Arcadia, and the University’s 2,500 undergraduate students choose from more than 65 fields of study.


    Applications must be submitted online through Arcadia's Human Resources portal to receive full consideration. Please do not email application materials to hiring manager.

    For additional information and to apply, please visit: and submit a cover letter, resume and names and phone numbers of three professional references.


    Application review will begin immediately. Posting will be removed from the website once we've established a sufficient talent pool for consideration.


    Arcadia University seeks candidates of diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities. Arcadia University encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. All offers of employment are conditional based on successful completion of a background check.


    Essential Functions: 


    The Assistant General Counsel assists the General Counsel by:

    • Providing legal advice and guidance, in a fast-paced, high volume environment, to faculty and staff on a wide variety of legal matters;
    • Drafting, reviewing, negotiating, managing, administering, and advising on legal documents, including, but not limited to, contracts, releases, waivers, affiliation agreements, articulation agreements, joint venture agreements, grants, employment and human resource related contracts, leases, agreements of sale and other real estate related documents, construction contracts, donor agreements, memoranda of understanding, and dual enrollment agreements;
    • Serving as the Chair of the Policy Advisory Committee and being responsible for ensuring that appropriate training is provided to various campus constituencies on University policies;
    • Providing legal advice and overseeing compliance with international laws that affect the University's campuses and locations abroad.
    • Exercising vigilance for newly emerging laws and policies that will affect higher education and will keep the appropriate campus constituents apprised of these laws and their impact;
    • Ensuring that the University remains in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations affecting higher education, as well as, relevant accreditation requirements and being responsible for creating and managing a University compliance matrix;
    • Reviewing and responding to public records requests and responding to discovery requests and investigations by regulatory agencies;
    • Advising with respect to employment, labor, and human resource matters such as employee discipline, benefits, and accommodation matters;
    • Participating in judicial proceedings involving the University and assisting with the management of litigation matters;
    • Advising with respect to internal dispute resolution and administrative proceedings such as student disciplinary matters, faculty and union grievances, suspension or termination matters;
    • Assisting in formulating and implementing institutional strategies for avoiding future legal problems;
    • Overseeing responses to subpoenas directed to the University, including gathering records and ensuring compliance with legal requirements regarding confidentiality of student and employee records; and
    • Serving on University committees as assigned

    Essential Functions in support of the Secretary of the University: The Assistant General Counsel assists the Secretary of the University by:

    • Overseeing the work of the Assistant to the Secretary including providing expert-level support for all Board meetings and events which may include: analyzing materials, data, and information and reviewing content for completeness, accuracy, and responsiveness; tracking issues; reviewing agendas, minutes, and resolutions; coordinating regular meetings; coordinating and designing annual orientation and/or retreat meetings; preparing materials for continuing Board education; and managing the electronic Board portal;
    • Facilitating effective governance with long-range planning, communication, and problem solving on significant issues and challenges facing the Board;
    • Supporting the Board's decision-making process by ensuring that members have the necessary information on issues to engage in substantive discussions in order to make effective decisions;
    • Ensuring that the Board's activities comply with all pertinent legal guidelines and conform to sound governance practices by engaging in regular consultations with the General Counsel;
    • Overseeing the annual operating budget for the Board and ensuring that expenditures are approved according to University policies and guidelines;
    • Advising the Board and the University’s senior administrators and staff regarding the Board’s policies and procedures;

    • Assisting  in the execution of Board related projects, initiatives, and mandates to further the Board’s fulfillment of its governance responsibilities;

    • Ensuring the timely input of recommendations and information to the Board (including committees);

    • Anticipating substantive and procedural difficulties and recommending ways to avoid them; and

    • Reviewing and interpreting corporate documents, as needed.

    Marginal Functions:

    Perform other duties as assigned in support of the Office of General Counsel



    Received: The Assistant General Counsel reports to the General Counsel and Secretary of the University

    Given: The Assistant General Counsel directs work of assigned staff


    Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


    The Assistant General Counsel must possess the following skills and attributes:


    • Excellent legal, technical writing, and speaking skills;
    • Strong transactional background;
    • Ability to effectively supervise, coach, and train others;
    • Knowledge of legal research;
    • High ethical standards;
    • Be a consummate team player who is solutions-oriented and has a demonstrated ability to build relationships with various constituencies;
    • Demonstrates an advanced level of skill and knowledge in many aspects in applicable functional and client area. Displays originality and creativity when addressing client issues, questions, and goals.  Seeks out more advanced client (internal/external) service opportunity;
    • Able to supervise individuals by setting clear expectations and holding them accountable for their own progress on various projects.  Knows when, how, and what to delegate and to whom, taking ultimate responsibility for the final work product.  Constantly encourages and guides others to deliver the highest quality and service and to follow all university policies and procedures;
    • Demonstrates confidence and expertise in informal and formal communications including team and client interactions, meetings and presentations.  Adjusts presentation styles to audience and content.  Takes a creative approach to presenting ideas;
    • Exercises judgement to distinguish the material from the immaterial and deals constructively with ambiguity.  Uses logic and judgement to approach problems and reach sound conclusions.  Understands client interests and concerns, looking beyond the obvious to distill critical themes, issues, and ideas.  Proactively and creatively looks for multiple sound solutions and paths to success. Consistently identifies and re-evaluates priorities, recommended courses of action, and next steps;
    • The ability to quickly and independently troubleshoot issues that arise during various projects and tasks;
    • Able to conduct informal research and filter accurate and relevant information, and use information and experience to find creative solutions to everyday or complex problems; and
    • Having an awareness and being able to respect and engage with people of various backgrounds to create a stronger community.


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school
    • Minimum seven years of legal experience (Higher Education experience preferred but not required)
    • Current license to practice law in Pennsylvania



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