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(Archived) Executive Vice President and University Counsel

Last Updated: 7/06/22

Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: Reporting directly to the President, the Executive Vice President and University Counsel is the chief legal officer of the University and member of the cabinet. Provides legal guidance to the President, Vice Presidents and Board of Trustees as appropriate.

1. Provides legal counsel and guidance to the President, Vice Presidents and Board of Trustees on all legal matters relevant to a large public institution including, but not limited to, civil service law, immigration, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations, and laws pertaining to student matters, contracts and grants, tax matters, liability and insurance matters, public monies and purchases, affirmative action, and other laws and regulations.

2. Provide guidance in the development of University by-laws, policies (both academic and administrative) as well as university governance and risk management.

3. Reviews, analyzes, researches, interprets and prepares guidance on new legislation and regulations.

4. Reviews contracts, leases and other legal documents; researches relevant legal issues and recommends/negotiates revisions as necessary.

5. Acts as in-house legal resource to the University’s labor relations and human resources functions.

6. Provides general consultative assistance to other University units as needed.

7. Serves as principal liaison with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and with outside/special counsel (including supervision, negotiation of retainers and rates, review of bills, etc.)

8. Provides a wide range of legal services, including federal and state statutory and compliance obligations; business contracts related to procurement of goods and services, construction and real estate transactions; employment; intellectual property and technology transfer; international employment and immigration law issues, open records; and general higher education law.

9. Serves as the University Ethics Liaison Officer.

10. Serves as the OPRA Custodian of University Records.


· J.D. from an ABA accredited law school;

· Membership in good standing of the New Jersey bar, or eligibility to practice law in New Jersey as in-house counsel pursuant to NJR 1:27-2;

· Minimum 10 years experience in positions relevant to directing the legal affairs of a large, complex organization;

· Minimum 5 years experience in litigation, compliance and contracts;

· Strong representational and presentation skills;

· Ability to function effectively in a fast paced environment with multiple and changing priorities and objectives.

· High level of discretion, good judgement and integrity.


· Prior legal experience in public higher education or public sector legal affairs;

· Five or more years’ experience with New Jersey public governance and labor relations;

· Ability to lead and manage effectively. We offer a competitive Compensation and Benefits Package

We offer a competitive Compensation and Benefits Package

New Jersey City University is an equal opportunity institution encouraging a diverse pool of applicants.

As a condition of employment, new employees are required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to their start date. Candidates wishing to request a medical or religious exemption must advise Human Resources at the time of job offer.

New Jersey City University is a Tobacco and Smoke Free Campus. For the health of our employees, students and visitors, smoking, vaping and tobacco use is not permitted on campus. This includes all buildings, grounds and parking lots.

Company Details

Jersey City, New Jersey, United States