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Associate General Counsel

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Associate General Counsel


Campus: Tempe

Assoc General Counsel

Job Description

The Associate General Counsel is responsible for providing a high level of professional legal service by representing and advising the Arizona Board of Regents and Arizona State University on a broad range of education law and other legal matters and supporting training and preventive law programs on a university-wide basis. This position interacts regularly with senior level administration and with state and federal regulatory offices. This position reports to the ASU Senior Vice President & General Counsel.

The primary focus of the position will relate to advising the University on sophisticated business transactional matters, including the launch of the ASU Health initiative. ASU Health includes the establishment of a School of Medicine and Advanced Medical Engineering, a school for public health technology, a health observatory, and more. The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in general business transactional matters, healthcare law, academic and research compliance, and the ability to manage a variety of legal matters.

This position’s responsibilities include:

  • Supporting ASU in various complex business transactions.
  • Supporting ASU Health by advising on accreditation issues, regulatory requirements, and clinical placement activities associated with the creation of a new medical school.
  • Providing legal advice and guidance on a broad range of issues, including general business transactions, healthcare matters, academic research issues, regulatory compliance, and academic affairs.
  • Negotiating, drafting, and reviewing contracts and agreements for a Tier 1 public research university, including procurement and other general agreements, research collaborations and grants, intellectual property licenses, hospital affiliations, clinical trial agreements, , and student clinical placements.
  • Advising on compliance with federal and state regulations affecting healthcare and research, including HIPAA, HITECH, and FDA regulations.
  • Conducting training sessions for faculty and staff on compliance and legal best practices.
  • Participating in the development and implementation of policies and procedures for ASU Health.
  • Advising on and drafting faculty contracts and other employee appointments.

Specific assignments are based on the needs of the university and the background and workload of the attorneys in the office.

For more information about the Office of General Counsel visit our web site at www.asu.edu/counsel. For more information about ASU Health, visit asuhealth.asu.edu/.

Job Family

Legal Affairs

Department Name

Office of General Counsel



VP Code


Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$178,190 per year

Close Date

16-July-2024 - EXTENDED



Essential Duties

  • Prepares legal opinions and provides advice for administrative offices and academic units based on an analysis of applicable federal and state law and regulations, Board of Regents policies and University policies.
  • Prepares, negotiates, and reviews contracts and other legal documents for various University offices and departments.
  • Handles or assists in the handling of university transactions, litigation, and administrative proceedings relating to the attorney's primary practice area(s).
  • Advises University boards, offices and committees on responsibilities and policies/procedures to be utilized.
  • Assists in analyzing and advising on legal implication of policy decisions, contractual relations and regulatory compliance matters.
  • Represents the Office of General Counsel at meetings and conferences, as required.
  • Researches and analyzes a wide variety of laws, regulations, legislation, legislative history and policies; studies proposed or existing legislation for implications to the University.
  • Confers with outside legal counsel in areas of specialty law as necessary.
  • Collaborates with outside legal counsel on transactional, litigation, and administrative matters as necessary.
  • Maintains effective working relationships with university administrators, with outside counsel, and with appropriate regulatory, legislative and other legal resources.
  • Assists in development and presents a variety of preventive law programs for the University.
  • Assists in the identification, review, and redaction of documents responsive to requests for public records.
  • Assumes other duties as may be assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school and six (6) years of experience as a practicing attorney, including experience in the primary practice area(s) designated by the Senior Vice President and General Counsel; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Must be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona within twelve (12) months of hire or qualify for and registered as in-house counsel in Arizona.

Desired Qualifications

  • Current and continuous experience in the active practice of law (in-house or as outside counsel devoting substantial attention to university clients) with a focus in higher education law, advising medical schools, or other health-related programs (7 years).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the legal issues faced by research universities and particular medical schools.
  • Evidence of effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrated skill in legal research as well as analytical, advocacy, problem solving, conflict resolution, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working collaboratively in a diverse and complex environment with both lawyers and non-lawyers with expertise in relevant areas.
  • Experience working with teams that may be geographically distributed across office locations, campuses, or in other states or countries.

Working Environment

  • Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment subject to prolonged periods of sitting and operation of computer equipment requiring keyboarding.
  • Travel to other offices at the Tempe campus and other ASU campuses is required.
  • Some out-of-state and overnight travel is required.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit https://wellness.asu.edu/explore-wellness/body/alcohol-and-drugs/tobacco

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

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Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.