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Staff Attorney

Western Governors University

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT, USA · Remote
Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2024

The salary range for this role takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to skill sets; experience and training; licensure and certifications; and other business and organizational needs.

At WGU, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role, and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. A reasonable estimate of the current range is:

Pay Range: $77,200.00 - $115,700.00

If you’re passionate about building a better future for individuals, communities, and our country—and you’re committed to working hard to play your part in building that future—consider WGU as the next step in your career.

Driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs, WGU is also committed to being a great place to work for a diverse workforce of student-focused professionals. The university has pioneered a new way to learn in the 21st century, one that has received praise from academic, industry, government, and media leaders. Whatever your role, working for WGU gives you a part to play in helping students graduate, creating a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

**Current WGU employees must submit their internal application before 05/29/2024 to be considered for the position.**

The Corporation of Western Governors University seeks to fill the position of Staff Attorney I in the University’s Office of General Counsel (OGC). Reporting to a Senior Associate General Counsel (or Director, OGC), the Staff Attorney I will provide a wide range of legal services to support the University’s mission to improve quality and expand access to post-secondary educational opportunities.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Provides legal research, analysis, and project support on a wide variety of client issues including intellectual property, student affairs, privacy, employment, regulatory compliance, and other issues impacting WGU and its affiliate entities.

  • Assists in drafting and reviewing contracts for a variety of business transactions, ensuring alignment with university standards and business goals.

  • Evaluates and drafts potential responses and/or legal memorandum on specific questions of law.

  • Provides timely respond to all inquiries

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • Sound independent judgment and professional integrity

  • Prompt and effective research, analytical, and writing skills.

  • Ability to build relationships within the OGC and the University

  • Ability to accurately prioritize and respond to issues and requests.

  • Ability to identify solutions that combine legal considerations with institutional needs.

  • Ability to think creatively and offer informed opinions.

  • Prompt development of knowledge in a wide range of legal areas.

  • Ability to monitor and manage multiple, concurrent matters.


Organizational Impact:

  • Works to achieve operational targets within job areas that impact on the overall achievement of results for the job area.

  • Work is limited in scope and typically task-related or less complex. Work is closely supervised.

Problem Solving & Decision Making:

  • Responsible for employing minor changes in system and processes to solve problems.

  • Identifies, defines, and addresses problems that are not immediately evident but typically not complex. Issues generally are within the immediate job area and solved through prior experiences or standard procedures.

Communication & Influence:

  • Collaborates with contacts typically within the job area to obtain information or provide explanations and interpretation. ​

Job Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school.

  • Licensed and in good standing to practice law in Utah, or admissible at the earliest opportunity (no later than 6 months from the position start date).

  • Up to 3 years of experience in active legal practice or other related experience or a combination of related learning and experience.

  • Ability to work in the Salt Lake City, UT office a minimum of 2 days per week

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience or desire to learn about legal practice in higher education or nonprofit organizations.

  • Broad educational and professional interests illustrating intellectual curiosity.



The University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.