Washburn University is accepting nominations and applications for the position of University Counsel. This individual reports directly to the President as a member of the President's Executive Staff, and serves as the chief legal advisor to the President, administrators, and the Washburn Board of Regents, providing legal advice and counsel on all matters affecting the legal rights and responsibilities of the University.
The University Counsel provides leadership and legal advice on a wide range of matters involving higher education law. Representative areas of focus addressed by the University Counsel include the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, University policies and regulations, employment and labor law, civil rights, contracts, bankruptcy, and open meetings and open records laws. The University Counsel also works closely with outside counsel on litigation involving the University in federal and state courts and in administrative agencies
REQUIRED: J.D. from an ABA accredited law school and at least ten years of professional legal experience. Licensure to practice law in the state of Kansas or eligible for immediate licensure upon appointment. Familiarity with a broad array of legal issues that arise in a public higher education setting. Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a part of an institutional leadership team; employ exceptionally strong judgment and appropriate discretion; and adapt to a diverse, rapidly-changing, and intellectually challenging work environment. Candidates must also exhibit a collaborative work style, well developed organizational and communication skills, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the highest degree of integrity and professionalism.
PREFERRED: Prior experience as legal counsel in public higher education with demonstrated mastery of issues outlined in the Position Summary.
Interested individuals should send confidential inquiries and/or application materials to Rugena Hall, c/o President’s Office, 202 Morgan Hall, Washburn University, 1700 SW College, Topeka, KS 66621. The application must include a resume, letter explaining the candidate's interest in and qualifications for the position, transcripts, names and contact information for three references in a position to address the applicant's experience and qualifications, and a Resume Supplement. References will not be contacted without permission of the applicant.
Review of resumes will begin January 6, 2014, and continue until a suitably qualified candidate has been selected. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Excellent fringe benefits package.
Employment at Washburn University may be conditioned upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. Arrest information is not considered in the selection process.
TO ENRICH EDUCATION THROUGH DIVERSITY, WASHBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. CANDIDATES FROM UNDER-REPRESENTED GROUPS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.