Utah State University

Associate General Counsel

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(5/27/2022 10:35 AM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
Legal Affairs
Vice President-Legal Affairs
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Reporting directly to the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel and representing Utah State University (“USU”), attorneys in USU’s Office of General Counsel advise on a variety of complex legal matters affecting higher education and USU.  Consistent with skills and interests, this associate general counsel position will advise on topics such as public records requests and management, policy development and advisement, hearing and grievance processes, state and federal regulatory requirements, and other matters assigned by the General Counsel. In carrying out these duties, this position may also advise cross-functional committees and task forces.


This position will be based in Logan, but responsibilities may involve service to all campuses and centers in the University system.


This position is eligible for hybrid telework within the state of Utah, subject to USU’s policy and procedures. Telework outside of the state of Utah is subject to review and approval by the University before a job offer is extended.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides timely, accessible, responsive, and sound legal advice and other legal services to University constituencies in a collaborative professional environment on the full array of legal issues arising in the context of higher education.
  • Performs legal and factual research and analyses.
  • Prepares and reviews legal correspondence and documents.
  • Assists with the drafting of rules, policies, procedures, and other administrative documents.
  • Provides training on legal interpretations and issues to University administrators, staff, and designated representatives.
  • Reviews and tracks pending legislation at the state and federal levels.
  • Reviews and/or approves contracts and agreements as to legality and form and makes recommendations for approval of legal documents.
  • May represent the University in grievances, agency actions, or arbitrations.
  • Advise internal hearing and grievance panels.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the General Counsel.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school;
  • Strong academic credentials;
  • Current license to practice law in Utah, or eligibility within three months of hire; If Licensed in another state, must be in good standing with the State Bar of that state (or those states) and be willing and able to become licensed in Utah within six months;
  • Personal and professional integrity.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  1. Ability to create, compose, and edit legal correspondence, memoranda, and other written materials.
  2. Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
  3. Ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions.
  4. Ability to represent University officials in administrative proceedings.
  5. Ability to draft legal documents, such as pleadings, legal responses, affidavits, position statements, and briefs.
  6. Ability to draft policies, procedures, and other administrative documents.
  7. Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  8. Ability to be sensitive to and understand the special nature of working in an academic institution where the need for a collaborative working style, flexibility, adaptability, and patience is critical to success.
  9. Ability to develop and implement legal strategies and solutions.
  10. Knowledge of contract documents and specifications.
  11. Knowledge of current and developing legal issues and trends.
  12. Knowledge of the principles and procedures of legal research.
  13. Knowledge of process requirements of administrative hearings and litigation.
  14. Knowledge of legal documentation procedures and requirements.
  15. Excellent judgment and legal skills.
  16. Intercultural competence, awareness, and communication; demonstrated commitment to inclusion.
  17. Exceptional communication and relationship-building skills, and the ability to establish and maintain collegial and collaborative working relationships within the office and across the University and the System.
  18. Ability to exercise independent legal judgment and provide sound legal advice in a high-volume and fast-paced environment.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV - Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Resume/CV".
  2. Minimum five (5) professional references with contact information completed in Candidate Profile.
  3. Cover Letter - Cover Letter describing the minimum and preferred qualifications for the position and your interest in serving as Associate General Counsel at an R1 land-grant university to be typed/pasted at the end of your application.

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 04/18/2022


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