The University of Maine System — Assistant General Counsel, Higher Education Generalist

General Counsel – SCOUN

Orono, ME

The University of Maine System is seeking to hire an Assistant General Counsel, Higher Education Generalist. Acting under the oversight of the Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, the position incumbent will be primarily responsible for providing advice and counsel regarding a broad range of matters involving University of Maine System faculty, staff, and student employees and labor unions, including, but not limited to: student, faculty, and staff conduct; campus operations; litigation defense; investigations; Title IX; diversity, equity and inclusion; and university policies and procedures. More generally, the position incumbent will exercise independent judgment to provide timely legal advice to UMS universities and personnel, expanding preventative legal education, and supporting UMS personnel with regard to addressing legal matters affecting higher education and System enterprise risk management as appropriate.

The Office of General Counsel is a dedicated team of professionals and seeks applicants interested in meeting and exceeding standards of excellence in a diverse team environment. This work will involve forming long-term, actively communicative, collaborative partnerships with various university stakeholder groups. It will also involve the ability to successfully provide legal advice and counsel in an operationally complex environment with many competing priorities.

The University of Maine System is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination. We actively seek diverse ideas, backgrounds, perspectives and skills, recognizing that our differences make us stronger.

We are committed to an environment of respect and safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate in our workplace unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.

We strongly encourage applications from members of marginalized communities. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply and value people of all races, genders (including gender identity or expression), sexual orientations, marital statuses, disabilities, citizenships, ages, religions, and national origins. We value differences in lived experiences.

The work location is in Orono at the University of Maine campus.

Salary commensurate with experience plus a 10% employer contribution to the UMS retirement plan. Additional benefits include medical, dental, vision, and tuition waiver programs for employees and dependents. The UMS is a recipient of the Wellness Councils of America’s Well Workplace Award and offers a wellness program.

Review of applications begins immediately.  For full consideration materials must be submitted by April 9, 2021. Applications received after that date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

About the University:
Established in 1968, the University of Maine System (UMS) unites six distinctive public universities, comprising 10 campuses and numerous centers, in the common purpose of providing quality higher education while delivering on its traditional tripartite mission of teaching, research, and public service. A comprehensive public institution of higher education, UMS serves more than 30,000 students annually and is supported by the efforts of more than 2,000 full-time and part-time faculty, more than 3,000 regular full-time and part-time staff, and a complement of part-time temporary (adjunct) faculty. Reaching more than 500,000 people annually through educational and cultural offerings, the University of Maine System also benefits from more than two-thirds of its alumni population residing within the state; more than 123,000 individuals.The System consists of six universities: The University of Maine (UMaine), including its regional campus the University of Maine at Machias (UMM); the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA); the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF); the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK), the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI); and the University of Southern Maine (USM).  The System also includes the University of Maine School of Law and the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center.  

University of Maine
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s land grant and sea grant university. As the state’s only public research university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast with nearly 100 majors and academic programs. It attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and more than 60 countries. It currently enrolls more than 11,400 undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in research, working with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn graduate certificates, master’s, doctoral or professional science master’s degrees. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • Strong organization, communication, professional relationship and team skills and legal research and writing skills.
  • Display strong analytic and strategic thinking; for instance, by formulating effective strategies consistent with University goals and objectives, examining policy issues, developing strategic plans to accomplish objectives, setting priorities and anticipating potential threats and opportunities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with faculty, staff, students, University officials, and union representatives.
  • Ability to anticipate and identify the need for action and to plan, supervise, and execute appropriate assignments with minimal guidance or supervision.
  • Ability to exercise legal judgment that requires little to no supervision.
  • Dedicated to consistently acting in accordance with professional ethical standards.
  • Ability to act independently in the absence of the Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.



  • JD or LLB Required. License to practice in Maine or licensure within 1 year.
  • At least one year of post-JD legal experience.


  • Experience working with a public entity or higher education institution.
  • Experience working in both law firm and in-house environments.
  • Two plus years post-JD legal experience.

Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

The successful applicant is subject to appropriate background screening.

Fiscal Year (12 Months)

Required Documents:
Cover Letter, Resume/CV

The University of Maine System is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Office of Equal Opportunity, University of  Maine, 101 North Stevens Hall, Orono, ME  04469 207-581-1226.  TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).