Simmons University — Assistant / Associate General Counsel

Assistant / Associate General Counsel

Main Campus – Boston, MA

Located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to prepare women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women's undergraduate program and graduate programs open to all.

You're joining our community at an especially exciting time as one of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. You'll find that people who work here are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace.

Job Summary:

Simmons University is seeking applications to join the Office of the General Counsel as an Assistant/Associate General Counsel (“AGC”). Simmons is looking for an experienced attorney to provide legal support on the wide range of legal issues facing an institution of higher education. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience analyzing complex legal issues and offering appropriate guidance; exercising excellent judgment; using exceptional communication skills; and handling multiple matters simultaneously while working independently to achieve the strategic goals and objectives of the University.

As a member of a small legal team, the AGC will be expected to provide counsel on a wide range of issues related to higher education, including providing advice on the transactional side of the University's business dealings through the review of contracts and other agreements. This individual will be expected to provide timely and comprehensive legal advice to a range of constituencies, including the University President and senior administrators, the Board of Trustees, and University faculty and staff. This person will serve as a trusted advisor to the General Counsel.

This position reports directly to the General Counsel & Secretary to the Board.

Essential Functions:

Key responsibilities, include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Draft, review, negotiate, and offer advice regarding University contracts in a manner that balances the University's legal interests while also promoting the strategic and business objectives of the institution. Contract review may include areas such as: procurement, personal services, licensing, academic partnerships, corporate sponsorships, consulting agreement, and agreements related to intellectual property;
  • Maintain a current understanding of the local, state, and federal laws and regulations that apply to the University, interpret the application of such laws and regulations, and also educate other members of the University community about them;
  • Advise senior leaders on areas of legal risk and exposure, and how to best manage that risk with still achieving the strategic priorities of the institution;
  • Work with the General Counsel and Secretary to the Board to provide support for the operations of the Simmons University Board of Trustees, including advising on governance matters;
  • Develop and provide training on legal and compliance issues that impact the University;
  • Support and contribute to the University's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Address other legal matters and perform other duties as assigned by the General Counsel, including managing internal investigations when the need arises.

The successful candidate must possess:

  • The ability to address complex legal issues with sound judgment and strong analytical skills, while keeping the University's strategic plan and goals in mind;
  • A demonstrated capacity to work with confidence with senior leaders of the University, as well as members of the Board of Trustees. This includes the ability to build trust and credibility with University leaders, and operate in a highly professional and collegial manner;
  • A proven track record of managing multiple projects simultaneously under pressure, while prioritizing accordingly and always exercising excellent judgment;
  • Exceptional judgment, which includes exercising confidentiality and discretion and practicing law in a manner that reflects honesty, integrity and reliability;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • J.D. degree from an accredited law school;
  • Licensed to practice law in accordance with Massachusetts state bar requirements or must be admitted to the Massachusetts state bar within 9 months. Must be a member in good standing of all state bars where licensed to practice law;
  • 4-8 years of relevant experience with either a law firm or in-house legal department.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 8+ years of relevant experience;
  • Prior experience working within an institution of higher education.

This position is eligible for partial remote work, subject to business needs requiring on-campus presence.

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Salary Grade

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the Application Materials box on page 2 (“My Experience”) of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

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Located in Boston’s historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example – sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.