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Job ID: 193536

University Counsel
Auburn University

Date Posted Sep. 1, 2022
Title University Counsel
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department General Counsel
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Other Administrative Categories
  • Legal

Job Summary
Auburn University’s Office of General Counsel seeks a University Counsel to engage in a challenging, wide-ranging transactional practice with an emphasis in real estate business transactions and complex commercial agreements. Such legal support may encompass a broad variety of issues related to facilities, real estate, commercial leases, construction and compliance, the acquisition and disposition of property, and legal issues pertaining to the design, construction, and delivery phases for both new construction and renovations. The University Counsel may be asked to advise on such transactions as public/private partnerships, hotel operating agreements, strategic financing, construction, and development agreements. The University Counsel may also act as a lead legal liaison on complex strategic commercial transactions that impact the institution, including agreements related to large scale professional services, housing and food service, apparel endorsements, pouring rights, information technology, revenue generating ventures, intellectual property, and other general business and transactional matters. The University Counsel will provide contract negotiation, drafting, strategic planning and client counseling services to University constituents and associated University entities. This person will work closely with all the attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel.

For this position, the Office of the General Counsel seeks an attorney who has substantial sophisticated transactional legal experience, strong drafting and negotiating skills, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. The University Counsel should have expertise as a corporate transactional/real estate attorney with the attitude of a generalist able to serve and support the institution in any assigned area of legal work. The ability to produce work comparable to that of experienced and sophisticated outside counsel is essential. The University Counsel should have advanced written communication skills and the ability to create and deliver effective materials and/or presentations appropriate to a particular audience, including university leadership, senior university officials, and university trustees. Also essential to this role are strong analytical and problem-solving abilities; initiative, intellectual curiosity, creativity, strategic common sense, and good judgment.

About Auburn: At Auburn, our work changes lives. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a premier public institution, Auburn University is dedicated to shaping the future of the people of Alabama, the nation, and the world through forward-thinking education, life-enhancing research, scholarship, and selfless service. Auburn is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, community outreach, positive work environment, student engagement, and thriving community.

Why employees choose Auburn: Auburn University was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the state of Alabama’s best employers, with employees staying an average of ten years. Employees enjoy competitive benefits that include top-notch health insurance, generous retirement plans, tuition assistance for employees and dependents, flexible spending accounts and more!
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Our Commitment: Auburn University is committed to a diverse and inclusive campus environment. Visit to learn more about our commitment to expanding equity and inclusion for all.
Essential Functions
Provide high quality, timely, creative, and solution-oriented counsel, including research, writing, advice and advocacy on complex transactional matters.
Negotiate and prepare legal documents for real estate and other complex commercial transactions.
Review and interpret proposed state and federal legislation.
Provide general legal and business advice as assigned by the General Counsel to meet the needs of the University.
Other responsibilities as assigned by the General Counsel.

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