Department: Office of General Counsel Salary/Grade: EXS/15
About the Office
Northwestern is a comprehensive research university that is deeply interdisciplinary across multiple schools and units. Our rigorous yet empathetic academic environment provides a robust mixture of theory and practice, with an emphasis on top-tier research, new knowledge, creative expression and practical application. If you are at Northwestern, you are part of an innovative, collaborative, and multidimensional community delivering an impact that is rare in higher education.
A private institution established in 1851, Northwestern’s main campus is located in Evanston, Illinois with further campuses in Chicago, Illinois and Doha, Qatar, all of which comprise 12 colleges and schools. It is one of only four top 10 US universities also ranked in the top 20 in each of the five graduate education categories. Notably, the University is affiliated with an academic medical center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) provides legal services to Northwestern University and represents the University in a wide range of legal matters and advises on a complex array of issues. The Office is responsible for foreseeing and protecting the University against legal risks
This key lawyer within OGC will focus on providing advice and counsel relating to general litigation, compliance, and regulatory matters with a focus on healthcare and academic medical center issues. The AGC will also provide legal support related to avoidance of litigation, insurance and risk management issues, and investigations. Other parts of the portfolio will include supporting the Office of Research with advice in areas such as HIPAA, the Institutional Review Board (IRB), clinical trials, and FDA approvals as well as supporting Athletics with respect to medical issues and Student Health. In addition, the AGC will review contracts, assist with policy development and implementation, and other duties as assigned
Litigating and defending the University in legal matters filed in administrative agencies and courts as well as responding to subpoenas, including active management of outside counsel and other vendors
Advising various University clients regarding healthcare and research topics such as: academic medical center issues; tort claims; student health; clinical trials; IRB; FDA; research compliance; and athletics medical issues
Managing risk and insurance matters.
Providing counsel on all manner of privacy concerns, including HIPAA and data privacy issues
Assisting the General Counsel and collaborating with OGC colleagues in various other matters, as assigned, to include identifying and analyzing legal issues as they arise; drafting key documents; negotiating and reviewing contracts and University policies
Other duties as assigned
Admitted or immediately admissible to the Illinois bar and must be able to work collegially in a fast-paced environment
Minimum of five years’ legal experience either within a college/university environment, a hospital, or with a law firm. Litigation experience strongly preferred
Achievement/Action Oriented-Willing or likely to take practical action to deal with a problem or situation. They should also possess a record of achievement and increasing responsibility with the ability to work independently on multiple tasks.
Communication-Communicates strategically to achieve specific objectives (e.g., considers optimal "messaging" and timing of communication). Uses varied vehicles and opportunities to promote dialogue and develop shared understanding and consensus. Maintains continuous, open and consistent with others. Checks own understanding through paraphrasing and asking questions.
Customer and Personal Service-Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment (and working with employees at all levels of the organization), meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Critical and Analytical Thinking-Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Ability to review and dissect information and can apply basic compensation analytic concepts and calculations.
Judgment and Decision Making-Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Problem Sensitivity-The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Complex Problem Solving-Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
Technology-Possess working knowledge of the use of technology to streamline processes with a specific emphasis on the Microsoft Office suite of products.
Law and Government-Advanced knowledge of laws and the regulatory environment of the education sector.
Healthcare experience in a law firm and/or hospital setting.
Experience with litigation
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 39957
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.