Attorneys in Charlotte's Office of Legal Affairs have challenging, wide-ranging practices and must be able to handle multiple, unrelated matters concurrently. The Research Counsel incumbent must be able to complete complex projects both independently and with direction from the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Integrity and General Counsel and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel. The Research Counsel incumbent will be the primary attorney on research-related matters for the Office of Legal Affairs and will work closely alongside the other attorneys in the Office of Legal Affairs as well as administrators and staff in Charlotte's Division of Research.
The Research Counsel incumbent will provide legal advice and assistance on all legal aspects of research at an urban research university, including intellectual property, compliance, export controls, conflicts of interest, and other issues integral to the institution's research mission.
The Research Counsel incumbent will have other duties/focus areas as assigned by the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Integrity and General Counsel, and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel based on personal experience and institutional need. As with all attorneys in the Office of Legal Affairs, the Research Counsel incumbent will be expected to research, provide advice on, and draft communications and legal documents regarding the full range of state and federal laws, regulations, and policies applicable to a UNC constituent institution.
Minimum Experience / Education:
J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
Associate General Counsel requires at least 5 years of relevant, post-law school experience.
Senior Associate General Counsel requires 10 years of relevant, post-law school experience.
Prior experience advising on research and intellectual property matters as an attorney for a university (or commensurate in-house or law firm experience) is required.
Preferred Education Skills and Experience:
Ten years of relevant, post-law school experience is preferred.
Experience in a higher education environment is strongly preferred.
Excellent written communication skills; strong verbal and written communication skills in presenting complex legal principles in layman's terms to senior administrators, staff, and faculty.
Strong interpersonal and listening skills and experience interfacing with a wide variety of key stakeholders; a strong collaborator and team-oriented.
Strong work ethic with a positive attitude. Self-starter, quick study, and ability to manage deadlines.
High moral and ethical standards that reflect honesty, integrity, and reliability.
UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research institution. Our campus is located in the piedmont of North Carolina, just two hours from the mountains and three hours from the Atlantic Ocean. A large public university with a small college feel, more than 27,200 students consider UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus their home away from home.