During a period of transformational and historic growth, the Texas Tech University System is seeking and invites applications for a Vice Chancellor and General Counsel. The position requires an individual who can lead, manage and provide superior legal advice and counsel for a highly-complex, distinguished higher education system with four diverse universities and multiple campus locations.
- Serves as a senior member of executive leadership team, reporting directly to the Chancellor
- Responsible for representing and advising the Texas Tech University System and its component universities, Board of Regents, Chancellor, Presidents, officials, faculty and staff on any matter which, in the opinion of the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, could have a material impact on the institution(s)
- Provide daily administration and management of the Office of General Counsel.
- Responsible for legal work involving representation, contracting and advisement of legal matters regarding the Texas Tech University System and its four component universities
- Serve as an ex officio member of the Texas Tech Foundation Board of Directors
- Oversight and management of the Medical Self Insurance Plan
- Obtained a law degree
- License to practice law in the State of Texas
- 15 years of experience as a practicing attorney in general practice of law and litigation and/or public higher education law
Interested candidates must include a cover letter and résumé. Recruitment will continue until the position is filled.
- Report to and provide objective advice for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center administrators on complex legal issues.
- Prepares legal opinions, briefs, and other legal instruments. Assists in drafting contracts.
- Analyzes, negotiates and drafts specialized contracts of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
- Assists the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel or designee in case preparation and other legal duties.
- Applies accurate analysis and sound judgment to solve legal problems.
- Attends and advises various Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center committees. Works closely with administrators to advise and train campus leaders regarding how best to address personnel (staff/non-staff) matters to avoid litigation.
- Represents the institution in administrative hearings. Works closely and collaboratively with the Office of the Attorney General of Texas in matters related to litigation.
- Provides legal advice on a variety of issues including, but not limited to matters concerning the rights, obligations, and privileges of institutions of higher education, employment, healthcare, federal and state regulatory matters and contracting.
- LLB or JD degree. One year of legal experience.
- Ability to qualify for admission to practice before the Texas Bar if not presently admitted.
- Two to five years experience as a practicing attorney in the general practice of law, preferable with an emphasis in health care.
- Provide excellent client service.
- Draft, review, and advise regarding contracts of the Texas Tech University System and components.
- Maintain effective and open communication with co-workers.
- Advise clients regarding required procurement procedures for University components.
- Provide legal advice on a variety of issues including, but not limited to, matters concerning the rights, obligations, and privileges of institutions of higher education, employment, federal and state regulatory matters, and contracting.
- Advise officials, faculty or staff of Texas Tech University System and components.
- Knowledge of federal and state laws.
- Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
- Review and interpret laws, regulations, and internal policies affecting operations and administration.
- Effectively manage time in completing tasks on an immediate basis.
- Law School Graduate; three years experience as an attorney.
- License to Practice Law in the State of Texas
- Preferred five years experience as a practicing attorney in the general practice of law, transactional work, intellectual property law, and/or higher education law.