Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Senior Vice President and General Counsel. The successful candidate will report directly to the President and will serve as the Chief Legal Officer for the whole University, including the Rutgers boards, president, senior officers, and other officials and units. The Senior Vice President and General Counsel will lead the Office of General Counsel, which currently consists of 18 other attorneys, three legal assistants, and other supporting staff, primarily located in New Brunswick, with some located in Newark as well. The General Counsel will also oversee all outside legal counsel retained to represent the University, and will participate substantially in medical and other claims and risk management. The General Counsel will be a key legal, policy, and business advisor on matters of importance to the University, including participation in strategic discussions and major transactions.

Qualifications. The successful candidate must have graduated from an accredited school of law and be a member of the New Jersey Bar or be eligible to practice law in the State of New Jersey within one year. A minimum of ten years of legal practice is required. Relevant university, academic health center, and government or public legal knowledge and practice, for fifteen or more years, is highly desired. The highest intellectual, ethical, and practice standards and outstanding leadership characteristics of teamwork, inclusiveness, and excellence will be expected.

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The University is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Applications should consist of a focused and substantive cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, e-mails, and current phone numbers of five professional references. References will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications and nominations are to be submitted in confidence to The position will remain open until filled, but only applications received by November 18, 2015, will be assured full consideration. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Vice President & Senior Consultant William F. Howard at or Associate Consultant Chris Butler at

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