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About Vanderbilt University Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, TN, is a top-15 private research University offering a full-range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Created from an initial $1 million gift from Cornelius Vanderbilt, who envisioned a place that would “contribute to strengthening the ties that should exist between all sections of our common country,” Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff.
Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, and education and human development, as well as a full range of graduate and professional degrees. The combination of cutting- edge research, strength in the liberal arts, and nationally-recognized schools of education, medicine, law, business, engineering, nursing, and divinity, creates an invigorating atmosphere where students tailor their educational experiences to meet their goals and researchers collaborate to solve complex questions affecting health, culture, and society.
Vanderbilt provides a gateway to greatness, drawing the best and brightest students from across the nation and around the world. Vanderbilt alumni can be found in Congress, on the judicial bench, among the list of Nobel laureates, heading corporations, conducting innovative medical research, writing for and appearing on the stage and screen, and playing in the NFL and major league baseball.
The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelors, masters, education specialists and doctoral degrees. Vanderbilt is a member of the Association of American Universities.
About the Office of the General Counsel The Office of the General Counsel oversees a wide range of complex legal matters for the University. The office provides timely and responsive legal advice to support Vanderbilt’s goals in research and education, delivered with integrity, intelligence and empathy. Our dedicated staff offers proactive and collaborative solutions to the wide range of legal matters affecting the University. The office carries out their responsibilities in an ethical way that furthers the University’s values of equality, excellence, compassion, and intellectual freedom.
About the Position & Responsibilities The Deputy General Counsel is part of the Office of the General Counsel at Vanderbilt University and is a senior leader responsible for providing client advice for numerous departments and leading high-profile special projects. This position will provide strategic counsel to help the University navigate significant legal challenges, including large transactional projects, complex litigation, and government investigations. Reporting directly to the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, the Deputy General Counsel will work closely with the General Counsel and the Legal Operations Chief to set strategic goals, manage and supervise the distribution of legal work within the Office of the General Counsel, and oversee relationships with outside counsel.
The Deputy General Counsel works with key campus leaders to advise on strategic decisions facing the University. A successful candidate must demonstrate not only legal knowledge, but judgment, analytical speed, a collaborative nature, and the ability to deliver timely, clear, and concise work product. Aptitude for analyzing complex problems, the ability to work well with others, and excellent writing skills are all critical for this role.
Responsibilities of the Deputy General Counsel will include:
Collaboration with multiple areas of the University to resolve issues and concerns raised by students, faculty, staff, parents, patients, alumni, and the community as needed.
Oversee, evaluate and develop legal staff. Manage and supervise the coordination of OGC legal assignments in a manner that ensures timely client response.
Represent the University on a variety of subjects, including labor and employment matters.
Assist in drafting and reviewing Board of Trust legal reports and other legal documents to ensure a cohesive structure.
Confer with Vanderbilt leadership on matters involving legal interpretation and decisions related to operations and policy questions.
Work collaboratively with other colleagues in the Office of General Counsel, as needed, to develop and compose presentation materials and speeches for the Vice Chancellor.
Manage litigation including but not limited to participation in settlement negotiations, attendance at depositions and other court related matters, investigations, and witness preparation.
Research and analyze complex legal issues.
Engage and manage outside counsel as needed to represent the University.
Draft legal memoranda.
Develop and engage in training for University components.
Supervisory Relationships: This position does have supervisory responsibility, overseeing a team of 6 attorneys; this position reports administratively and functionally to the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel.
Profile of an Ideal Candidate: At least 8 years of legal experience is required. 12+ years of experience preferred.
Evidence of outstanding communication skills - verbal and written - and the ability to establish and maintain collegial and productive working relationships across the University, including the predisposition to listen to and learn from colleagues and clients, is necessary.
Experience with or exposure to legal issues relating to higher education is strongly preferred.
Experience managing outside litigation counsel is necessary.
Ability to identify, lead, and mentor outstanding and diverse talent is necessary.
Writing Sample Required A formal writing sample must be submitted to receive consideration. Writing sample should be less than 10 pages and demonstrate legal analytical skills. Content is flexible.
Living and Working in Nashville Nashville is consistently ranked as one of the best places in America to live and work. It is the largest city in Tennessee, and a recognized center for music, healthcare, publishing, banking, and technology services. The climate is moderate, with four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. There is no personal income tax on earnings in Tennessee, saving the average relocating family between 3% and 10% of income – or a savings of $3,000 to $10,000 for every $100,000 earned.
The 10-county Nashville region is home to more than 1.8 million people and 40,000 businesses, with the city attracting more diverse new business from across the country than any city its size over the past 20 years.
The region is adding about 10,000 – 20,000 new jobs every year, in all sectors. Recently, Forbes ranked Nashville as the third best positioned city “to grow and prosper in the coming decade.” Nashville has over 12,000 acres of beautiful parks and a thriving, walkable downtown with a free bus and a bike-sharing system providing access to over 200 downtown restaurants and 124 performance venues for live music and the performing and visual arts.
The “arts participation” rate is nearly five times the national average. And, with 111,379 students in 18 colleges and universities, Nashville is the third largest college town in America.
Community Highlights in and around the Metropolitan Area:
Vanderbilt named #85 on “America’s Best Large Employers”, the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area for the 2nd year in a row, and as one of “America’s Best Employers for Women” in 2019 (Forbes)
Ranked #4 “Brain Magnet” for gains in people with college educations
Ranked #7 as “Best City for Finding Employment Right Now” (Forbes)
Ranked #17 as “Best Place for Business and Careers” (Forbes)
The Gulch, an urban mixed-use neighborhood in downtown Nashville, is the first “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) certified platinum neighborhood in America
Nashville is home to two of the top 100 K-12 public schools in America. (S. News & World Report)
Successful and well-respected NFL and NHL franchises
World-class symphony has received 13 GRAMMY® nominations and six wins
Ranked #1 “live music scene in America” (Rolling Stone)