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Assistant General Counsel

Appalachian State University
Job Location:
Boone, North Carolina
Legal Affairs
Boone, NC

Faculty Rank: No

Provide Rank: n/a

Position Number: 063751

Department: Office of General Counsel - 605000

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications
  1. Must possess a law degree from an accredited law school and with one to three years of experience as a practicing attorney/and or judicial clerk;
  2. Must be admitted to the North Carolina Bar or be admitted to the bar of another state and prepared to seek immediate admission in North Carolina;
  3. Well-developed analytic and writing skills. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  4. Must possess high ethical standards, mature judgment, and the capacity to foster; constructive outcomes in a complex environment involving an array of distinct stakeholders and faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds;
  5. Must have collegial working style, sound judgment, superior intellectual capacity, flexibility, and creativity;
  6. Must have computer skills sufficient for creating, editing, and publishing legal memoranda, briefs, contracts, and other work products.
License/Certification Required

North Carolina Bar membership in good standing, or licensure in good standing in another state on the date of initial employment and licensure to practice law in North Carolina within one year of the initial date of employment pursuant to The University of North Carolina Policy Manual, Section 300.1.3.

Preferred Qualifications
  1. Relevant experience working for an educational institution
  2. Focused experience in one or more of the following areas is also preferred:
    • Higher education legal issues, such as student affairs, Title IX, FERPA, and constitutional issues;
    • Public policy development and review;
    • Employment law (including FMLA/OFLA, ADA, discrimination, and similar issues); and
    • Contract review and drafting (particularly for higher education or governmental clients).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Assistant General Counsel position will function as a junior generalist, providing legal research and advice on various matters affecting Appalachian.
  • Must demonstrate high ethical standards, including a strong work ethic, honesty, and integrity;
  • Identify and resolve legal issues;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in fulfillment of the university's mission;
  • Employ excellent listening, oral, and written communication skills; interpersonal skills;
  • Research and analytical skills, and reasoned judgment;
  • Prioritize tasks, organize work and supervise staff in the fulfillment of the office mission;
  • Combine legal considerations with program and policy objectives in the development of practical solutions that meet client needs;
  • Utilize word processing and related skills to create, edit, and publish legal memoranda, briefs, contracts, and other work products.
Type of Position: Full Time Position

Staff/Non-Faculty: Staff/Non-Faculty

Appointment Type: 1.0

Work Schedule/Hours
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (may vary according to office commitments)

Number of Hours Per Week: 40 (may vary according to office commitments)

Number of Months Per Year: 12

Mandatory Staff: No

Suggested Salary Range: $90,000-$100,000

Physical Demands of Position

Walking: Ability to get to meetings in other offices in same and other buildings across campus.
Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than the whole hand as in handling.
Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those
activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or
without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make meaningful discriminations in sound.
Repetitive motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hand, and/or

Posting Date: 07/27/2022

Open Until Filled: Yes

Evaluation of Applications Begins

Proposed Date of Hire: 10/03/2022

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach required documents:
Cover Letter
List a minimum of 3 professional references in the application or attach a List of References with Contact Information

Search Chair Name
Crawford Cleveland

Search Chair Email

Disability Accommodation Information

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Maranda Maxey, Director & ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

Background Check Statement

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Eligibility for Employment

Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed. This position may or may not be eligible for H-1B sponsorship; EHRA positions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. To request further information about sponsorship for this position, please contact International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach at

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