University Counsel is the chief legal officer of the
University reporting directly to President Jonathan Koppell and
provides legal guidance to the President, Vice Presidents, and
Board of Trustees. University Counsel serves as the University’s
principal liaison with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and
with outside counsel.
University Counsel will serve as a key advisor to
President Koppell as he leads Montclair to be the model 21st
century public service research university.
University Counsel is responsible for providing
proactive legal advice and consultation on a wide range of
legal-policy matters, compliance, crisis management, and risk
management matters. In addition, University Counsel provides a wide
range of legal services, including federal and state statutory and
compliance obligations; business contracts related to procurement,
construction, and real estate transactions; employment;
intellectual property and technology transfer; international
employment and immigration law issues, law enforcement; open
records; and general higher education law.
University Counsel is responsible for supervising
litigation and the procurement and monitoring of outside legal
services; developing policies and regulations where there are legal
considerations; conducting legal research; and tracking
legislation, regulatory developments and court decisions that may
have an impact on the University.
- J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school.
- Membership in good standing in the New Jersey bar, or
eligibility to practice law in New Jersey as in-house counsel
pursuant to N.J.R. 1:27-2.
- Minimum of ten years of experience in positions relevant to
directing the legal affairs of a large, complex organization.
- Legal experience in public higher education and/or the public
- Litigation, compliance, and contract experience.
- Excellent research, writing and communication skills
- Strong representational and presentation skills
- Ability to function effectively in
a fast–paced environment with multiple
and changing priorities and objectives
- Ability to lead and manage a team effectively.
- Exceptional intelligence, good judgment, discretion, and
EQUITY & INCLUSION STATEMENT
Montclair State University is committed to establishing and
maintaining a diverse campus community that is representative of
the State of New Jersey through inclusive excellence and equal
opportunity. Montclair State University’s commitment to access and
equity is designed to prepare each graduate to thrive as a global
citizen. As an affirmative action, equal opportunity
institution we are working to support a campus-wide agenda to
foster a community that both values and promotes the varied voices
of our students, faculty, and staff. The University encourages
candidates to apply who will contribute to the cultural tapestry of
PROCEDURE FOR CANDIDACY
Applicants should include a resume and cover
letter describing how their background, skills and education match
the needs of the University. When applying, please take a moment to
carefully read and follow the steps in the application