Administrative University Counsel
About the Office of the General Counsel
The OGC is organized philosophically and practically as a collaborative undertaking, recognizing that each member of the office has made a deliberate and informed professional and personal choice to be a higher education attorney. The OGC is run with a view both to delivering prompt and excellent legal services to its University clients and to empowering each attorney to practice in a way that allows the attorney to grow and thrive. The OGC enables and encourages each of its attorneys to be, and be seen as, significant colleagues in all areas and at all levels of the University, and to embrace the shared passion and satisfaction of the institution’s efforts to achieve the highest levels of excellence.
The OGC prides itself on being a collaborative group of 21st century counselors, often serving as thought partners to colleagues throughout the University. As such, the expectations of the office generally, and of its lawyers, are dynamic, not static — OGC attorneys must be flexible, intellectually agile, and prepared to embrace and master new areas of the law as University needs evolve and demand.
Each OGC attorney serves multiple University constituencies and maintains a generalist practice, with expertise in specific areas. While OGC regularly engages outside counsel, the desire and presumption is that a University Counsel will serve the University as a lawyer, not a conduit. Thus, before contacting external counsel, the University Counsel will first consider whether the matter can be handled internally.
About Princeton University
Princeton University, chartered in 1746, is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. It aspires to produce scholarship and teaching of unsurpassed quality and routinely ranks as one of the top universities in the United States and the world. Princeton believes that research and teaching should be mutually reinforcing pursuits rather than independent priorities, and the University plays a unique role within American higher education by virtue of its distinctive emphasis on residential undergraduate and doctoral programs. Princeton’s beautiful campus is home to a vibrant community of scholars and is located in Princeton, NJ, a town rich in cultural resources that is about an hour away from New York City and Philadelphia, the New Jersey beaches and the mountains.
The University community, including an active and deeply loyal alumni body, is warm, inclusive and united by a shared sense of purpose. A commitment to the University’s unofficial motto, “Princeton in the nation’s service and in the service of humanity” is pervasive. Today, a world-class faculty of 1,289 faculty members (including several Nobel Prize laureates) instruct approximately 5,300 undergraduate students and 2,900 graduate students. Deeply committed to affordability for all admitted students, the University pioneered a no-loan financial aid program in 2001. Currently, more than 60 percent of undergraduate students receive financial aid.
University Counsel Position Summary
The Office of the General Counsel of Princeton University (OGC) is adding a new University Counsel position, thereby creating a rare and extraordinary opportunity for a lawyer with stellar credentials and at least 8 (eight) years of relevant legal experience to join the Princeton legal team. Currently, the OGC has nine attorneys (Vice President & General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, four University Counsel, two Associate University Counsel, and one Assistant University Counsel), and three administrative support professionals. We are seeking to add a 10th attorney to supplement existing in-house expertise. The successful candidate will have at least eight (8) years of legal practice experience, including at least three years as a federal prosecutor or federal public defender, or have equivalent experience in a law enforcement setting such as the Office of Inspector General of a federal agency, a state Attorney General’s office, or in the General Counsel’s office of a federal grant-making agency. Further information about the position, the OGC and Princeton University follows below.
The position will keep abreast of and counsel University clients on evolving federal and state regulatory requirements, provide or assist in providing relevant training to faculty and staff, support clients conducting internal investigations, and manage internal reviews as well as inquiries initiated by federal and state governmental entities. The position will also assist in litigation management and provide legal support in other substantive areas as required by the University’s operational needs and consistent with the successful candidates’ interests and experience.
To be considered, candidates must:
- Have at least eight (8) years of relevant legal practice experience, including at least three (3) years in an enforcement setting or as a federal public defender (see below);
- Have practiced law in an enforcement setting such as a U.S. Attorney’s Office or a Federal Public Defender’s Office, the Office of Inspector General of a federal agency, a state Attorney General office, or in the General Counsel’s office of a federal grant-making agency;
- Have a strong record of accomplishment as a practicing attorney;
- Have a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school and extraordinary academic credentials;
- Be a licensed attorney in good standing, who is either licensed in, or willing and able to become licensed in, the state of New Jersey; and
- Have demonstrated outstanding judgment, the highest ethical standards and the capacity to deal effectively with a widely varied array of legal issues.
- Successfully complete the University’s background check.
- Be willing and able to work full-time and in-person at the Princeton University Office of the General Counsel in Princeton, NJ.
University Counsel Preferred Qualifications
- A sense of urgency and responsiveness when dealing with clients and an ability to handle multiple tasks focused on University objectives in a timely manner.
- The ability to work independently and on project oriented teams with minimum supervision, while adhering to pre-established parameters.
- A creative and collegial approach to problem-solving and a willingness to engage in clear and transparent dialogue about both legal and non-legal issues.
- Excellent communication and diplomacy skills, oral and written, including superb listening and influencing skills.
- The ability to perform effectively, calmly and collegially under pressure.
- A consummate team player who is solutions-oriented, with a demonstrated ability to build relationships.
Please apply online through the Princeton University Careers page. Applications sent to the OGC directly or through other University offices will not be considered.
Compensation and Benefits
The selected candidate will receive comprehensive Princeton University benefits, and may apply for University rental housing options. A relocation package is available if the selected candidate comes from outside the Princeton, N.J. area.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW