JOB: ASU General Counsel’s Office

Job Description
Job Title: Associate General Counsel
Job ID: 21071
Location: Tempe campus
Full/Part time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

College/Division – VP University Administration and Legal Affairs

Scope of Search – Open to Public

Grant Funded Position – This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Posted Rate of Pay – DOE

Duties and Responsibilities

The Associate General Counsel is responsible for providing a high level of professional legal service by representing and advising the Arizona Board of Regents and the University on a broad range of education law, research enterprise, technology transfer and other legal matters. This position will concentrate primarily on supporting ASU’s research compliance and other research related activities including providing support to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Affairs. Responsibilities include structuring complex transactions and relationships, negotiating, drafting, reviewing and approving research-related contracts, advising on cost transfers, human and animal subject research, scientific integrity, clinical trials, export control, research misconduct, technology transfer and other regulatory matters. In addition, the attorney will provide opinions on research grants and sponsored programs administration, HIPAA, and other local, state, federal and ABOR regulations or policies impacting research at Arizona State. This position will assist in developing rules governing employee participation in companies using university research facilities for commercial purposes and will review agreements for risk assessment, conflict management, equity ownership and other issues arising from potential conflicts of interest. This position will also assist with the development of educational training programs for administrators, faculty, and staff relating to research compliance issues. This position interacts regularly with senior level administration and with state, local, and federal regulatory offices. DAYS AND SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM

Minimum Qualifications

J.D. or L.L.B. degree from an ABA accredited law school and six (6) years of experience in the practice of law, including experience in the primary practice area(s) designated by the Vice President and General Counsel. Must be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona within twelve (12) months of hire.

Desired Qualifications

Experience in a diverse and complex environment working with the following: research and regulatory issues; technology licensing; export controls; intellectual property law; licensing; structuring; negotiating; drafting complex transactions and agreements relevant to a complex public research university; strong legal research abilities; effective verbal and written communication skills; advocacy and problem solving skills.

Department Statement/Gen Info

The principal office is located in the ASU Fulton Center, at 300 E. University Drive, Suite 335, Tempe, Arizona. OGC maintains satellite offices at the Polytechnic, West, and Downtown Phoenix campuses. For information on admission to the state of Arizona bar, including the new registration process that is available for in-house counsel, please visit and the website for the Arizona Supreme Court ASU offers competitive benefits to its eligible employees including vacation time, paid holidays, sick leave, self & dependents reduced tuition, retirement, group life insurance, long-term disability coverage, medical insurance programs, flexible benefits plan and dental insurance plans. To find out more about our benefits please go to With more than 60,000 undergraduate and graduate students across four campuses, Arizona State University is a comprehensive public research university located in one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States. ASU’s historic Tempe campus is home to research-based academic disciplines. At the West campus, ASU offers students interdisciplinary programs for broad learning experiences. At the Polytechnic campus, students approach professional and technological programs through project based learning. The Downtown Phoenix campus, the university’s newest location, is focused on programs with public purpose. Regardless of location ASU’s mission is the same; outstanding education. Attorneys within the Office of General Counsel provide services at all campuses and at multiple locations at the Tempe campus. For more information about the Office of General Counsel visit our web site at

Background Check Statement – ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Standard Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 64,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe. Arizona State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Close Date – October 15, 2008

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 11:59pm Arizona time on the day indicated. To apply, visit Complete the required information and attach a single document, which includes: a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three professional references. Resume should include all employment in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position. REQUESTED MATERIAL MUST BE IN ONE ATTACHMENT. Only electronic applications are accepted for this position. If you need assistance applying for this job, please contact our customer service center at 480-965-2701. ASU does not pay candidates for travel expenses associated with interviewing, unless otherwise indicated by the department at the time of call for interview.