Company: Princeton University
Posted on: August 7, 2022
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
ResponsibilitiesUniversity 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
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
- Have a strong record of accomplishment as a practicing
- Have a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school and extraordinary
- Be a licensed attorney in good standing, who is either licensed
in, or willing and able to become licensed in, the state of New
- 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
- Be willing and able to work full-time and in-person at the
Princeton University Office of the General Counsel in Princeton,
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
- 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
- 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 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.
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