Assistant or Associate General Counsel - Research

University of North Carolina at Charlotte   Charlotte, NC   Full-time     Legal
Posted on July 10, 2024
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Position Announcement: University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Assistant or Associate General Counsel - Research

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. Attorneys in the Office of Legal Affairs provide comprehensive legal advice and assistance to UNC Charlotte, and have challenging, wide- ranging practices that often require handling multiple unrelated—and often unfamiliar—matters concurrently.

The Research Counsel must be able to complete complex projects both independently and with direction from the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Integrity and General Counsel and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel. The Research Counsel will be the primary attorney on research-related matters for the Office of Legal Affairs, including human subjects, export control, conflicts of interest, intellectual property, nondisclosure and license agreements, and other sponsored research matters, and will work closely alongside the other attorneys in the Office of Legal Affairs as well as administrators and staff in Charlotte’s Division of Research.

Depending on prior work experience, the selected candidate will either be positioned as Assistant or Associate General Counsel. Individuals with experience interpreting and applying complex regulations (even if not research-related) or with engineering, technology, or science degrees are encouraged to apply.

Candidates are requested to attach a cover letter that addresses all qualifications for the position through UNC Charlotte’s Employment Opportunities website at

Minimum Education/Experience:

  • D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Prior experience advising on matters related to research as an attorney for a university (or commensurate in-house or law firm experience) required.
  • Assistant General Counsel requires at least 1 year of relevant, post-law school
  • Associate General Counsel requires at least 5 years of relevant, post-law school

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent written communication skills; strong verbal and written communication skills in presenting complex legal principles in laymen terms to senior administrators, staff, and
  • Strong interpersonal and listening skills, and experience interfacing with a wide variety of key stakeholders; a strong collaborator and team-oriented.
  • Strong work ethic with a positive Self-starter, quick study, and ability to manage deadlines.
  • High moral and ethical standards that reflect honesty, integrity, and
  • Demonstrated awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to engage and include faculty, staff, and students of varying ages, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, identities, and

Necessary Certifications/Licenses:

  • Must have a current license to practice law in North Carolina, or obtain such license within one year of employment.
  • Must be currently licensed in good standing without any instances of suspension, revocation, censure or other adverse events in any jurisdiction.

Candidates are subject to a criminal background check.

Review of applications will begin immediately. While the position will remain open until filled, applications received on or before August 15, 2024 will receive priority consideration. Please contact Melanie White, Executive Assistant to Vice Chancellor for Institutional Integrity and General Counsel, at with any questions.

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