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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
10 years or more
Education level:
Bachelor Degree

Deputy General Counsel

Status: Full-time, exempt
Schedule: M-F, 8.30 a.m. 4.30 p.m., including occasional evening and weekend work and based on seasonal business needs/position requirements.
Reports to: Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel
Direct reports: Crisis Management Coordinator, AVP and Dean of Students
Start date: ASAP
Location: Chicago, IL, USA

About us:

Everything we do is about the IES Abroad student. Our profoundly passionate team of study abroad professionals believes in creating once-in-a-lifetime educational adventures that transcend expectations. Our goal is to rock the world of some 8,000 study abroad students every year.

From our headquarters in Chicago to our 140+ study abroad programs in 85 global locations worldwide, we create authentic global education and life-affirming cultural experiences. We work at IES Abroad because we believe that every student should have the opportunity to go abroad - especially in a fun, safe, and superior academic and cultural environment.

We believe so strongly in the power of our program, that we actively recruit students from diverse populations and provide more than $4 million in scholarships year after year. We are proud that our students are as diverse and exciting as the countries we study.

We're not ashamed to admit, we're a little bit obsessed with study abroad.

Summary of position:

The EVP/COO serves as the organization's General Counsel; therefore, the Deputy General Counsel also serves the role of Counsel within the EVP/COO's office. The position involves interaction at all levels within the organization and access to sensitive and confidential information necessitating considerable use of tact, diplomacy, discretion and judgment. The Deputy General Counsel will be called upon to contribute ideas and manage complex projects and initiatives that will have a direct impact on the success of the organization.

Experience & Qualifications/Skills:

  • 10 years of experience in the practice of law, at least 5 of those years as a full-time higher education lawyer with a U.S. college or university;
  • Minimum of 5 years of direct practice experience handling labor and employment legal issues in the U.S. (international labor and employment legal issues preferred);
  • Substantial experience overseeing and conducting student investigations on campus, including employment issues and serious student issues such as Title IX investigations;
  • D. from an accredited U.S. law school is required; must have or obtain an active license to practice law in Illinois within 90 days of the employment start date;
  • 5 years of direct experience chairing a crisis management team responding to international crises involving students, faculty and staff; and advising on and overseeing response to serious student crises and the institution's response to them;
  • Minimum of 5 years of direct practice experience advising higher education clients regarding serious student health, mental health and safety issues, as well as regarding Title IX and on student privacy issues (e.g. FERPA, the GDPR, U.K. Data Protection Act);
  • Minimum of 5 years of direct experience drafting, negotiating and reviewing a variety of contracts in a higher education setting, with a strong preference for experience with international contract;
  • Ability to maintain confidential information with tact and discretion;
  • Take initiative;
  • Use sound judgment while working effectively under minimal supervision;
  • Exceptional interpersonal abilities and communication etiquette;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills;
  • High level organizational proficiency and proven ability to meet deadlines;
  • Project, time management, and problem-solving skills including the ability to articulate progress, concerns and recommendations in a timely & concise manner;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including exemplary writing ability
  • Exceptional attention to detail;
  • Ability to be flexible and highly adaptive to change;
  • Ability to compose correspondence from notes, discussions, or independently from knowledge of circumstances and policy;
  • Prior clerkship experience (Federal and/or Appellate Courts) preferred
  • Excellent administrative and clerical skills;
  • Experience conducting research independently;
  • Strong computer experience (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint a plus)

Background Check:

A background check may be conducted, based on responsibilities, as a condition of employment.

Application Deadline:

Open until position is filled.

No phone calls or emailed status inquiries accepted.

How to Apply:

All applicants should submit an application including a cover letter and resume clicking 'Apply Now' at the right hand side of this page.

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