The Office of the Vice President & General Counsel of Johns Hopkins University seeks applications to fill a position of Assistant General Counsel & Policy Manager, which will focus primarily on supporting the development, review, and ongoing curation of University policies, and the development of training related to university policies, as part of an ongoing policy modernization project at the University.
The Office of the Vice President & General Counsel provides legal counsel and representation to Johns Hopkins University and all its schools, divisions, affiliates, and related entities. The Office serves the legal needs of university trustees, officers, deans, directors, faculty, and staff in their official capacities. The Office also is responsible for hiring and managing all outside counsel to represent the University and its units.
The Assistant General Counsel & Policy Manager will report to the Vice President & General Counsel, with dual reporting to the Senior Advisor to the President for Policy, and will work as part of a team that also includes the Vice Provost & Chief Risk and Compliance Officer as well as the Chief Audit Officer. Working with this team, and with a diverse array of talented lawyers in the General Counsel's Office, the Assistant General Counsel will provide legal advice on a full range of federal, state, and local laws and regulations related to university policy, governance, and compliance.
These responsibilities are fulfilled by researching, reviewing, and monitoring university policies within multiple disciplines and administrative areas; interacting with the University's central business areas and the schools/divisions to identify policies in need of revisions; monitoring university policy developments within the University and reporting them to senior leadership as required; and developing and implementing procedures and controls to ensure the University's policy development and review process is implemented in a consistent and cohesive manner. The Assistant General Counsel will also be responsible for monitoring and analyzing trends at peer institutions and in higher education more generally regarding the development of policies in specific areas, and for identifying emerging compliance issues that may require university attention through policy.
Applicants with a demonstrated commitment and/or contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion are welcome to apply.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Ensure forward momentum of the University policy modernization project through effective project management.
Review and prepare policy proposals and substantive policy change requests for submission to appropriate members of university leadership.
Manage and implement procedures and controls to ensure that university-wide policy development and review processes are implemented in a consistent and cohesive manner.
Maintain a comprehensive policy gap analysis process, including benchmarking peer best practices, with a focus on effective institutional policy management.
Manage policy recordkeeping and updating, and serve as the central administrator of the University's online policy library.
Work with senior university and divisional staff, including representatives from the Provost's Office, Finance and Administration, General Counsel's Office, and divisional deans' offices to maintain collections of policies and ensure policies are updated on a regular basis.
Facilitate work of policy committees, task forces, and/or working groups as needed, such as articulating process, structure, and goals, as well as coordinating meetings, presentations and other activities. Manage complex data collection efforts, including oversight of internal and external requirements for policy development.
Working with senior university leaders, ensure that training accurately reflects policy requirements. Manage institutional data in support of planning, decision making, and policy authorization.
Write and edit briefings, reports, white papers, and internal policy communications.
Proactively provide guidance and recommendations to the Senior Advisor and university officials regarding relevant regulatory and compliance issues.
Law degree from an accredited institution.
At least 3 years of experience as a legal or policy professional.
Admission in good standing to a state bar.
Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.
Superb professional judgment and high ethical standards.
Attention to detail and ability to manage a high volume of work and multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
Strong organization, project management, and problem-solving skills.
Experience producing reports and managing data.
Advanced legal research ability.
Ability to work with senior university leadership.
Experience providing legal counsel to an institution of higher education, and one associated with an academic medical center in particular, is strongly preferred.
Experience with government compliance preferred.
Classified Title: Assistant General Counsel Working Title: Asst GC and Policy Manager Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PG Starting Salary Range: $93,175 to 128,164 annually Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F; 8:30-5:00 Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus Department name: 10001628-VP and General Counsel Office of Personnel area: University Administration
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