Professional Staff Position Openings


General Counsel

Posted: July 21, 2014

Seton Hill University invites applications for the position of General Counsel to serve as the chief legal officer for the University conducting legal affairs and providing legal advice and representation for the University.  This position will be an executive officer of the University and will work closely with the Board of Trustees, President, University Executives and other University constituents. 

The position requires significant efforts and/or oversight in areas relevant to a private, non-profit institution of higher education including but not limited to: academic and corporate governance, personnel and employment issues, benefits, student affairs, non-discrimination, conflicts of interest, gifts and development, immigration efforts, contracts, tax and payroll matters, insurance, construction, corporate and commercial transactions, real estate and zoning matters, environmental issues, risk management and reduction,  compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations (including but not limited to Title IX, the Clery Act, FERPA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act), copyright and other intellectual property matters, information technology,  NCAA Division II compliance,  and litigation. 

The position is also responsible for developing appropriate compliance-related training and education for the University community as well as the drafting, review and revision of policies. 

A J.D./L.L.B. degree from an accredited law school and admission to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania  (or gaining admission within one year of employment) are required.  In addition, a minimum of 10 years of prior experience in law firm or in-house legal practice is required, with a minimum of at least three years’ experience in the representation of institutions of higher education.   Experience in advising and counseling a board of trustees, President, executive officers, deans, directors and department heads is required.  Effective communication and collaboration with peers in the President’s Council, as well as the leadership in all areas of the University, faculty and students is required.  General Counsel must be able to establish and maintain strong partnerships with all stakeholders in the University community and external counsel.

The ability to develop strategies that encourage adherence to University policies, procedures and initiatives is important.  Excellent analytical, oral and written communication and problem solving skills are required.  Being able to successfully influence outcomes through an advisory role and deal effectively with the diverse constituencies that a University campus has to offer is a key skill set.  The ability to handle multiple projects and priorities is expected.

Candidates must possess a willingness to support Seton Hill University’s Catholic mission.

Qualified candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume/C.V. and references by August 31, 2014 to: Human Resources, Attn: General Counsel Search Committee, 1 Seton Hill Drive – 992, Greensburg, PA 15601 or