Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Robert Morris University

Robert Morris University (RMU), founded in 1921, is a private university with an enrollment of approximately 5,100 undergraduate and graduate students. The University is located 15 miles from downtown Pittsburgh on 230 acres of rolling hills, a short drive from the Pittsburgh International Airport.

RMU invites applications for the position of Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. As the chief legal officer of Robert Morris University, the General Counsel is responsible for interpreting the constitutional, statutory and regulatory framework in which the University operates. She/he manages all outside counsel and litigation and coordinates responses to all agency complaints. 

The incumbent provides legal and policy advice in a variety of areas within the University including, but not limited to: employment law; labor and employee relations; student legal issues; athletics legal compliance; workers compensation; tax matters; liability and insurance matters; intellectual property; real estate transactions; vendor, employment and other commercial contracts; organizational governance; computer and information technology issues; copyright issues; civil rights; faculty promotion; and institutional advancement issues such as fund raising, donor and planned giving arrangements, trusts and estates.

The incumbent is responsible for developing, administering and complying with the University wide legal budget. She/he also works with Human Resources in preparing for and carrying out labor negotiations with various labor unions. She/he assists officers of the institution and other upper management in carrying out the mission of the institution. The position reports to the President of the University and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and serves on the President’s Cabinet. The General Counsel also serves as Secretary to the Board of Trustees and provides advice on legal matters and Board governance to the Board Chair, Board of Trustees, and Executive and Board Committee(s). She/he prepares minutes and corporate resolutions for same. The General Counsel represents the University as an entity and no single individual, except as an agent or representative of the University.

The ideal candidate should possess: a Juris Doctorate from an American Bar Association accredited law school and be a member of the PA State Bar with at least 7 years of experience that is appropriately related to the duties and responsibilities specified; demonstrated ability to successfully manage a university, corporate or centralized institutional legal office; ability to communicate and interact with officials at all levels, internally and externally; knowledge of institutional policies and procedures, regulations and bylaws, and the legal environment within which the University operates; ability to provide competent legal advice and counsel to senior university officials and the Board of Trustees on a wide range of legal and policy issues; knowledge of the range of applicable laws and regulations which impact on all facets of university policy and operations including FERPA, HIPAA, and other federal laws; ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with quick turnaround time; ability to foster a cooperative and high performing work environment; ability to develop and deliver presentations; ability to analyze and interpret issues and to prepare legal opinions; knowledge of faculty and/or staff employment policies, procedures, and union contracts; knowledge of the judicial system and procedures; knowledge of current and developing legal issues and trends in area of expertise; and possess negotiating skills.  A staff member is expected to abide by all of the rules and regulations of the University, the NCAA and the NEC.  Staff members found in violation of NCAA regulations shall be subject to disciplinary or corrective action as set forth in the provisions of the NCAA enforcement procedures. 

Application materials must include a letter of application and resume that addresses qualifications and the names and contact information for three professional references (including email addresses). Please email application materials to: For best consideration, applications should be received by March 22, 2013. 

The position is available June 1, 2013. 

RMU offers an excellent benefits package; salaries are market competitive and depend upon qualifications and experience.

For more information about this opportunity and Robert Morris University, visit our website at: RMU.EDU/JOBS.


 At Robert Morris University, we believe that institutional equity reflects our continued commitment to a community where everyone is both valued and respected. Institutional equity encompasses racial, ethnic, gender and religious diversity, cultural perspectives, national origins, sexual orientation, physical ability, as well as socioeconomic contexts, and educational backgrounds. 

We are dedicated to developing a diverse population by fostering an environment where intellectual and social growth, individual perspectives, and all human experiences are valued. We strive to be an inclusive community that celebrates and embraces differences as a means of responding to the cultural and social demands of a global society. Inherent in our inclusion efforts is a strong commitment to intercultural and global education to produce and include citizens who will serve as educational, social, economic and cultural ambassadors to the world. EOE