The American University of Kurdistan

Legal Counsel

Job Overview

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the President, the General Counsel serves as the chief legal officer and directs the College in all legal matters. The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice and counsel on matters of law, policy and procedure, risk management, compliance, and institutional governance.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain appropriate communication with the President in legal matters, as needed.
  • Consult with institutional administrators, faculty, and staff on matters requiring legal input; respond to inquiries from administrators on legal issues; and effectively and appropriately communicate legal advice, both in writing and verbally.
  • Negotiate, prepare, review, approve, and interpret contracts and other legal instruments to which University is or contemplates being a party and determine and advise on appropriate legal strategy and response regarding contract disputes.
  • Serve as liaison between the University and Ministries and other governmental entities.
  • Represent the University in administrative hearings such as student disciplinary hearings and employee grievance hearings.
  • Formulate, implement, interpret, and review rules, policies, practices, guidelines, and procedures for faculty, staff, students, and persons doing business with or participating in the programs and activities of the University.
  • Continuously monitor University policies to assure that they are in compliance with relevant KRI and Iraqi laws and regulations. Participate in rule and policy update and revision as needed to assure continued compliance.
  • Proactively recognize issues of legal concern and determinate appropriate response or action; research, interpret, and analyze laws, judicial opinions, policies, regulations, legal documents, and issues to determine university compliance; determine the appropriate course of action including recommendations for revisions to and/or implementation of university rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Perform special projects or related duties as assigned.

Essential Functions

  • Ability to provide competent legal advice and counsel to senior university officials on a wide range of legal and policy issues.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret issues and to prepare legal opinions.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and interact with administrators, faculty, and staff at all levels of the university.
  • Knowledge of institutional policies, procedures and regulations, and the legal environment with which they operate.
  • Knowledge of legal documentation procedures and requirements.
  • Knowledge of faculty and/or staff hiring procedures.
  • Knowledge of contract law.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in Law.
  • Demonstrated competence in establishing positive working relationships and effective communications with students, faculty, staff and administrative colleagues.
  • Fluent in English and Kurdish.
  • A background search will be required of the successful applicant.

Application Process:

The search committee will begin a review of applications immediately and continue work until an appointment is made.  To assure full consideration, applications should be received by June 20, 2021 and include a letter of interest, analysis of qualifications, curriculum vitae and three professional references with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers.  References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.  Applications and nominations should be sent electronically with the subject “Legal Counsel” to Human Resources ([email protected]).

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