Deputy Counsel

The University of Iowa
Iowa City
Feb 07, 2023
Feb 14, 2023
Contract Type
The University of Iowa, a research–intensive public institution of higher education located in Iowa City, Iowa, is seeking applicants for the position of Deputy Counsel in the University's Office of the General Counsel. The Deputy Counsel reports to the Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel.

For full consideration, apply on or before Sunday, February 19th.

About us
The Office of the General Counsel advises and represents the University of Iowa, including the President and Vice Presidents, University of Iowa Health Care, Athletics, and all of the schools and colleges on campus. We also collaborate regularly with the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, and the Iowa Attorney General's office. We do not represent faculty, staff, or students in private legal matters.

We are in the service business. We help the University fulfill its educational, research, and service missions in accord with the myriad legal and policy requirements applicable to public research universities. We are subject matter experts and problem solvers committed to helping our clients achieve their goals in a creative, practical, and timely manner.

About the position

All attorneys in the office provide legal advice to the University on a broad variety of subject matters, including employment law, constitutional law and civil rights (disability, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, etc.), academic and student issues, health care law, athletics, transactional matters, immigration, information technology and security, intellectual property, litigation preparation and support, sponsored programs and research compliance, and other issues related to a public institution of higher education.

The University is seeking an attorney to provide legal advice on complex transactional matters, contracts, construction, information technology, intellectual property, and sponsored programs and research compliance. The person in this position must build and maintain effective, professional, and respectful working relationships with the University of Iowa campus community and uphold a high standard of cultural competency and respect for differences that represents the Office of the General Counsel's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. All staff currently work on campus with the flexibility to work remotely as needed.

About the University of Iowa
The University of Iowa's status as a premier research university depends on the robust exchange of ideas. We achieve excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our ability to foster an equitable and inclusive environment for all who join the UI community will determine our collective success. To learn more, visit

The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, a Midwestern college town with modest housing costs, an excellent public school system, superior health care with a world–class teaching hospital, and exceptional venues for the performing arts. The Iowa City–Cedar Rapids corridor has a combined population of 450,000 residents and an airport with a growing number of direct major airline flights, including to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas–Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Phoenix.

Required Qualifications:

A Juris Doctorate or equivalent degree in Law from an accredited law school is required.
The successful candidate will meet the following required qualifications:
Current license to practice law in the state of Iowa or current license to practice law in another jurisdiction with the documented reasonable expectation of becoming licensed in Iowa within 12 months.
Minimum 5 years' experience in a sophisticated legal environment advising and representing clients on complex legal issues, including but not limited to complex transactions and compliance.
Excellent judgment, discretion, and empathy.
Strong analytical, organizational, leadership, and problem–solving skills.
Demonstrated job–related experience with and/or commitment to diversity in the work/academic environment.
Clear and concise written and oral communication skills demonstrating excellent analysis and reasoning. A professional writing sample will be required later in the hiring process.
Flexibility and willingness to learn new areas of the law.
High regard for and demonstration of professional ethics and integrity.

Desired Qualifications:

Demonstrated ability to balance and prioritize multiple projects and initiatives involving diverse constituencies.
Experience and comfort with presentation of training materials to small or large groups with varying levels of knowledge of the subject matter.
Experience with higher education issues, including supporting research enterprise efforts.
Project management and litigation experience.

Application Process:

In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a cover letter and current resume that clearly addresses how they meet the listed qualifications of this position and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission. For full consideration, apply on or before Sunday, February 19th.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal and credential background check. Five professional references will be requested and required at a later step in the recruitment process.