Samford University


Director of Legal Services

Date Posted: Jul 01, 2014
Number: INVE22
Grade: 14
Testing: N/A


The Director of Legal Services is a member of the professional staff reporting to the General Counsel and provides legal research and analysis to support the General Counsel.  The individual in this position: (1) possesses advanced knowledge associated with the professional practice of law; (2) applies associated theories, methods, principles, and practices; (3) performs associated duties that are predominantly intellectual and varied in nature, requiring creative, analytical, evaluative, interpretive, and/or critical thinking; and (4) exercises discretion and independent judgment, requiring only general supervision for day-to-day tasks.

Duties include:

  • Provide advice and legal counsel on general issues of higher education law, such as contract law and business law, ADA, Title IX, HIPAA, Clery Act and other areas of regulatory compliance.
  • Preparation of materials and provision of educational training on legal issues to University administrators and others in the University community.
  • Review, draft, and negotiate contracts, real estate transactions, and other legal agreements
    • Provide legal advice related to records requests, subpoenas and court orders directed to the University
    • Assist with University response to investigations conducted by law enforcement and regulatory entities
    • Review and analyze proposed legislation affecting the University and provide testimony and other support to the University
    • Provide legal advice on issues relating to gifts and bequests made to the University
    • Provide research and analysis on legal issues concerning Samford University, including but not limited to the following:
      • Federal and state laws and regulations (particularly those impacting institutions of higher education)
      • Intellectual property issues including trademark and copyright issues
      • Employment law, including benefits issues
      • Immigration law
      • Corporate law
      • EEOC and civil rights law
      • University-wide policies and procedures
      • Faculty issues
      • Student issues

Required Qualifications

  • A Juris Doctor from an accredited law school
  • License to practice law in the State of Alabama
  • Experience working with complex legal issues is required (3-5 years minimum)
  • Demonstrated job-related experience is required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (recent professional writing sample is required)
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and initiatives, in some cases with short timeframes for response
  • Excellent research skills

Additional attributes that will be used in screening applicants:

  • Professional practice of law in higher education
  • Professional experience in a dynamic, collegial, team-oriented environment
  • Ability to work tactfully and effectively with university administrators, faculty members, staff, and students on a wide array of legal issues  
  • Ability to exercise independent, professional judgment 
  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations
  • Ability to analyze and interpret issues
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment
  • Knowledge of institutional policies and procedures, regulations and bylaws, and the legal environment within which they operate
  • Knowledge of the range of applicable laws and regulations which impact on all facets of university policy and operations
  • Knowledge of the principles and procedures of legal research
  • Knowledge of contract law

Preferred Qualification

  • None

Apply for this job

Submit resume and cover letter with current salary/salary requirements to:

Office of Human Resources
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229
FAX: (205) 726-4027

Resumes received after the posting is removed will not be considered.

Samford University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Employer.
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