Job Number: 372703
Category: Professional & Executive
Location: 5323 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX
Department: 105000 - Legal Affairs
Full/Part Time/PRN: Day Job
This position issecurity-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizesUT Southwestern to obtain criminal history record information
Works in the Office ofthe Vice President for Legal Affairs, under limited supervision, to providelegal counsel and resolve general legal issues (excluding medical riskmanagement and healthcare regulatory matters) arising within an academicmedical center.
J. D. degree and licenseto practice law in Texas required;Minimum of four consecutive years ofexperience actively engaged in the practice of law required.
- Previous employment law experience;
- Previous litigation practice and case management experience;
- Previous experience in higher education, at a state agency, in healthcare, or at an academic medical center.
- General Advice andCounsel – review, analyze and advise the University administration, individualschools, and basic sciences and clinical departments concerning legal mattersthat arise in the medical and educational setting (e.g.,employment-related issues; tort claims; collection cases; disciplinary actions;interpretation and application of laws, policies and regulations; and, othergeneral matters).Identify issues appropriately handled by LegalAffairs and refer other issues to the correct departments within theinstitution.
- Litigation Management –manage all claims and lawsuits (other than medical malpractice) filed againstthe institution and its employees, including pre-litigation investigation,document preservation and discovery practice, preparing for and attendingdepositions, motions practice, hearing preparation, mediation, trialpreparation, and appeals; assist the Office of General Counsel at UT System andthe Attorney General in every aspect of lawsuits; assist with the University’sresponse to complaints, charges or investigations from external agencies (e.g.,EEOC, TWC, DOL, DOE).
- Employment Issues –advise on a variety of employment issues, including internal complaints andinvestigations, disciplinary actions, grievances and appeals, and compliancewith applicable laws, regulations and policies (FMLA, FLSA, ADA, Texas LaborCode, etc.).
- Policy Development andTraining – advise on new and existing policy initiatives; draft, review andrevise institutional and departmental policies and procedures; develop andprovide training on a broad range of legal issues in areas such as policy,employment law, education law, and compliance.
- Student and TraineeIssues – review and analyze legal issues arising within the medical, graduateand health professions schools; advise administration regarding studentdisciplinary actions and internal grievances, hearings and appeals.
- Business Issues – reviewand analyze legal issues arising within University business areas including butnot limited to Business Affairs, Information Resources, Audit, TechnologyDevelopment, Real Estate, Conflict of Interest, Contracts Management and Safety& Business Continuity.
- Tort Claims – processpre-litigation tort claims involving the University in accordance with theTexas Tort Claims Act; coordinate the submission of insurance claims toinsurers and collection of sums from either insurers or individuals for therepair of damage to University property.
- CommitteeMembership/Counsel – serve on or advise institutional committees in areas suchas conflicts of interest, research, policy, compliance, safety, etc.
- Perform other duties asassigned.
- Work requires broadlegal knowledge and the ability to efficiently analyze and respond to a widerange of legal needs.
- Work requiresproficiency in issue identification, legal research and writing, and theability to coordinate effectively with multiple persons to accomplishdepartmental and institutional goals.
- Work requires strongwritten and oral communication skills.
- Work requires ability tofunction both independently and in team-oriented environment.
- Work requires telephone,e-mail, and personal contact with all levels of internal and external personneland organizations.
- Work requires strongorganizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage a largevolume of legal work effectively.
Work is performedprimarily in a general office area. Anyqualifications to be considered as equivalents in lieu of stated minimumrequire the prior approval of the Vice President for Human Resources or his/herdesignee. This position issecurity-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas EducationCode §51.215.
UTSouthwesternMedical Center is committed to an educational and working environment thatprovides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. Inaccordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawfuldiscrimination, including harassment, on the basis of: race; color; religion;national origin; sex; including sexual harassment; age; disability; genetic information;citizenship status; and protected veteran status. In addition, it isUTSouthwestern policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexualorientation, gender identity, or gender expression.