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Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Business Transactions

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 033716
Department Code 10015-1022
Department Office of University Counsel
Job Title Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Business Transactions
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range commensurate with experience
Salary Grade 00
FLSA Status Exempt

Standard University business hours:

8:30am -5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Business Transactions will provide advice to Syracuse University’s 13 academic units and its Centers for Research and Scholarship on matters concerning intellectual property and business transactions under the direction of Senior Vice President/General Counsel. The position will be part of a growing legal team that provides legal advice and support for the University and its affiliated entities.


• Bachelor’s degree required.
• Juris Doctorate (JD) required from ABA accredited law school.
• Prefer five plus (5+) years of intellectual property and business transactional and contractual legal experience. Law firm, corporate, academic institution, or related experience preferred.
• Licensed to practice law in New York or eligible for admission within twelve (12) months.
• Licensed in good standing without any instances of suspension, revocation, censure or other adverse events in any jurisdiction.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Significant legal experience advising smart and exacting clients.
• Superior legal negotiating, drafting, and presentation skills.
• Organized self-starter with strong work ethic and a “can do” attitude; a quick study with ability to manage deadlines.
• High moral and ethical standards that reflect honesty, integrity and reliability.
• Must be detail oriented and deadline-driven.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to understand and convey complex legal principles in readily understandable terms to senior administrators and faculty.
• Capable of preparing/reviewing/editing legal memos, filings, pleadings, and other documents.
• Proficiency in conducting legal research using LEXIS/NEXIS, Westlaw, or other online research tools.
• Able to work in team-oriented collaborative manner.


• Work as part of a collaborative, professional team focused on delivering high-level legal advice to a very sophisticated client base in higher education.
• Serve as a trusted legal advisor to the General Counsel, other members of the senior administration, and key faculty and staff positions.
• Proactively identify legal risk to the University and offer creative and effective solutions to mitigate such risks and to protect the organization from undue legal exposure, liability, and financial loss.
• Rely on experience and judgment to provide sound and practical legal advice on higher ed issues that supports and is consistent with the strategic and operational objectives of Syracuse University.
• Manage and advise the University relating to IP:
• Provide internal advice on IP matters.
• Manage IP license agreements.
• Review and develop IP policies.
• Provide advice to technology transfer office.
• Serve as liaison for outside counsel on IP matters.
• Draft complex non-IP business and vendor agreements.

Physical Requirements




Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please submit a cover letter and resume.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 06/28/2017
Application Deadline
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Job Category Staff
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Applicant Documents

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