Senior University Counsel

California, United States
29 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
28 Dec 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

Office of the General Counsel

Immediate opening for a full-time attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at Stanford University. This is a Senior University Counsel position and reports to the Deputy General Counsel for Research and Medicine.

This attorney is primarily responsible for providing legal counsel to the Stanford University School of Medicine (SOM) Research Management Group (RMG), working with faculty and staff at SOM, but may also provide advice across the University.

The attorney must have experience with federal and industry-sponsored research, drafting and negotiating research agreements, and working with an Institutional Review Board (IRB). Other preferred areas of expertise include non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), service agreements, and federal and state privacy and data security laws. The attorney will work closely with other University offices to provide analysis and advice on complex research projects, and policy interpretation.

The position requires discretion, flexibility, excellent judgment, collaboration and the ability to understand and manage projects with competing interests in a constantly changing, cutting-edge research environment. The attorney must be able to work independently, while also partnering and working collaboratively with outside counsel and other staff attorneys.


Applicants should have a law degree from an accredited law school and a minimum of ten years of relevant experience, and be a member of the California Bar or able to become one shortly. Requirements include excellence in academic credentials, writing, analytical and communication skills as well as good judgment and a practical approach to solving legal problems. Applicants must be comfortable with technology, committed to teamwork, responsive and have a proven record of providing the highest quality client service.

***The final candidate will need to successfully pass a background check to be considered for this position.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 7501
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: F
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  • Requisition ID: 87611