General Counsel Job Description
Reporting to the President of the University, the General Counsel oversees and manages the provision of all legal services to the institution to ensure maximum protection of its legal rights and to maintain its operations within the limits prescribed by law. Provides strategic guidance, consultation and support to the University, its Board of Directors, senior administrators and other members of upper management on a comprehensive range of legal, compliance and associated issues involved in carrying out the mission of the institution.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provides legal counsel and guidance to the Board of Directors, executive officers of the institution and other upper management on all legal matters relevant to general business and an institution of higher education, including, but not limited to regulatory compliance, personnel law; policies, procedures, rules, and regulations; and laws pertaining to students; real estate transactions; contracts and grants; tax matters; worker’s compensation; liability and insurance matters.
Anticipates and identifies legal issues and counsels officers of the institution and other upper management to develop legal strategies and solutions, often in situations of public relations, or financial risk or significance, and with limited time for assessing alternatives.
Reviews, researches, interprets, and prepares both written and oral opinions on a variety of legal issues.
Drafts, reviews and approves policies and procedures, regulations, bylaws, and other legal documents.
Reviews contracts, leases and other legal documents; researches legal issues and recommends revisions, as necessary.
Represents or oversees the representation of the institution and upper management in judicial, administrative or other regulatory proceedings.
Selects, retains and supervises outside counsel, as required, to obtain legal opinions or to handle claims and litigation.
Responsible for supervising any attorneys, paralegals or other legal staff members which may be employed by the legal department.
Provides training to the campus community on various legal and compliance issues through seminars and meetings.
Act as Company Secretary, responsible for providing secretarial duties to the Board of Directors and the Company in general.
Serves as the custodian, responsible for maintaining the Universitys governing, corporate and legal documents, as well as intellectual property, regulatory licenses, certificates and other records.
Responsible for facilitating, or supervising, filings of licenses and other statutory requirements.
Develops and manages annual budgets for the legal department and performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
A valid license to practice law in the Republic of Ghana, being in good standing with no prior sanctions from the Bar.
BSc degree in Law or J.D. degree (MA or BSc in Business Administration is considered an asset).
At least 5 years experience in a law firm or in-house legal position.
Proficient legal experience in developing legal strategy and objectives, as well as ability to anticipate legal issues and other risk.
Knowledge of contract law; financial/business analysis techniques; judicial system and procedures; and legal documentation procedures and requirements.
Excellent judgement and ability to analyze and interpret business issues.
General understanding of how businesses operate with financial acumen.
High degree of professional ethics, integrity and gravitas.
Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiating skills.
Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
To apply for this job please visit www.ashesi.edu.gh.