Criteria and Qualifications for University Counsel
Duke University invites nominations and expressions of interest for the position of University Counsel, Duke's chief legal officer. The University Counsel will report to the President and lead an office of experienced legal and administrative personnel. The successful candidate will also be a senior counselor to the President and the Board of Trustees on the broad range of complex issues faced by an international research university with a major medical center and health care system. Among the specific criteria and qualifications for the next University Counsel, the following have been identified as meriting special attention:
- An attorney with successful practice experience at the highest levels, with the ability to oversee a wide range of areas including litigation, business, commercial, employment, health care, technology transfer, and trusts.
- A person of the highest standards of integrity and honor.
- A person with sound judgment, able to make decisions with confidence and in a timely manner, often under pressure.
- A strategic and conceptual thinker who is able and eager to function in a complicated organization.
- A problem solver who understands the importance of consultation and collaboration.
- An effective communicator.
- An advisor with an ability to understand the attorney's role from the perspective of the president and other senior leaders of the University.
- A leader who understands and appreciates the intellectual and service missions of the university, along with its cultures and values.
- A counselor able to serve as a trusted confidant and advisor to leaders across the University, including the Board of Trustees.
- Someone with either work experience in a University setting or other indications of an ability to thrive in such a decision-making environment.
- A good manager with excellent interpersonal skills who is experienced at delegation to others.