University General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Vice President of Legal Affairs

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General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Vice President of Legal Affairs
Chicago State University

Chicago State University (University) is pleased to announce the search for General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Vice President of Legal Affairs (General Counsel).  The General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Vice President of Legal Affairs is the chief legal officer for Chicago State University and serves as the legal advisor to the Board of Trustees and President. Providing expert legal counsel, guidance, and strategic direction, the General Counsel helps to ensure that the University identifies and manages legal risks effectively. The General Counsel oversees administrative staff members and attorneys assigned to the Office of Legal Affairs.


Qualified candidates will hold a law degree (JD) from an accredited institution and have a minimum of ten (10) years’ experience as a practicing attorney serving in a senior position of responsibility in a firm, corporation, government agency, higher education, or other complex organization. The qualified candidate must also have a strong professional record of ethical conduct and working with integrity.
This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position.


A Juris Doctorate degree from a law school approved for accreditation by the American Bar Association, a member in good standing of the Bar of the supreme court of the state in which he or she practices law, and the prompt eligibility for such license and standing in Illinois.


Licensed and in good standing to practice law in the State of Illinois, or eligible for admission to practice in Illinois within Twelve (12) months of employment.


The successful candidate should have at least ten (10) years or more of directly relevant legal experience, preferably in-house at an academic institution, or a mix of in-house, law firm, or government agency, with a demonstrated focus on issues relating to higher education law.

The successful candidate will be a collaborative colleague within the President’s Cabinet, and a dedicated and ethical manager in the Office of Legal Affairs. The successful candidate will also have a minimum of five (5) years of experience in supervising the work of other lawyers.

This position will provide legal advice to university divisions and departments. The successful candidate will also contribute to the President’s Cabinet and the Board of Trustees, demonstrating a willingness to manage a wide variety of legal issues.

The successful candidate will also have a strong academic record, excellent analytical, writing, and communication skills, be proficient in computer and internet applications and programs, with the ability to retain perspective, and advance the institution’s mission and goals.

For more information about the position, institution, and application process, please download the full position profile from the Academic Search open search page:


Chicago State University is being assisted in its search by Academic Search. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a CV, and a list of three professional references with full contact information (names, titles, email address and phone numbers). No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate.

The position is open until filled, but only applications received by January 15, 2024, can be assured of full consideration.

Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically to

Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting any of the Senior Consultants.

Mary Kennard, Esq.
John Garland, Esq.

Chicago State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Academic Search is assisting Chicago State University in this work. For more than four decades, Academic Search has offered executive search services to higher education institutions, associations, and related organizations. Academic Search was founded by higher education leaders on the principle that we provide the most value to partner institutions by combining best practices with our deep knowledge and experience. Our mission today is to enhance institutional capacity by providing outstanding executive recruitment services, executive coaching, and transition support, in partnership with our parent organization, the American Academic Leadership Institute. For more information, visit

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