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Transactional Attorney

The University of Missouri System, located in Columbia, Missouri, is seeking qualified applicants for an attorney emphasizing transactions in the Office of the General Counsel. This position will be based in the Office of the General Counsel in Columbia, Missouri, although hybrid work arrangements may be considered. This position will report to the General Counsel. The University of Missouri System consists of four academic universities located in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis, and the University Health System. The UM System has more than 75,000 students and 24,000 employees. The Office of the General Counsel provides legal services to all the universities, Health System, and the university system offices.

Responsibilities for the position primarily will focus on representing and advising the University in real estate and transactional matters. The workload may also include matters involving procurement, finance, investment, charitable giving, employment, governmental, regulatory, and academic, research and/or athletics programs.Duties will include frequently serving as the sole attorney on routine matters; teaming with other attorneys in the Office or monitoring outside counsel in other more complex matters; handling transactions through all stages, including, negotiating and drafting or reviewing contracts; providing advice and representation; coordinating closely with University business, contracting, and risk management personnel; and keeping the General Counsel well informed. The attorney also will contribute to advice, representation, and training for University personnel and campus leadership on a range of topics, updating approved forms and processes, and performing other responsibilities assigned by the General Counsel. The successful applicant will mentor less experienced attorneys in the Office.

To perform this job successfully, individuals should have demonstrated skill, knowledge, and experience in transactional law; ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization and external contacts; demonstrated skills in client service, oral and written communication and time management; and proven ability to effectively develop trust, respect and cooperation across all areas of an organization and staff levels. Other responsibilities may include service on University committees; policy development and review; and creating and delivering training programs. The attorney should be enthusiastic about taking a client-centered, business-oriented, collegial approach to representing a land grant public research institution. Individuals should be prepared to promote a culture of ethics, integrity, and compliance.

Candidates must have a Juris Doctor or LLB degree from an ABA accredited law school and be in good standing with all bars or bar associations and no prior disciplinary matters. Admission to Missouri Bar or eligibility for admission by reciprocity is necessary. At least eight years' experience is required with knowledge of federal, state and local laws preferred. The starting salary is negotiable. The University provides a benefits package. Apply on-line at

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Reviewed 2023-05-08