Legal Counsel - Office of the General Counsel (Fixed Term for 6 months)

Posting Number 2021-8301
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(7/13/2021 10:10 AM)
Office of the General Counsel
NYU Abu Dhabi (AD00001)
Is relocation available for this job?
Business/Professional Administrative

Position Summary

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint a Legal Counsel reporting to the Associate General Counsel for a temporary 6 month appointment.


The Legal Counsel provides legal counsel and support in multiple areas of the University's legal practice in Abu Dhabi; particularly assisting with drafting and reviewing agreements, including research and faculty agreements, and providing general legal support with respect to NYU policies and guidelines.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Anticipate and identify legal issues and provide legal advice to management, including developing and accessing alternative solutions to accomplish management’s goals with less risk, with priority given to situations of greatest risk, significance, and time sensitivity
  • Conduct legal research and analyze laws and regulations; prepare written and verbal opinions or memoranda on new and developing areas of law, as needed
  • Draft, review, and approve HR and other policies and procedures, educational materials on legal issues, bylaws, template documentation and correspondence and other documents designed to assure compliance with legal requirements and with NYU/NYUAD principles and to minimize litigation and disputes
  • Provide advice to NYUAD Procurement in matters relating to contract review, legal responses, opinions, and other materials related to the above; coordinate legal services to departments and divisions in regard to litigation or potential litigation matters
  • Provide advice regarding IP, data security and similar issues arising out of the NYUAD’s contract review, research activities, third party collaborations, sponsored grants, publishing, media, and technology transfer activities
  • Supervise outside counsel in connection with lawyer’s work activities


Required Education:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • J.D. or LLM from an accredited law school 

Preferred Education:

  • Member of a State Bar in the U.S 

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 - 7 years of legal experience, with substantial experience in drafting and reviewing contracts and policies, and researching and providing legal counsel regarding laws and regulations
  • Highest integrity, politically sensitive, and discrete/understanding the importance of confidentiality
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize, thrive under pressure, and juggle competing demands
  • Hands-on lawyer who can get work done in a timely and responsive manner
  • Ability to work collegially in a small team serving a matrixed environment with diverse personnel
  • Legal computer skills, including WORD, document management systems, and legal research

Preferred Experience:

  • UAE legal work experience
  • Experience involving research compliance, including working knowledge of U.S. law or higher education related laws
  • Experience working with academics, scientists, and inventors
  • Experience with universities and nonprofits
  • Fluency in Arabic
  • Working knowledge of IP laws and practice, including research and technology transfer issues and trademark and copyright law
  • Sensitivity to issues involving university and nonprofit issues


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