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UT Health Senior Legal Officer in Texas

Senior Legal Officer



UTHealth Administration

Requisition #: 19000120

Position Summary

The Senior Legal Officer provides legal advice and counsel to the University of Texas HSC at Houston primarily focused on labor and employment law, higher education law and related matters.

Key Accountabilities

  1. Provides interpretation and opinions regarding various laws, regulations and internal and external policies.

  2. Coordinates litigators and litigation and certain regulatory investigations involving the institution and its employees.

  3. Drafts and/or reviews various documents and forms as required for institutional business purposes.

  4. Advises as necessary the various institutional committees and managers.

  5. Coordinates certain internal hearings and assures that institutional policies are followed and due process is achieved

  6. Interacts and/or intervenes with The University of Texas System Office of General Counsel, the Texas Attorney General, and various private attorneys.

  7. Negotiates on behalf of the institution in mediation and other situations encountered in pursuit of resolving legal conflicts to which the institution is a party in interest.

  8. Attends depositions and other legal proceedings to assist/coordinate outside attorneys representing the institution.

  9. Conducts or participates in training on various legal issues.

  10. Responds to subpoenas and requests for information and records.

  11. Responsible for the design, execution and effectiveness of a system of internal controls which provides reasonable assurance that operations are effective and efficient, assets are safeguarded, financial information is reliable and compliant with applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures.

  12. In conjunction with the Chief Legal Officer & Compliance Officer, supervises the support staff and legal interns.

  13. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Licensed by the State Bar of Texas

  2. Proficiency in legal research via library or computers

  3. Experience in health law, higher education law or transactional law preferred.

Minimum Education

Juris Doctorate degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school.

Minimum Experience

Five years required, ten years preferred experience in higher education law and/or employment law.

Physical Requirements

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

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UTHealth is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.