General Counsel, General Counsel

September 14, 2020

Truman State University -- Missouri’s only public liberal arts and sciences university -- seeks an experienced, skilled, collegial, and collaborative attorney to serve as its next General Counsel.  This position provides a unique opportunity to formulate and oversee legal policies and procedures that will have lasting impact on the ability of Truman to fulfill its mission for many years to come.

The Position:  The primary function of the General Counsel is to provide legal advice to and representation for Truman’s Board of Governors, administrators, faculty, and staff acting in their organizational capacity on behalf of the university. A General Counsel provides effective legal advice, representation, and training in a complex operational context. Subject areas are numerous and varied, and include constitutional law, particularly speech and due process, accreditation, employment, benefits, student issues (including discipline, privacy, and welfare), utilities, facilities, procurement, real and intellectual property, construction, finance, insurance, tort liability, privacy of information systems, electronic discovery, export controls, labor relations, contracts, grants, personal injury, and increasingly complex compliance issues, particularly Title IX. The General Counsel is appointed by the Board of Governors to serve at the pleasure of the Board.

The Institution:  A vibrant community of teacher-scholars and academically-talented students, Truman is a residential university providing its approximately 4,500 students with broad liberal arts experiences and in-depth study in 49 undergraduate majors and 9 graduate programs. Truman is nationally recognized for the quality of educational opportunities that it offers and for its leadership in the assessment of student learning and continuous improvement. The institution is committed to a strong focus on high-impact learning experiences, and more than one-third of Truman’s undergraduates go on to pursue graduate education. Truman is consistently ranked among the nation’s best colleges. For 23 consecutive years, U.S. News and World Report has recognized Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest Regional Category. Other accolades include being one of 10 public colleges profiled by Fiske Guide to Colleges, 2021 as a “Best Buy” school noted for quality academic offerings and affordable cost, named by the Princeton Review College Guide, 2021 among “The Best 386 Colleges” out of 2,800 institutions across the country to earn an undergraduate degree, and the best public college in Missouri and the 7th best college in the nation for getting a job after graduation according to the career resources website, 2021.  In addition to its commitment to excellence, the University promotes a welcoming culture that puts people first and supports students, faculty, and staff. More information about Truman and what others have to say about the University can be found at and

Qualifications:  The successful candidate is required to have earned a JD from an ABA accredited school of law and admission to the Missouri Bar or eligibility for admission via reciprocity and successful admission in the immediate future. 

The ideal candidate will have:

  • a minimum of 7 years relevant experience in the general practice of law, higher education law, contract law, state government law, or litigation and employment law;

  • experience providing legal services and advice to state or local governmental entities, boards or commissions;

  • excellent written and oral communication skills;

  • sound judgment and demonstrated ability to serve as a collegial and collaborative member of a leadership team;

  • high ethical and professional standards of conduct;

  • experience in managing a broad range of legal challenges;

  • demonstrated ability to foster sound decision making in all areas of University operation;

  • the ability to identify and mitigate legal risks within the University operation;

  • the ability to support the University’s functions through the delivery of legal support and guidance to senior management;

  • the ability to communicate and interact with University officials at all levels;

  • negotiating skills in land acquisitions; and

  • knowledge of current and developing legal issues and trends in educational law and related areas.

Location: Located in Kirksville, Truman plays a vital role in the thriving regional center of northeast Missouri. The city enjoys a low crime rate, excellent schools, and low cost of living. Within a few minutes’ drive, a broad range of outdoor recreational opportunities is easily accessible. Kirksville is connected to St. Louis (STL) by Cape Air ( Amtrak operates the Southwest Chief on daily schedules from LaPlata (13 miles from Kirksville) to Chicago, Kansas City, and points southwest to Los Angeles. A. T. Still University maintains dental and medical schools in Kirksville. More information about Kirksville can be found at

To Apply Applications, nominations and expressions of interest will be received until a list of candidates is put forward for final consideration. Review of candidates will begin immediately; to receive full consideration, materials must be received by October 16, 2020. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, detailed cover letter, and contact information for three references and be sent to:

 Jennifer Kopp Dameron, Chair
 General Counsel Search Committee
 Truman State University
 President’s Office, McClain Hall 200
100 E. Normal Ave.
 Kirksville, MO 63501


Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and

Truman is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-785-4031 or


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