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Associate General Counsel

Capella University

Capella University

Herndon, VA, USA · Minneapolis, MN, USA
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Provides legal advice and serves as in-house counsel to Strategic Education on a wide variety of matters.

This role is a full-time, individual contributor role and reports to the SVP, Government and External Affairs. This is a hybrid position, based in Minneapolis, MN or Herndon, VA.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist with federal regulatory matters related to two accredited institutions of higher education, including those related to Title IV, military student funding, and financial products.

  • Produce executive-level legal memos on statutory and regulatory issues germane to the company.

  • Provide legal analysis and advice to administrators on policy matters, especially regulatory compliance issues.

  • Investigate legal issues and recommend action to administrators.

  • Research federal and state legal questions.

  • Assist with general corporate matters.

  • Review university programs, procedures and policies for legal compliance.

  • Provide legal and compliance training to in-house clients.

  • Assist with litigation and administrative proceedings to which company is a party.

Job Skills:

  • Excellent analytical, oral and written communications skills.

  • Ability to produce high quality legal work product with little direction.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Strong computer/word processing skills, including knowledge of standard Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

  • Ability and willingness to apply independent judgment in a dynamic environment.

  • Excellent negotiation and communications skills

Work Experience:

  • Proven comparable law firm experience.

  • At least eight years of experience in the practice of law, preferably in a highly regulated industry.

  • 3-5 years of experience as a corporate lawyer, a staff attorney or associate attorney for a corporate law firm, or as in-house counsel for a corporation.

  • Higher education experience strongly preferred.


  • Bachelor’s degree and JD from an ABA-accredited law school required.

Certificates, Licenses, and registrations:

  • Bar admission is required in one or more of the following jurisdictions: Virginia, Minnesota, Maryland or Washington, DC.


  • Must be able to travel 10% of the time.

  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs.

  • Typical office setting.

  • Mobility within the office including movement from floor to floor.

  • Travel via plane, car, and metro may be required to perform this job.

  • Must be able to work more than 40 hours per week when business needs warrant.

  • Access information using a computer.

  • Effectively communicate, both up and down the management chain.

  • Effectively cope with stressful situations.

  • Strong mental acuity.

  • Regular, dependable attendance and punctuality are essential functions of this job.

  • Other essential functions and marginal job functions are subject to modification.


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