Position Overview

The Vice President and General Counsel is the chief legal officer for Duke University, a world-class research institution with an affiliated academic medical center and major Division I athletics program. Reporting to the President of Duke University, the Vice President and General Counsel serves as a key member of the President’s Cabinet with overall responsibility for the vision, leadership, and execution of the University’s legal strategy.

The Vice President and General Counsel provides advice and broad counsel to the President and University leadership, the Duke Board of Trustees, Duke University, and the Duke University Health System on all significant legal matters and is consulted on key policy and issues affecting Duke. The Vice President and General Counsel is also responsible for leading and managing the University’s Office of Counsel.


The successful candidate will have at least 15 years of legal experience, with a deep understanding of the complex legal issues facing a decentralized research institution with a Division I college athletics program and an academic medical center. Candidates will have extensive experience interacting with senior executives and governing boards with varied interests and areas of responsibility. The ideal candidate is a collaborative and strategic leader, who has the proven ability to lead a large and diverse team. Experience in higher education is strongly preferred, as is experience handling and managing complex litigation matters.


Durham, NC. Relocation is required.

Interested Candidates

Duke University has engaged Major, Lindsey & Africa on an exclusive basis to conduct a search for a Vice President and General Counsel. All nominations, inquiries, and applications should be submitted directly to Major, Lindsey & Africa.


Equal Opportunity Employer & Title IX

Duke University prohibits discrimination and harassment and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke is committed to recruiting, hiring, and promoting qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Duke prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any of its educational programs or activities. For more information, please visit the policy.


A "Best Employer"

For years, Duke has ranked among the best institutions in the country for students and patients as a top university and hospital with some of the best graduate programs. Now, Duke's name is cropping up on prestigious lists that represent a different constituency — the more than 30,000 faculty and staff at Duke.

Duke Recognized as a 'Best Employer'