Staff Attorney (Assistant or Associate General Counsel)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – O – Exempt
  • 04 – P – Exempt
Work Unit:
Office of the President
Office of General Counsel
Full/Part Time:


The Assistant or Associate General Counsel will focus on labor and employment law counseling, including hiring, discipline, terminations, pay, benefits, civil rights, regulatory, constitutional and other human resources-related legal and policy issues affecting non-faculty employees; will handle certain administrative agency employment-related claims and in other instances will advise Penn State offices that handle such claims; will manage non-faculty employment-related litigation undertaken by outside counsel; will work with other lawyers in the office who handle employment and other legal issues related to faculty, including tenure and promotion; will handle directly and/or supervise outside counsel in labor relations and union issues; and will handle other higher education legal matters as assigned. Requires a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school plus five years of relevant experience. Applicants must be admitted to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or be eligible for admission. The successful candidate must also demonstrate the highest level of integrity and professionalism, possess superior communication skills, have the demonstrated ability to work in a collegial and professional manner with peers and clients, have a record of academic and professional excellence, and have an interest in practicing higher education law in a general counsel’s office of a major public university. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a J.D. or L.L.B. from an ABA-accredited law school or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088