Executive Director American University of Sharjah

  • Full time
  • Sharjah, UAE
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
  • 25000-35000 AED / Month

American University of Sharjah

The Executive Director of Legal Affairs and Compliance at AUS will oversee the legal and compliance functions across AUS and its affiliated enterprises. Reporting directly to the AUS Chancellor, this individual will be crucial in ensuring adherence to legal regulations, ethical standards, and effective governance practices. This office will collaborate closely with various departments to foster a culture of compliance, transparency, and ethical decision making.

Responsibilities of Executive Director

Legal Duties:

  • Provide expert legal counsel and guidance to various university stakeholders, including senior leadership, academic departments, faculty, and support units, on various legal matters such as contracts, non disclosure agreements, external consulting, and regulatory compliance.
  • Develop legal procedures, policies, and Bylaws for the university and affiliated entities.
  • Evaluate internal and external legal disputes, oversee contract negotiations, and review legal agreements to safeguard the university’s and affiliated entities’ interests.
  • Act as the university’s legal representative in legal departments and courts, oversee interactions with external legal counsel, and represent the university in legal proceedings when necessary.
  • Supervise the preparation of presentations on legislation affecting the university or affiliated entities while also developing legal guidelines for interpreting laws, regulations, and university procedures.
  • Monitor legal developments and regulatory changes in the UAE and relevant international jurisdictions, advising on their implications for the university and recommending necessary actions to ensure compliance.

Compliance Duties:

  • Lead the development and review of university policies and procedures to ensure alignment with legal requirements and best practices, enhancing overall compliance and governance.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive compliance program encompassing all university operations. Ensuring strict adherence to relevant laws, regulations, and ethical principles while staying updated on emerging compliance trends and integrating best practices.
  • Oversee compliance monitoring with legal regulations, policies, and industry standards and establish effective reporting mechanisms for identified non compliance issues.
  • Identify legal risks, implement mitigation strategies, and ensure comprehensive organizational risk management.

Job Requirements of Executive Director

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an accredited law school.
  • Minimum 10 years experience in legal and compliance roles. With a preference for experience in higher education or a related field. Proven experience in leading teams and driving organizational change.

Skills & Knowledge Desired

  • Familiarity with local laws, legal practices, and professional connections in the local landscape.
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex legal and compliance issues effectively.
  • Admission to the state bar or equivalent qualification in another jurisdiction, in good standing.

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