Position Description

Director of Legal Affairs (Associate General Counsel)
Location National Office - Indianapolis
Job Code 1168
# of openings 1
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Job Title

Director of  Legal Affairs (Associate General Counsel)

Job Function:

This position is the day-to-day legal liaison to NCAA championships and related functions for contract drafting and interpretation, as well as legal issues related to business partners, including licensing, media, and corporate relationships.  This position also has legal oversight over the Association’s intellectual property. The position also interacts with other NCAA national office departments that have need for legal analysis.


Job Responsibilities


  • Legal advisor on contractual matters throughout national office departments, particularly related to championships, events, sponsorships, and other business partnerships
  • Legal advisor related to digital and broadcast content and functions
  • Legal advisor for new business initiatives of the Association
  • Legal advisor for protecting and managing the Association’s intellectual property
  • Legal advisor for the formation of policy and processes related to championship competition and operations
  • Oversight of outside legal counsel for litigation and other disputes involving business, championship, and IP portfolio.
  • Legal counsel to NCAA regulatory groups in development and enforcement of policies and processes
  • Other duties as assigned.



Job Requirements

  • Must have a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school.


  • A minimum of ten years as a lawyer actively practicing law preferred. 


  • A minimum of seven years as in-house counsel and/or as outside counsel specifically working on matters for clients in fields of higher education, sports, media, and/or entertainment required.
  • Active bar admission in at least one state with eligibility to be recognized for Indiana business counsel licensure.


Key Competencies

  • Thoughtful Legal Analysis – Must be able to distill and explain complicated and unique legal issues to national office clients and membership governance groups.
  • Communicates Effectively – Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.


  • Manages Complexity – Make sense of complex, high quality and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve issues.


  • Drives Results – Consistently work to help client identify positive outcomes and work to achieve client goals, even under tough circumstances.
  • Situational Adaptability – Adapt approach and demeanor in real time to match the shifting demands of different situations.
  • Organizational Savvy – Maneuvering comfortably through complex policy, process and people-related organizational dynamics.
  • Collaboration – Working with cross-function teams and with other OLA staff to apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.