Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 2,800 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community.  To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members–students, faculty and staff. The College’s commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.


The General Counsel is the College’s senior legal officer, reports to the President and is a member of the President’s Cabinet. Provides professional legal advice and guidance to the Board of Trustees, President, and administrators. Manages litigation, supervises external counsel and acts as liaison to counsel for College insurance carriers. Advises the College in student, employee, and faculty matters (e.g. tenure issues).  Coordinates the compliance efforts of the College and collaborates with various College constituencies to develop and review College policies, procedures and programs to ensure that the College complies with legal and regulatory requirements and risks are managed. Represents the institution in legal matters with municipal, state and federal agencies, funding agencies, and other external parties. Reviews, prepares, negotiates and approves contracts relating to the institution’s operations across a broad range of subject matters, including leases, licenses, purchases, sales, insurance, employment, trusts, and consulting arrangements.   Supervises outside counsel retained to assist with matters requiring specialized legal expertise.  Handles the resolution of legal claims, issues or transactions on behalf of the College in conjunction with other College officials. Provides legal guidance and advice to the College’s Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators regarding Title IX, VAWA, Clery Act and other related laws, regulations, and guidances.


  • J.D. degree, must be a member of MA state bar (or eligible for admission by motion).
  • At least ten years of progressively responsible success in the representation of governmental, higher education or other complex organizations and knowledge of higher education law, experience in crisis management a plus.


  • Overall broad legal knowledge (contracts, litigation, employment & labor law, Title IX, student issues etc.)
  • Proactive: proven track record of anticipating legal issues and the risk environment; able to “see around the corner”.
  • Collegial: proven track record of establishing and maintaining professional relationships with highly skilled professionals, in many different areas of expertise.
  • Professional: up-to-date with current trends and best practices, active in professional organizations, and engaged in personal professional improvement.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This is an Exempt level position. A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA). To review our Employee Benefit Options, please go to: http://offices.holycross.edu/humanresources/benefits

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Full announcement and application link at: www.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=60470 The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace