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Secretary & Chief Legal Officer at Africa Nazarene University

The University Secretary and Chief Legal Officer is the head of the corporate legal services and the corporate secretariat services and is responsible for the legal affairs of the entire University. This role includes providing legal counsel to the Council and Board of Trustees, the Vice-Chancellor, Senate and Management Board.

 Responsibilities
• Develop university secretariat strategy, program, policy, procedures, framework, plan and guidelines
• Periodically review the effectiveness of the University Council, Management Board, Senate, Committees, and related governance organs
• Manage procedures for the recruitment and induction of new members into the governance organs of the University. Ensure each of these is properly constituted and congruent with University statutes and regulations
• Provide advice and guidance on the application and interpretation of the University’s governing documents and related governance processes and procedures as they apply to aspects of the University’s business. Also provide or obtain legal advice on various matters as and when requested
• Developing and leading corporate legal strategy to promote and protect the company’s matters
• Overseeing delivery of legal services and resources to accomplish corporate goals, strategies and priorities
• Maintaining proper corporate interactions with the relevant local, state and federal governmental bodies, legislatures and the community at large
• Advising the CEO and other senior corporate officers on a variety of issues
• Participating in the formulation of general management policy as a member of the executive management team
• Organize and distribute the agenda, coordinate, facilitate, and record minutes of the activities and discussions of the University’s governance organs and committees. Ensure that committee meetings and business are conducted satisfactorily, documentation provided on a timely basis, and that it is as concise as possible, and its content is appropriate

Follow up implementation of action plans from meetings when required
• Custodian of the University seal
• Develop and monitor the department annual plan and budget
• Provide technical advice and reports to management when required
Job Dimensions:
I. Financial Responsibility:
• Departmental budget
II. Working Conditions:
• Works predominantly within a comfortable office environment.

 Qualifications
• Master’s degree in Law
Professional Qualifications / Membership to professional bodies
• An Advocate of the High Court
• Member of the Kenya Institute of Certified Secretaries of Kenya
Work experience required.
• Minimum of six (8) years of relevant experience
Skills and Competencies:
• Executive disposition, and demonstrate high levels of integrity
• Ability to develop long term integrated and cross-functional operational plans
• Ability to operationalize strategy into action for the function
• Business/Financial acumen, business savvy, innovative
• Strategic management skills
• Communication skills
• Interpersonal skills
• Organizing and planning skills
• Analytical skills

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