The Rice University Endowment is approximately $8 billion and ranks in the top 20 endowments of private research universities (by market value) in the US. The endowment is critical to the university's ability to achieve its goals. The annual distribution from the endowment funds nearly half of the university's annual operating budget. The Rice Management Company (RMC) is a division of Rice University with the goal of providing a stable source of funding for current university operations and to preserve and grow the purchasing power of the endowment to benefit future generations of students. The RMC is responsible for all endowment matters of the university including asset allocation, the selection and termination of investment managers and monitoring performance of the portfolio, and reporting to the Rice Management Company Board of Directors. The endowment primarily utilizes outside investment managers and invests globally across all asset classes.
Under direct supervision, the Legal Operations Specialist is responsible for a variety of administrative and financial matters for the legal department of the RMC. They implement plans, processes, and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient functionality of the department. This role reports to the General Counsel of the RMC.
Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications
Implements, administers and evaluates day-to-day business and administrative activities of the legal department of RMC
Assists in monitoring and approving expenditures
Organizes, manages and completes special projects
Collects and analyzes data, creates reports, reviews and explains trends; formulates and evaluates alternative solutions and recommendations to achieve the goals of the program or function
Analyzes and interprets contracts
Performs all other duties as assigned
Additional Functions / Information
Conducts scheduling and calendar management and processes incoming and outgoing correspondence, both physical and digital
Creates and maintains highly organized digital and physical documents
Expense coding for legal fee invoice reimbursements using file-based data import (FBDI)
Prepares legal documentation and correspondence, including redlines on contracts, agreements for RMC and the Ion
One year of related experience in a law firm setting or legal department
Superior skills in MS Office Suite, Outlook, and Adobe
Ability to prioritize work and multitask
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to take initiative and ownership of projects
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
Ability to exercise sound judgment in making decisions
Relevant subject matter knowledge
2-3 years of related experience in a real estate corporate setting and/or real estate investment firm
Previous experience interacting with outside counsel
Fluency in corporate real estate jargon
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