JOB SUMMARY: The position of Associate Counsel reports directly to the University Counsel. The successful applicant will join a service-oriented Office of University Counsel in providing legal services to academic and administrative offices across the University. The Associate Counsel will function as a generalist, providing legal advice on a variety of matters affecting New Jersey City University. A significant proportion of the law practice concentrates on labor and employment matters and contracts and other transactional matters.
Provide legal counsel in the areas of academic and student affairs; contracts and purchasing, including real estate and construction; regulatory compliance; grants and sponsored research; intellectual property; labor and employment; discrimination; litigation; torts; environmental health and safety; emergency and risk management; privacy; government employee ethics regulatory matters; public records and open public meetings; public finance; risk management and insurance; constitutional law; and University governance issues. Prepare board resolutions as appropriate.
Manage matters with outside counsel including litigation, employee immigration applications, Unfair labor practice charges, mediation, and arbitration.
Serve as the liaison with the Attorney General’s Office on EEOC matters and advise the University’s Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity officer on EEO and Title IX investigations.
Offer legal counsel to administrators on contractual matters and regulatory compliance.
Provide guidance and counsel concerning action involving all unions on campus including implementation of agreements, and any matter involving litigation, grievances, appeals, claims or complaints.
Advise Human Resources on issues including compliance, performance management, leave of absence, benefits management, and all other HR functions subject to the management of the Office of Human Resources.
Serve as the campus’s principal negotiator in collective negotiations with the AFT. Work with the Provost, deans, and others concerning matters related to collective negotiations; keep campus administrators informed about collective negotiations developments; provide training for other campus representatives involved in negotiations. Serve as liaison concerning collective negotiations and labor contract administration matters with other institutions and the State Office of Employee Relations.
Administer the statewide collective negotiations agreement and local NJCU-AFT agreements, as well as other policies related to academic personnel, including meeting regularly with union representatives, informally resolving disputes, representing the University in grievance proceedings and arbitrations.
Provide advice and counsel on matters related to the statewide contract, local agreements, and related policies.
Provide advice and counsel to university managers in the administration of major academic personnel actions, reappointment, tenure, promotion, leave applications (sabbatical, sick, and unpaid), and compensation changes (range adjustments, release time, non-credit compensation) to ensure contractual compliance.
Work with and provide advice and counsel to other campus administrative offices (Affirmative Action, Human Resources) in responding to complaints (e.g., discrimination, harassment).
Other duties as assigned by the University Counsel.
REQUIREMENTS : Member of the New Jersey bar or another state bar in good standing (note- for applicants who are not members of the NJ bar, there is a requirement that NJ bar membership be obtained with a year).
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
The Office of University Counsel is a high-volume, intellectually challenging work environment. The successful candidate should possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
Excellent research and analytical skills, and sound judgment;
Knowledge of the broad array of legal issues that arise in a public higher education setting;
Excellent oral and written communication skills. The ability to collaborate and actively problem solve across functional and organizational lines;
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with other members of the Office and institutional clients; and successfully interact with the broader campus community and external audiences from academia, industry, and government;
Ability to prioritize tasks; organize work; handle multiple unrelated matters concurrently in a timely and proficient manner; and supervise staff;
Ability to make sound decisions and employ strong analytical skills and effective problem-solving skills to prevent or resolve complex problems; and
Aptitude to combine legal considerations with program and policy objectives in development of practical solutions that meet institutional needs.
Proficient in Microsoft Office, particularly Outlook and Word.
EDUCATION: JD degree from an ABA accredited law school
EXPERIENCE:Minimum of five years of professional legal experience in the practice of law.
Employment experience as legal counsel in an institution of higher education, government entity or large organization;
Experience in litigation and the practice of law regarding labor and employment, contracts and regulatory compliance.
New Jersey City University is an equal opportunity institution encouraging a diverse pool of applicants.
Cut-Off Date for Filing Applications: Open Until Filled
REQUIRED: letter of application, resume, and contact information for three professional references.
About New Jersey City University
The New Jersey City University mission is to provide a diverse population with an excellent university education. The University is committed to the improvement of the educational, intellectual, cultural, socio-economic, and physical environment of the surrounding urban region and beyond.