Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking an Assistant General Counsel for the Office of General Counsel (OGC).The Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel (OGC) represents the University in all legal proceedings and provides legal advice to the President, Board of Governors, and administration on a broad array of legal issues. OGC manages and supervises all legal affairs for the University; serves as the general legal officer of the Board of Governors and the University; and serves as legal adviser to the Board of Governors, the President, and to other administrative officers of the University. This position reports to the Senior Vice President and General Counsel and Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsels. This attorney works in a variety of areas, with a focus on defending the University and its employees in litigation and provides advice, counsel, and representation in labor and employment matters.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Defends the University on a wide variety of litigation matters (a substantial portion of which involves employment claims), generally in coordination with outside counsel.
Advises senior administrators on matters in anticipation of litigation and prepares responses to attorney demand letters; collaborates with University Risk Management on insurance, indemnification and related issues.
Prepares and litigates arbitration of contractual and disciplinary grievances arising under faculty and staff collective negotiations agreements and advises on issues arising during collective negotiations.
Conducts research, renders advice, and represents the University in employment-related administrative proceedings before such agencies as the EEOC and New Jersey Division on Civil Rights.
Provides advice and counsel on a wide variety of legal issues that affect a public institution of higher education, including constitutional issues, issues arising under Title IX, FERPA, the Open Public Records Act, the Open Public Meetings Act, and other student-related issues (such as discipline and disability accommodations).
Provides advice and guidance pertaining to drafting and reviewing University-wide policies and procedures.
Assists with and participates in training and preventative law presentations for University administrators, managers and staff; participates in other legal projects as requested by the General Counsel or other supervising attorneys.
Minimum Education and Experience:
A JD degree from an accredited law school.
A minimum of five years of relevant experience of increasing responsibility, with significant knowledge and experience in employment litigation and/or general litigation and labor and employment matters, including related arbitration and administrative proceedings.
Admitted to practice law in New Jersey or admitted in another jurisdiction and willing and able to become admitted in New Jersey as soon as practicable.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent communication skills, excellent writing skills, and the ability to work with colleagues both within the OGC and within the University as a whole.
Comfortable taking responsibility for addressing complex legal issues within the context of a vibrant and ever-evolving institution of higher education.
Strategic decision-making and independent sound judgment as applied to complex and nuanced factual scenarios.
Ability to function effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple and changing priorities and objectives.
Superior academic credentials
Experience representing or working for public institutions of higher education.
Experience representing public sector clients or working as an attorney in the public sector.
E-Billing software – legal invoice review and approval of matters
Posting Number: 19ST4606
Location: Downtown New Brunswick
Internal Number: 104370
About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.