Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking an Assistant General Counsel – Labor and Employment for the Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel. This position reports to the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsels. his attorney will work in a variety of areas, with a focus on providing advice, counsel, and representation in labor and employment matters.
Among the key duties of this position are the following
Preparing and litigating arbitrations of contractual and disciplinary grievances arising under faculty and staff collective negotiations agreements and advising on issues arising during collective negotiations; assisting in providing guidance in collective negotiations.
Handling unfair practice charges and other proceedings before the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission; conducting research, rendering advice, and representing the University in employment-related administrative proceedings before such agencies as the EEOC and New Jersey Division on Civil Rights.
Providing advice and counsel on a wide variety of legal issues that affect a public institution of higher education, including labor, employment, and 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); analyzing and evaluating pending legislation and regulations to determine if they apply to the University and, if so, their impact on the University; providing advice and guidance pertaining to drafting and reviewing University-wide policies and procedures; assisting with and participating in training and preventative law presentations for University administrators, managers and staff; participating in other legal projects as requested by the General Counsel or other supervising attorneys.
Advising senior administrators on matters in anticipation of litigation and preparing responses to attorney demand letters; collaborating with University Risk Management on insurance, indemnification and related issues.
Minimum Education and Experience:
JD degree from an accredited law school.
A minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience of increasing responsibility, with significant knowledge and experience in labor law/employment litigation, general employment law advice and counseling, including related union contract interpretation and disciplinary arbitration and administrative proceedings.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Superior academic credentials
Excellent communication skills, excellent writing skills, and the ability to work collaboratively 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.
Experience representing or working for public institutions of higher education.
Experience representing public sector clients or working as an attorney in the public sector.
Experience representing or working for public sector clients in New Jersey.
E-Billing software – legal invoice review and approval of matters
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
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 (but not more than one year after hire).
Posting Number: 20ST1200
Location: Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Internal Number: 116698
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.