The University of Cincinnati’s Office of General Counsel is seeking an Associate General Counsel with extensive experience in labor and employment law and employment litigation. The Associate General Counsel will report to the Vice President for Legal Affairs & General Counsel or designee. The position primarily will be responsible for providing sound legal advice, counsel and advocacy on labor and employment matters involving University faculty, staff, student workers and labor unions, including, but not limited to: general HR matters; faculty and tenure matters; collective bargaining matters; discrimination and harassment complaints and claims; disability, family and medical leave, diversity and affirmative action issues; employment issues, including hiring, terminations, discipline, and performance management; wage and hour matters; employment agreements; representation in administrative agency proceedings; and, in collaboration with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, oversight and management of employment litigation. The position will also provide, manage, and coordinate quality legal services that include legal counsel, representation, and advocacy to the University on multiple unrelated matters rapidly, accurately, and effectively in a high-volume, fast paced environment, such as, litigation and other adversarial proceedings, management of outside counsel, student-related matters, contract review and negotiation, compliance, privacy, public records, constitutional law and administrative law.As a designated Assistant Attorney General, these legal services may be done in collaboration with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and must be performed consistently with the expectations of the Vice President of Legal Affairs, University stakeholders, and the Ohio Attorney General.
Handle labor and employment law matters within the University, including preparing responses to charges filed with administrative agencies such as the EEOC and providing oversight of employment litigation.
Provide legal advice and recommend course of action to resolve labor and employment legal issues in compliance with University policy and applicable laws.
Manage outside counsel, interact with other governmental offices, collaborate with University-affiliated organizations in a manner that prioritizes the University’s interests, and coordinate with the Ohio Attorney General on University of Cincinnati legal matters as needed.
Supervise or lead a team or unit or significant function within the Office of General Counsel.
Assist with resolving legal, procedural, or administrative issues in compliance with applicable legal standards.
Negotiate, draft, and administer a variety of commercial contracts, licensing agreements, leases, and other legal instruments memorializing the diverse activities of a large dynamic organization.
Conduct legal research and provide analysis, written and oral advice, and training as needed to keep the University and the members of the legal team current on laws and regulations affecting assigned areas.
Work closely and collaboratively with other members of the Office of General Counsel as a leader or follower, and support colleagues in a manner that improves team cohesion and trust.
Communicate, cooperate, and interact comfortably with a diverse community and multiple constituencies, including senior administrators, staff, faculty, students, trustees, external professionals and vendors.
Work effectively and efficiently in a high-pressure environment and respond quickly and appropriately to emergency situations.
Exercise excellent judgment and attention to detail, act with the highest degree of honesty and integrity, and demonstrate the utmost discretion.
Work independently with minimal supervision and take initiative when appropriate.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Legal Affairs & General Counsel or designee, and perform other related duties based on departmental need.
Juris Doctorate (JD) from an ABA accredited law school.
At least 12 years of experience practicing labor and employment law, including employment litigation.
Demonstrated skill set necessary to supervise or lead a team or significant function.
Licensed to practice and in good standing with the State of Ohio.
Comply with all legal and ethical rules applicable to an attorney licensed and practicing in the State of Ohio.
Highest level of legal research and analytical skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to multi-task, prioritize, and collaborate on a team while advising diverse stakeholders in a high-volume environment.
Qualify for appointment as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio.
Additional Qualifications Considered
Experience providing labor and employment legal services to a public entity or higher education institution.
The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.
As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).
The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.
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