Univ Associate General Counsel, Litigation, Employment & Student Affairs Unit
CUNY City University of New York (System Level)
Location: New York, NY, 10176, USA
Internal Number: 22647
Job Title: Univ Associate General Counsel, Litigation, Employment & Student Affairs Unit
Job ID: 22647
Location: Central Office
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
The Office of the General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs at The City University of New York (CUNY) provides legal counsel to the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, and the University. The University Associate General Counsel in the Litigation, Employment and Student Affairs (LESA) Unit provides in-house legal advice and representation on a broad array of issues focusing on faculty, staff and student matters. In particular, the attorney will represent the University in employee disciplinary proceedings and in labor arbitrations of faculty/staff grievances involving the interpretation of collective bargaining agreements; assist outside counsel with litigations; handle administrative complaints of discrimination filed with the federal, state, and local agencies; and advise CUNY colleges and units on issues concerning alleged employee or student misconduct. The attorney will also provide legal advice to CUNY???s constituent colleges and Central Office administrators on a wide variety of matters, including legal issues in education, First Amendment, due process, and other constitutional protections, public employee labor and employment law, and the interpretation, drafting and revision of CUNY policies.
J.D. and five years related experience required. Current New York State Bar membership in good standing required, or admission in another jurisdiction with eligibility for admission to the NYS bar through reciprocity or passing of the NYS bar exam within one year of hire date required.
Significant civil litigation experience, including trial practice, or significant experience handling labor arbitrations or administrative hearings.
Experience handling labor or employment cases or issues.
The successful candidate will also demonstrate:
Exceptional interpersonal communication, writing, and contract drafting skills, along with strong
negotiation, mediation, conflict/dispute resolution, group facilitation, client counseling and presentation skills;
Detail oriented and accurate with exceptional critical analysis, research and evaluation skills;
Strong work ethic, character and personal integrity to work with the utmost professionalism,
confidentiality and diplomacy;
Proactive and flexible with ability to take initiative, exercise discretion and tact, use sound judgment to give advice, make decisions, and draw valid conclusions;
Strong organizational skills with ability to establish plans, manage a large and varied workload of assignments with conflicting priorities, follow up and complete work by prescribed deadlines;
Ability to produce results as an individual contributor and as a team member by working effectively, collaboratively, and cooperatively with diverse stakeholders, constituents, and clients of various levels;
Proficiency using standard office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint), legal software (Westlaw, Lexis, Workshare Compare, Clearwell), and e-mail/scheduling programs (Outlook) and video-conferencing software (Zoom, Microsoft Teams).
CUNY TITLE OVERVIEW
Provides professional in-house legal advice, representation, and assistance on a wide variety of issues and participates in evaluating and developing University policy related to legal matters.
Represents the University and its campuses at various types of internal and external meetings, negotiations, proceedings, and other activities
Provides legal counsel and guidance to University and campus leadership
Assists outside counsel and works as a team with other in-house and college attorneys
Provides legal and policy analysis of issues and participates in developing and drafting policy
May be assigned to one or more area of legal specialization as detailed below under Campus-Specific information
May supervise non-attorney staff and/or student employees
Performs other related duties, as assigned
Higher Education Officer
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Salary is commensurate commensurate with education and experience.
CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Health Plan Coverage for Employees Hired on or after July 1, 2019
City of New York employees and employees of Participating Employers and their eligible dependents hired on or after July 1, 2019 will only be eligible to enroll in the EmblemHealth HIP HMO Preferred Plan and must remain in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first year (365 days) of employment.
After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365th day period. If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day. Only after the 365th day can the employee participate in any Annual Fall Transfer Period.
An employee who needs to request an exemption from the required enrollment in the HIP HMO
Preferred Plan can do so by submitting a HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form to EmblemHealth. An employee, or eligible dependent, must meet certain criteria and the request must be approved by EmblemHealth before the exemption is granted. The HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form and HIP service area are available on the EmblemHealth website.
HOW TO APPLY
For full consideration, submit a cover letter and resume online via CUNY's web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined. The direct link to the job opening from external sources is:
Current CUNY employees must apply through CUNYfirst Employee Self Service using your login credentials. After you login to CUNYfirst, navigate to job openings by following the path from the Main Menu: Self Service ???>Recruiting Activities ???>Careers ???>Managerial and Professional
Open until filled review of resume begins August 12, 2021.
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EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.
About CUNY City University of New York (System Level)
The City University of New York provides high-quality, accessible education for more than 269,000 degree-credit students and 270,000 adult, continuing and professional education students at 25 campuses across New York City. The University is an integrated system of senior and community colleges, graduate and professional schools, research centers, institutes and consortia. From certificate courses to Ph.D. programs, CUNY offers postsecondary learning to students of all backgrounds. It provides the city with graduates trained for high-demand positions in the sciences, technology, mathematics, teaching, nursing and other fields. As CUNY has grown, the University also has strengthened its mission as a premier research institution, building an array of modern facilities and expanding the ranks of its world-class faculty. Throughout its history, the University has been an integral part of the city and state through partnerships with public schools, economic development initiatives, immigration aid and financial advice services and other community outreach programs. Today, CUNY faculty and staff continue to benefit New York City — as well as the entire nation — by serving as policy exper...ts to business and government, advisers to nonprofit institutions, civic organizations and community groups. Students, too, are strongly encouraged to experience the cultural, educational and community-based opportunities of the five boroughs, through a network of internships and fellowships, to embracing the city as their campus.