The Office of the General Counsel at Northeastern University seeks a full-time attorney to provide support for the University and its various colleges and departments in the areas of employment, litigation, and other university matters, including labor. The successful candidate should have a sophisticated range of experience in all facets of employment law and will handle a variety of employment matters. Preferred experience in labor matters. Responsibility for litigation and other university matters will include responding to MCAD, EEOC and other administrative agency complaints or inquiries, responding to and advising on subpoenas, and sophisticated participation in and management of litigation. Preferred experience in higher education or other complex non-profit organization. The Assistant General Counsel will also be responsible for assisting with other university issues including, but not limited to, student affairs, Title IX, faculty affairs, risk assessment/analysis, training and education.
The successful candidate should have strong litigation skills including in depth experience with pleadings, discovery, depositions, motion work, e-discovery, oral argument and trial work. Litigation responsibilities will encompass drafting and responding to pleadings, motions, and discovery, representing the university in court and before administrative agencies, as well as overseeing and collaborating with outside counsel.
Reporting to the Vice President of Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel, Lisa Sinclair, the Assistant General Counsel will work closely with and accept direction from senior attorneys in the Office of General Counsel who specialize in employment, litigation and matters.
The successful candidate must demonstrate a positive, strong and proactive work ethic, and the ability to prioritize a heavy, complex, and varied workload. This position requires a demonstrated capability for legal research, writing, analysis, and reasoning; an ability to develop and maintain successful, collaborative professional relationships; impeccable oral and written communication skills; an ability to communicate and negotiate effectively and professionally with external parties (regulators, external counsel, agencies); an ability to identify and resolve complicated and sensitive problems creatively and with professional discretion; to handle complex matters involving multiple stakeholders; and an ability to function successfully as a member of a team as well as independently, creating relations of trust, in a deadline driven, fast-paced academic and research environment. The successful candidate is expected to use independent judgment where appropriate while keeping supervisors and senior attorneys appropriately informed and involved.
No telephone calls please. You may be required to complete additional documents to be considered for this position.
The successful candidate will have 5 or more years of progressively sophisticated experience in all facets of general litigation, employment, and labor law including internal investigations, wage and hour enforcement, drafting and analyzing workplace employment policies, representing employers in complex employment litigation in both state and federal court, and assistance with collective bargaining. Experience as a member of an in-house legal department, particularly in higher education or governmental institutions, is preferred Law firm candidates with on-point experience will be considered.
A J.D. degree from an accredited law school.
Admission to practice law in Massachusetts and a member of the Bar in good standing.
At least 5 or more years of progressively sophisticated experience in employment law and litigation in a law firm and/or in-house.
Prior in-house experience, particularly in higher education, non-profit or governmental institutions is preferred.
Experience advising and counseling clients regarding all aspects of employment law, civil rights laws, and compliance issues
Experience representing employers in all aspects of complex employment litigation filed in state and federal courts and with administrative agencies (e.g., EEOC, MCAD, etc.).
Trial experience including in complex employment or civil rights litigation.
Experience conducting and responding to written discovery requests and drafting legal pleadings including summary judgement and other motions.
Experience taking and defending depositions.
Experience handling a wide range of employment matters such as employment discrimination, code of conduct, termination, etc.
Deep knowledge of and familiarity with the rules of civil procedure of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Federal Rules of Civil procedure.
Experience drafting, analyzing, and reviewing workplace policies and codes of conduct.
Experience conducting and directing internal investigations of alleged discrimination, harassment, retaliations, and other civil rights-related claims.
Experience in multi-jurisdictional hiring and employment issues also preferred.
A creative problem solver with excellent judgement.
Adaptable and flexible personality with the confidence and energy to handle multiple projects.
Ability to interact effectively and persuasively with clients and senior leaders at all levels of the University.
A team player who leads by exemplifying shared organizational values.
Exceptional interpersonal skills.
Collegiality and a willingness to support colleagues.
Ability to work independently and with a professional and entrepreneurial attitude.
Outstanding written/verbal communication skills.
Strong organizational skills that reflect the ability to perform and prioritize a high volume of multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to context, substance, and detail while meeting goals and strict deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to communicate complex concepts in a simple, compelling, concise, and creative way.
Skillful negotiation in tough situations with both internal and external groups.
Hands-on, energetic, and motivated.
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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.