Assistant General Counsel
Assistant General Counsel
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About the Opportunity:
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 law, litigation and other university matters. The successful candidate should have a sophisticated range of experience in all facets of employment law and will handle a variety of employment 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. 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, confidentiality, and risk assessment/analysis.
We are working with an Executive Search Firm: Major, Lindsey, Africa. Please submit a resume addressed to: Nancy Reiner, firstname.lastname@example.org or Bob Mannino email@example.com. No telephone calls please. You may be required to complete additional documents to be considered for this position.
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 at 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 and litigation 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
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.
Representing the University in all aspects of complex employment litigation filed in state and federal courts and with administrative agencies (e.g., MCAD, EEOC and other administrative agencies). Essential Edit Remove
Researching and providing oral and written advice and guidance on hiring, promotion, tenure, evaluation, discipline, terminations and separations, reorganizations, reductions in force, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodations, workers compensation, wage and hour considerations, multi-state and global employment issues, harassment and discrimination. Essential Edit Remove
Conducting and directing internal investigations of alleged discrimination, harassment, retaliations, and other civil rights-related claims, including reviewing outcomes and human resources and other University policies and processes. Responding to and advising on subpoenas and participation in and management of litigation. Providing assistance to internal partners within the University on issues including, but not limited to, student affairs, Title IX, faculty affairs, confidentiality, and risk assessment/analysis. Drafting, analyzing, and reviewing workplace policies and codes of conduct.
The successful candidate will have 8+ years of progressively sophisticated experience in all facets of general litigation and employment law including internal investigations, wage and hour considerations, drafting and analyzing workplace employment policies and representing employers in complex employment litigation in both state and federal court. Experience as a member of an In-house legal department, particularly in higher education or governmental institutions, is preferred but not required. Law firm candidates will be considered.
- A J.D. degree from an accredited law school.
- Admission to practice law in Massachusetts and a member in good
- At least 8 or more years of progressively sophisticated
experience in employment law and litigation in a law firm and/or
- Prior in-house experience, particularly in higher education or
governmental institutions is preferred.
- Experience advising and counseling clients regarding all
aspects of employment law, civil rights laws, and compliance
- 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.).
- Extensive trial and jury trial experience including experience
as a first chair in complex employment litigation
- Extensive experience conducting and responding to written
discovery requests and drafting legal pleadings including summary
judgement and other motions.
- Extensive experience taking and defending
- Experience handling a wide range of employment matters such as
employment discrimination, code of conduct, termination,
- 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
- Experience in multi-jurisdictional hiring and employment issues
- A creative problem solver with good 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
- Exceptional interpersonal skills.
- Collegiality and a willingness to support
- A strong executive presence
- A self-starter who is diplomatic, professional, and
- 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
- Hands-on, energetic, and motivated self-start
We are working with an Executive Search Firm: Major, Lindsey, Africa. Please submit a resume addressed to: Nancy Reiner, firstname.lastname@example.org or Bob Mannino email@example.com.
No telephone calls please. You may be required to complete additional documents to be considered for this position.
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.
To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity.
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