Assistant General Counsel - Labor and Employment


Number of Vacancies: 1

Area of Consideration: Open to the public

Position Status: Full-Time, Regular

Pay Plan, Series & Grade: DS0059, Grade 2B

Salary Range: $104,641- $111,593

Closing Date: Open until Filled

Location: 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Washington D.C. 20008

Brief Description of Duties

The University of the District of Columbia is seeking an Assistant General Counsel experienced in employment and labor law to provide legal counsel on a full range of matters. The Assistant General Counsel will report directly to the General Counsel.

For this position, the Office of the General Counsel seeks an attorney who has substantial hands-on experience in handling employment and labor law matters, including wrongful termination, discrimination and wage and hour matters. is required. A successful candidate will have experience trying employment and labor law cases in federal, state and administrative courts, have strong oral, writing and negotiating skills, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. We seek a creative problem-solver who can effectively handle a large number of legal matters simultaneously in an ethical manner and who will contribute to the positive working environment within the Office of the General Counsel.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Experience handling a variety of employment and labor law matters.
  • Manage and assist outside counsel engaged to handle employment and labor law matters.
  • Assist clients in developing processes, documents, and forms to standardize business approaches.
  • Provide interpretation of applicable laws, rules, regulations and case law and develop policy and procedures to assure compliance with the same.
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  • Respond to subpoenas and discovery requests issued by third parties.
  • Provide practical, knowledgeable, comprehensive legal counsel to University administrators, faculty and staff on a wide range of operational matters.
Other Duties
  • Perform other related duties as assigned, which may include:
  • Draft responses representing the University’s official legal position on matters before enforcement agencies or other adjudicatory entities;
  • Train staff, faculty, and students on applicable legal requirements and University processes; and
  • Represent the University in legal and administrative proceedings and investigations including student disciplinary matters and complaints, internal grievance and termination hearings and external hearings before District, state and federal agencies.
Minimum Job Requirements
  • A minimum of five (5) years of the practice of law in the areas of employment and labor law. Experience in higher education or government, is a plus.
  • Comfortable using common technology for document creation and management, including the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Must have a J.D. from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). Candidate must either be admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia or be admitted in another jurisdiction and be willing and able to become admitted in the District of Columbia within 360 days of initial appointment.
  • Application materials should include a discussion of all relevant experience and a resume.
Information to Applicant

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is not part of the collective bargaining unit.

Employment Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the University of the District of Columbia' s retirement plan (TIAA).

Equal Opportunity Employer: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived actual race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, marital status, personal appearance, genetic information, familial status, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, place of residence or business, or status as a covered veteran, as provided for and to the extent required by District and Federal statutes and regulations. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Visa Sponsorship: At this time, the University of the District of Columbia does not provide sponsorship for visas (e.g. H-1B). This position is also ineligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Residency Preference: A person applying for a position who is a bona fide District resident at the time of application for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation. The determination of a 'satisfactory background investigation' is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia. The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and may terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Talent Management only.

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Talent Management at (202) 274-5380.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit: .

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