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Special Counsel to the President/Labor Designee (Administrator)

Hunter College
New York City, New York
Salary commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 15, 2022

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Job Title                    Special Counsel to the President/Labor Designee (Administrator)

Job ID                        26041

Location                    Hunter College

Full/Part Time           Full-Time

Regular/Temporary  Regular


The Special Counsel to the President/Labor Designee reports directly to the President and provides legal advice on a broad array of issues, including, but not limited to: litigation, employment and labor law, compliance and contractual agreements, governance, fundraising, and immigration. The Special Counsel serves as hearing officer of disciplinary and grievance proceedings and represents the College at higher levels of the disciplinary and grievance processes. The Special Counsel also serves as the College's liaison to the University's Office of Legal Affairs as well as the campus Ethics Officer and Records Access Officer. The Special Counsel provides legal support to the Vice Presidents, Senior Administrators, Deans, Department Chairpersons and Directors of College programs, units and College faculty, and the Director of Hunter College Campus Schools.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Responsible for the administration and interpretation of the University Bylaws, University and College policies and procedures, College governance charter, and various collective bargaining agreements.

- Handles employee grievances and disciplinary proceedings as well as student disciplinary appeals; advocates the College's position at appeal hearings.

- Works with attorneys in CUNY's Office of the General Counsel and Office of Human Resources Management and acts as the College's representative at arbitration.

- Investigates complaints filed from outside agencies; provides records, files, and documents required at legal inquiries and proceedings; prepares or reviews contracts and affiliation agreements entered into by the College; assists in proceedings before federal and state courts and administrative agencies; and ensures College compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

- Ensures compliance with promotional and tenure standards and multiple position policy promulgated by the City University of New York.

- Provides ongoing legal counsel and advice to College staff in areas related to contract and commercial matters involving College and College-affiliated entities.

- Performs other related duties as assigned by the President.



oupThis position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan.  All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and ten years' related experience.


Candidates must have a JD and be admitted to the N.Y. State Bar. The successful candidate will have excellent communication, interpersonal, conflict resolution, and organizational skills as well as excellent judgment.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.





Salary commensurate with education and experience ($97,957-$203,000).

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.



Applications must be submitted online by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website To search for this vacancy, click on SEARCH ALL POSTINGS and in SEARCH JOBS field, enter the Job Opening ID number 26041.

Click on the "APPLY NOW" button and follow the application instructions. Current users of the site should access their established accounts; new users should follow the instructions to set up an account.

Please have your documents available to attach into the application before you begin. Note, the required material must be uploaded as ONE document under CV/ Resume (do not upload individual files for a cover letter, references, etc.). The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format- and name of file should not exceed ten (10)characters – also DO NOT USE SYMBOLS (such as accents (é, è, (â, î or ô), ñ, ü, ï , –, _ or ç)).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please include:
- Cover Letter and/ or Statement of scholarly interests
- Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
- Names and contact information of 3 references

Upload all documents as ONE single file-- PDF format preferred.

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The search will remain open until the position is filled. 


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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.


















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