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Assistant/Associate General Counsel

American Museum of Natural History
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 4, 2023

American Museum Of Natural History

Assistant/Associate General Counsel

The American Museum of Natural History is seeking an Assistant/Associate General Counsel to join the Office of the General Counsel.

Primary areas of responsibility include providing legal counsel in the areas of employment law, labor law, employee benefits, immigration matters, and governance and policy. The Assistant/Associate General Counsel will report to the Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

Core responsibilities:
  • Devote substantial portion of time counseling institutional leaders and Human Resources on employment and labor laws in all aspects of the employee life cycle, such as hiring practices, performance management, proactive training of employees, diversity and inclusion initiatives, affirmative action compliance, employee policies, compensation, wage and hour issues, accommodations and leave issues, terminations, organizational restructuring, employee benefits, and other employment-related matters.
  • Partner with Museum colleagues including Human Resources, and managers to build efficient processes to maintain compliance with employment laws and regulations.
  • Provide strategic and tactical thought leadership on how best to manage all types of employment-related disputes in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
  • Consult on, draft, and maintain employment related documents, policies, and processes.
  • Keep current on changes to employment law and communicate changes and potential impact to Human Resources and other stakeholders.
  • Coordinate and drive completion of employment-related projects, including privileged internal audits and internal process reviews, new policy rollouts and implementation, and training programs that explain the various employment related risks and focus on reducing a client's exposure to legal claims.
  • Provide pre-litigation and litigation support for employee-related disputes.
  • Provide legal advice and guidance to Human Resources on a variety of issues including Title VII, FMLA, ADA, and ADEA, and assisting with the development of internal policies and procedures.
  • Counsel on and seek resolution to issues related to student and academic affairs.
  • Oversee and manage external counsel for major employment litigations, including strategy and spend.
  • May perform other duties including handling a variety of discrete transactional matters as assigned.

The expected salary range for the Assistant/Associate General Counsel is $165,000 - 210,000. The AMNH offers an extensive benefits package designed to meet the needs of our dedicated and diverse community.

Pay will be determined based on several factors. The hiring range for the position at commencement is based on the type of work and the scope of responsibilities. The salary and placement offered is based on a number of individualized factors, including, but not limited to, skills, knowledge, training, education, credentials, areas of specialization and depth and scope of experience.

Required Qualifications:
  • J.D. (from an ABA-accredited law school) and state bar admission in New York or eligibility for immediate membership.
  • 5+ years of experience in employment law.
  • Broad knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations; working knowledge of global labor and employment laws and regulations.
  • Experience conducting employment-related investigations.
  • Excellent judgment and the ability to balance legal risks with business strategy.
  • Strong team player who works well with others, and has excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to multi-task and manage multiple diverse matters at once, and inspire confidence among colleagues and institutional clients.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Professional experience providing legal services to institutions of higher education or cultural organizations and familiarity with key higher education laws and regulations, including Title IX, FERPA, and applicable state laws.
  • Experience drafting and negotiating employment-related and personal services agreements is a plus.
  • Experience in the practice areas of Student & Academic Affairs is a plus.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum does not discriminate with respect to employment, or admission or access to Museum facilities, programs or activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, current or former participation in the uniformed services, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin, or on account of any other basis prohibited by applicable City, State, or Federal law.

If special accommodations are needed in applying for a position, please call the Office of Human Resources.


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