The University of Connecticut, Office of Faculty & Staff Labor Relations has an immediate opening for a Labor Relations Associate & Staff Employment Attorney. Incumbent will work under the supervision and direction of the Director of Office of Faculty & Staff Labor Relations and Counsel for Labor & Employment and be responsible for independently performing a full range of labor relations activities at the University of Connecticut (Storrs and all regional campus locations except for the Health Center) including the administration of collective bargaining agreements and providing assistance with administering provisions of collective bargaining agreements and the adjustment of labor grievances. This position will also serve as a Staff Employment Attorney that will investigate and respond to employment-discrimination complaints initiated at the CHRO and EEOC, provide legal advice and counsel to University officials regarding labor and employment law compliance and assist the Office of the Attorney General in defending employment-related litigation matters that involve the University. With regard to legal representation of the University, this position has a dotted line reporting relationship to the General Counsel's Office through the Director of the Office of Faculty & Staff Labor Relations and Counsel for Labor and Employment.
This position is responsible for researching internal and external data and providing appropriate analysis and reports as needed to support collective bargaining and other labor relations matters; prepare labor relations and workforce analysis reports periodically and as requested by the Director; maintain records for grievance proceedings, arbitration and other labor relations matters; draft collective bargaining proposals, counter-proposals, labor agreements and other related documents; coordinate bargaining meetings, planning sessions, and updates with key administrators; conduct investigations into allegations of work-related misconduct; investigate and prepare responses to employment discrimination complaints pending before the CHRO, EEOC and other enforcement agencies. The incumbent may serve as a University representative and/or Attorney General designee for some or all aspects of employment-discrimination proceedings including mediation, fact-finding, and litigation; assemble records and other information, including electronically stored information, for employment-related administrative proceedings; assist and support the Office of the Attorney General in defending employment-related litigation matters that involve UCONN including the coordination of the University's response to discovery requests, attending depositions and other pre-trial hearings and related pre-trial legal work.
Minimum Qualifications: A Juris doctorate degree from an accredited law school and at least three years' experience in collective bargaining, labor relations and/or employment litigation (preferably in the public sector); admission to practice law in the State of Connecticut at time of appointment or within one year of hire date; considerable knowledge of employment discrimination laws and practice; experience conducting discovery, including e-discovery, for employment-related litigation; knowledge of collective bargaining and labor contract administration; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws and regulations that govern the workplace; outstanding organizational skills, excellent oral and written communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications: Previous university or college legal experience including knowledge of institutional policies and procedures, regulations and by-laws; experience representing public sector employers in legal and/or administrative procedures; knowledge of higher education law.
This is a full-time permanent position. The University offers an attractive State benefit package which includes access to tuition reimbursement, dependent tuition waiver and professional development funds. Salary range is $75,000 - $85,000.
Please apply on-line via Husky Hire and upload a letter of interest; resume; proof of CT bar admission or eligibility for admissions; and the names and contact information of three professional references. Please reference Search #2013337. Screening will begin immediately and preference will be given to applications received by 1/11/2013. The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.