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Associate Counsel - Labor

Employer
University of Massachusetts
Location
UMass President's Office

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 519433
Position type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass President's Office
Department: PO-General Counsel
Categories: Legal Affairs
Advertised: Aug 16 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:

Primary Work Location:

Shrewsbury or Boston

Job Summary:

Labor and Employment attorney position in the Office of the General Counsel (“OGC”) responsible for providing legal advice and representation, including concerning of alternative dispute resolution procedures and litigation prevention strategies, related to labor and employment matters for the University's five campuses and System Office.

Essential Functions:

  • All aspects of arbitration and administrative advocacy including, but not limited to, case assessment and preparation, presentation of oral argument, witness examination, and submission of written briefs, position statements, appeals, and supporting materials before selected neutrals or administrative agencies.
  • Act as University Representative in alternative dispute resolution forums, such as sponsored mediation, fact finding, settlement facilitation, or non-binding interest arbitration.
  • Provide advice and guidance to campus and system labor relations representatives on a broad range of topics including, contract administration, compliance, and personnel actions.
  • Preparation of legal memorandum, reports, and written responses to procedural and policy inquiries from campus representatives and executive officers.
  • Review and provide legal comment on University policies, governing documents, proposals, and public statements.
  • Work with campus and system Human Resource Offices, Labor Relations Offices, Compliance, EEO and other campus labor and employment professionals to provide legal advice, counsel, and representation concerning grievances, arbitration demands, and Department of Labor Relations and other state and federal agency administrative matters.

Other Functions:

  • Act as a resource and liaison with campus and system Human Resources, EEO, Compliance, and OGC concerning external inquiries, information requests, and reviews.
  • Assist other OGC attorneys as needed in responding to MCAD/EEOC discrimination complaints.
  • Special projects as requested by campuses or as assigned by OGC leadership.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience):

  • J.D. Degree and licensure in Massachusetts.
  • No less than five and preferably more than ten years of legal experience in labor arbitration advocacy or related field or activity, preferably with experience in a higher education setting.
  • Experience practicing law in a trial setting or representing clients at administrative hearings.
  • Knowledge of Public Sector Labor Law including familiarity with administrative procedures at the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations and/or other state and federal labor agencies.
  • Familiarity with Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures and experience with case settlement.
  • Excellent written and oral communications and inter-personal skills and the ability to interact with senior administration, managers, supervisors, and employees as well as excellent analytical and problem solving skills, and the flexibility to work with a wide variety of matters and deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience):

  • Experience with contract negotiation and collective bargaining.
  • Experience in employment and civil rights law, including practice before MCAD and/or EEOC.
  • Interest in developing superior communication and mediation skills.
  • Interest in engaging in continued professional development through internal and external means.

Working Conditions:

Standard office workplace, located in Shrewsbury or Boston; travel by car as necessary to University campuses in Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and Worcester, Massachusetts state and federal courts, Massachusetts administrative agencies, and other in-state locations.

Additional Details:

Salary commensurate with experience up to $140,000

Company

About the University of Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts has been providing high quality educational opportunities for Massachusetts residents and for students and faculty from all over the world for more than 140 years. With campuses in Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and Worcester, and a Central Services Facility in Shrewsbury, UMass offers a variety of opportunities in every region of the state.

The University also serves the broad interests of Massachusetts and its businesses and communities with initiatives in the areas of economic development, business and government partnerships, and international relations.

Mission Statement

The University's mission is to provide an affordable and accessible education of high quality and to conduct programs of research and public service that advance knowledge and improve the lives of the people of the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

Join a diverse and dynamic team of professionals and contribute to a rich history of public higher education in Massachusetts.  The University firmly supports the concept of equal opportunity without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status as it applies to his/her employment, admission to and participation in the University's programs and activities, provision of services, and selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.

University of Massachusetts System

University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Medical School
University of Massachusetts Boston
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts Lowell

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