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University of Rochester Associate/Assistant Counsel, Labor & Employment - 227923 in Rochester, New York

Associate/Assistant Counsel, Labor & Employment Job ID 227923

Location Central Administration Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 056 Office VP & University Counsel



Provides legal services and advice on employment and labor law for all components of the University, including but not limited to the University of Rochester Medical Center.


Exercising independent judgment and initiative, Associate/Assistant Counsel shall work collaboratively with the other lawyer(s) in the Office of Counsel to:

Provide legal advice, counsel, and updates, specific to both unionized and non-unionized employee populations, on such typical labor and employment topics as recruitment and termination, compensation, leaves of absence, accommodations, complaints of harassment and discrimination, performance management, affirmative action, policy interpretation and changes, and other labor and employment based regulatory and compliance matters;

Manage employment-related litigation and pre-litigation matters, including but not limited to advising administrators in connection with investigations and related internal appeals by employees and handling defense of agency charges and complaints filed with the EEOC, the NYS Division of Human Rights, the Department of Labor, and other governmental agencies (OCR, OFCCP, NLRB), for the University of Rochester, its Medical Center, and affiliates;

Draft and offer revisions to analyses, reports, correspondence, and policies, as requested, relating to labor and employment matters;

Oversee and manage outside legal counsel working on University or affiliate legal issues and litigation matters and disputes against the University, its affiliates, and/or their personnel;

Support special projects, as assigned, to identify legal issues and recommend appropriate action, including through coordination with lawyers in the Office of Counsel and other University and affiliate constituents;

Produce periodic and annual reports concerning statistics on internal and external employee complaints and resolutions of those complaints;

Stay informed about and update the Office of Counsel about changes in regulations and laws relating to labor and employment matters relevant to the University’s operations;

Deliver consistent, superior quality, timely, ethical, and efficient legal services for the University and its affiliates consistent with standards of professional conduct, while contributing positively to a collegial, cooperative work environment;

Conduct risk management and legal educational presentations for administrative personnel, including the development of legally compliant training materials on labor and employment law topics; and undertake such other duties as may be assigned by the General Counsel or the Senior Counsel, Labor and Employment (including acting on his/her/their behalf in event of absence, as requested) or as may be requested by senior administrators.


J.D., New York State bar admission, and a minimum of five/seven years of relevant legal experience with demonstrated depth and specialized knowledge in the field of labor and employment law relevant to the needs of the University, including the University Medical Center; preferred candidate will have direct labor and employment experience with large and/or complex employers, ideally with higher education institutions including faculty matters, experience with health care clients, experience with unionized employee populations, and experience litigating or managing labor/employment claims/litigation. Excellent interpersonal skills required.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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