The Office of University Counsel provides legal representation and advice to Cornell University on a broad range of legal issues including business transactions, compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, government grants and contracts, litigation, labor and employment, faculty and student issues, privacy, intellectual property, technology transfer, information technology law, safety and environmental law, health law, real estate, international issues, non-profit and tax matters. The office represents the university in litigation and before regulatory agencies, as well as advising on legal exposures and engaging in preventive lawyering, including educational programs. All attorneys are expected to collaborate effectively to address the legal needs of Cornell University.
This attorney is principally responsible for advising the University's Division of Human Resources in the management and handling of labor and collective bargaining matters.
When University Counsel engages outside counsel on specific labor matters, this attorney will serve as the office's primary liaison to such counsel. This attorney will also collaborate with the Weill Cornell Medicine legal team in New York City on labor matters, and will address other employment-related matters as directed by the University Counsel.
Background check will be required.
J.D. or L.L.B. degree required. The individual must be a member of, or able to obtain prompt reciprocal admission to, the New York State Bar. Seven+ years of legal experience with a principal focus on labor law representing private sector employers, either in a private practice setting or in-house, or some combination thereof.
Excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills.
Demonstrated management side labor relations experience representing large clients in matters before the National Labor Relations Board and contract administration issues such as preparation of collective bargaining proposals, interpretation of contract language, grievance arbitrations, and judicial enforcement/ challenge to arbitration awards.
Broad expertise in federal law governing collective bargaining and employee rights.
Ability to collaborate with colleagues and with other university professionals across a variety of disciplines.
Intellectual curiosity, flexibility, a concern for others, and a balanced approach to the relationships between employees and institutional management.
Proficiency with office computer technologies.
Ability to work successfully as a team member in an office that handles a high volume and varied portfolio of legal matters.
Work experience in higher education (whether as outside counsel or in-house counsel).
Labor practice experience in New York State, including Region 3 of the National Labor Relations Board and the Northern District of New York.
Broad employment practice experience.
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