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by Vanderbilt University - 07/02/2021
"The ideal candidate will have experience in most of the following relevant areas of federal and state law and regulation: nondiscrimination laws, including but not limited to accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act"
Associate General Counsel (Labor and Employment)

Nashville, TN, United StatesShow Search Results
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Legal & Compliance
Nashville, TN, United States

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07/09/2021, 01:57 PM
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Full time
Job Description
Vanderbilt University is seeking an Associate General Counsel responsible for providing legal counsel on labor and employment matters, including but not limited to: day-to-day advice, labor and employment law compliance, policy development, employment-related legal actions (e.g., EEOC complaints and litigation), discipline, disability accommodations, discrimination and harassment, affirmative action, collective bargaining, and labor relations

The ideal candidate will have experience in most of the following relevant areas of federal and state law and regulation: nondiscrimination laws, including but not limited to accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act; National Labor Relations Act; wage and hour laws; the Family and Medical Leave Act; OSHA; immigration law; OFCCP and other regulatory obligations for government contractors/grantees; state laws including workers’ compensation; and other laws as may be relevant to advise institutional clients on investigations and compliance requirements. Experience advising on law enforcement matters (to support the Vanderbilt University Police Department) would be a plus. We seek a creative problem-solver with excellent oral and written communication skills who can effectively and independently handle sensitive and urgent issues, as well as competing time demands for multiple projects, in a timely and ethical manner and who will contribute to the highly collaborative working environment within the Office of the General Counsel and across the university.

The Associate General Counsel’s primary role will be to provide practical, knowledgeable, comprehensive legal counsel to university administrators on a wide range of labor and employment related matters, including day to day advice, compliance, training, and investigations. A successful candidate will have the ability to reach rapid and accurate decisions in high-profile and time-sensitive circumstances, as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

The Associate General Counsel may also work within the highly collaborative Office of the General Counsel to provide advice and counsel on a variety of other issues facing academic institutions and large employers, based on the individual’s experience and interests and the needs of the university. The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice to all Vanderbilt departments in areas covering contracts, intellectual property, taxation, business matters, and personnel issues (including tenure).

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides legal advice to all Vanderbilt University departments. The OGC commits to agile service delivery aligned with the university's mission, priorities, and needs. All litigation proceedings are managed by the Office of the General Counsel on behalf of the university.

Note: A resume, cover letter, and writing sample are required in order to be considered for this position. Please upload all three of those documents to the Supporting Documents page during the application process. Applications that do not contain a resume, cover letter, and writing sample will not be reviewed.

Duties and Responsibilities

Advise clients on time-sensitive issues in situations involving labor and employment matters for faculty and staff, which may include complaints and related investigations as well as compliance matters with complex interpersonal dynamics.
Demonstrate strong analytical and counseling skills, judgment, and empathy.
Conduct legal research and provide clear and practical written and oral advice.
Produce work on a level of parity with sophisticated outside counsel and interact successfully with senior officers of the university.
Advise on and develop university processes and policies. Serve as legal advisor to key Vanderbilt work groups, committees, boards, and other related entities as assigned.
Understand and manage risk and compliance issues in a complex environment. Provide guidance and assistance to other colleagues in the Office of the General Counsel in a highly collaborative fashion.
Engage and manage outside counsel as needed to represent Vanderbilt University.
Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or required in an evolving environment.

JD degree
JD degree and a minimum of five (5) years of legal experience.
Employment contingent upon State of Tennessee licensure or registration and receipt of In-House Counsel Practice Certificate.
The successful candidate must also apply for and become fully licensed in the State of Tennessee within 12 months of employment.
Experience providing legal counsel to an institution of higher education or in academic or non-profit settings is preferred.
The candidate is expected to be proficient in using common technology for document creation and management, including the Microsoft Office suite.
Legal project management experience and skills would be preferable.
Can proactively communicate clearly and effectively to personnel at different levels across the institution on complex issues and matter status.
Committed to fostering a collaborative environment founded on communication and teamwork.
Able to quickly identify key issues and propose business solutions to the university clients.
Has a service-oriented attitude committed to meeting the needs of clients across the university.
Adapts well to changing environments and job demands.
Takes ownership of projects and consistently produces excellent results.
Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 in the Princeton Review among 382 top colleges and universities for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.

About Us
Vanderbilt is a community of talented and diverse staff & faculty!
At Vanderbilt University , our work - regardless of title or role - is in service to an important and noble mission in which every member of our community serves in advancing knowledge and transforming lives on a daily basis. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, on a 330+ acre campus and arboretum dating back to 1873, Vanderbilt is proud to have been named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” as well as a top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area by Forbes for several years running. We welcome those who are interested in learning and growing professionally with an employer that strives to create, foster and sustain opportunities as an employer of choice through:

Working and growing together as a community of communities... we are One Vanderbilt.
Providing a work environment where every staff and faculty member can be their authentic and best self, while providing the resources and opportunities to learn and grow.
Encouraging development, collaboration, and partnership both internally and externally while fostering the value that every member of the Vanderbilt community can lead and grow regardless of title or position.
We understand you have a choice when choosing where to work and pursue a career. We understand you are unique and have a story. We want to hear it. We encourage you to apply today so that you might become a part of our story.

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Vanderbilt University has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University recently announced that students, faculty, and staff, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at Vanderbilt, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Effective, August 1, 2021, proof of full vaccination or an approved accommodation will be required before the start of employment in order to work at Vanderbilt University.

Accommodations for medical and religious exemptions can be requested with the Equal, Opportunity and Access Office

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