Legal Counsel

Hunter College
Posted Jan 18
Full Time
New York
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Job Title Legal Counsel and Labor Relations Director (HEO) - Legal Affairs Office Job ID 27666


Hunter College

Full/Part Time Full-Time Regular/Temporary Regular


Hunter College invites applications for the position of Legal Counsel and Labor Relations Director. Hunter College, a flagship campus of the City University of New York (CUNY), is a vibrant institution with a diverse and accomplished student body and eminent faculty. With more than 23,000 students, it is CUNY’s most populous senior college campus with a strong commitment to educating those whose access to higher education has historically been limited. The Legal Counsel and Labor Relations Director reports to the General Counsel and provides legal advice to the College on a broad range of issues including employment and labor law, contracts, compliance, governance, ethics, intellectual property and immigration. The position provides legal support to Vice Presidents, Deans, Chairs, faculty, and administrators, and serves as a liaison to the University Office of Legal Affairs with respect to litigation and arbitration. In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, the responsibilities include but are not limited to:

- Negotiate and draft of contracts, licenses, releases, and other legal documents. - Work with attorneys in CUNY Office of the General Counsel and Office of Labor Relations in connection with litigation and arbitration including matters relating to students, employees, and third parties. - Represent the college at hearings and arbitrations as the hearing officer and oversee the prompt completion of confidential staff investigations. - Provide legal counsel with respect to compliance with legal requirements, college and university policies and procedures, and contractual obligations.

- Research sensitive college-wide HR issues and provide recommendations to the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources. - Review and respond to subpoenas, Freedom of Information Law requests, and other requests for college, employee, and student records. - Educate senior leadership on various labor relations policies and procedures. - Develop a thorough understanding of labor agreements, rules, and policies of the City University of New York (i.e. PSC/ CUNY Collective Bargaining Agreement, CUNY's Rules and Regulations, New York State Civil Service Laws, etc), and apply CUNY regulations appropriately by providing Deans, Vice Presidents, and Department Heads with guidance and mentorship. QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree and eight years’ related experience required. Membership in New York State Bar required. Preferred Qualifications

-Ability to work well as part of a team, take on a supervisory role when needed, work effectively and independently on multiple tasks. -Substantial non-profit law and contract negotiation and preparation experience. -Experience in large law firm setting with increasing managerial responsibility.

-Experience in higher education setting.

-Exceptional analytical and communication skills and judgment. -Experience interpreting laws and drafting and interpreting organizational regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines. CUNY TITLE OVERVIEW

Directs College Labor Relations functions requiring the highest degree of confidentiality, skill, sound judgment and attention to detail.

- Represents the College at grievances and disciplinary proceedings

- Writes labor/legal related briefs and decisions

- Responds to policy and procedural inquiries from a wide variety of College officials, including Vice Presidents, Deans and Department Chairs

- Responds to a variety of requests, such as employment discrimination complaints from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the New York State Division of Human Rights; subpoenas, and document requests

- Provides time-sensitive reports and information to internal and external sources, such as the New York Commission on Public Integrity

- Serves as liaison to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Labor Relations, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Management, and Office of the General Counsel

- Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Legal Counsel and Labor Relations Director CUNY TITLE

Higher Education Officer FLSA



Salary commensurate with education and experience($129,310-$141,858). CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


Applications must be submitted online by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website To search for this vacancy, click on SEARCH ALL POSTINGS and in SEARCH JOBS field, enter the Job Opening ID number Click on the "APPLY NOW" button and follow the application instructions. Current users of the site should access their established accounts;. New users should follow the instructions to set up an account. Please have your documents available to attach into the application before you begin. Note, the required material must be uploaded as ONE document under CV/ Resume (do not upload individual files for a cover letter, references, etc.). The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format- and name of file should not exceed ten (10) characters – also DO NOT USE SYMBOLS (such as accents (é, è, (â, î or ô), ñ, ü, ï , –, _ or ç)). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please include: - Cover Letter and/ or Statement of scholarly interests - Curriculum Vitae/ Resume - Names and contact information of 3 references Upload all documents as ONE single file-- PDF format preferred CLOSING DATE

The search will remain open until the position is filled. The committee will begin reviewing complete applications on December 8, 2023. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if the position/s remain open after initial round. JOB SEARCH CATEGORY

CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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