Principal Counsel - Labor & Employment
Company: CALIFORNIA MINORITY COUNSEL Program
Posted on: November 22, 2022
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This position requires substantial expertise in the labor and
employment practice area, providing advice to a diverse client base
for the University's 230,000 person workforce, including
system-wide and campus human resources, academic personnel,
compliance, and risk management staff. Services include significant
responsibility for traditional labor matters such as advice and
counseling during labor negotiations, interpretation of collective
bargaining agreements, and handling litigation before
administrative agencies such as before the Public Employment
Relations Board; handling and negotiating pre-litigated employment
disputes ; drafting, reviewing and revising a variety of documents
involving the University's interest, such as policies, contracts,
position statements, and advice memoranda; advising clients on a
broad range of issues; and conducting trainings.
The position requires substantial knowledge of federal and state
labor and employment laws including California public sector labor
laws such as the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act,
or the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Employment and
Housing Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in
Employment Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, California Family
Rights Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as privacy, First
Amendment, and whistleblower issues. The position involves
independently handling a full range of legal matters and projects
in the labor and employment area, to include the most complex and
that of substantial importance and impact; interpreting complex
facts and the law in areas of high ambiguity; and, providing
functional advice to clients regarding risk assessment and
All team members are expected to actively participate in
initiatives to promote diversity, equity, and/or inclusion, whether
at UC or in the community.
Provides advice and counsel on highly complex legal matters in
labor and employment law.
Independently handles a full range of legal matters and projects,
to include those which hold substantial importance and impact.
Interprets complex facts and the law in areas of moderate to high
Establishes effective relationships with key internal and external
Recognizes strategic needs of organization and proactively builds
relationships with appropriate stakeholders to ensure successful
Serves as a trusted strategic partner with University business
units, providing practical advice and alternative solutions to
Advises and renders opinions to clients with respect to the legal
implications of establishing or changing policy.
Works with colleagues at the Office of the President or
campus/medical center locations to develop and modify practices and
procedures to conform with changing legal requirements.
Directly negotiates matters on behalf of The Regents.
May act as a liaison with outside counsel, and/or represent the
University in administrative or court litigation.
Keeps informed on changing legislation and case law developments
affecting overall operations of the University as they relate to
the area of specialty; i.e., labor and employment law.
Complies with delegations of authority for committing University
Delegates work effectively to maximize efficiencies.
Provides clear expectations and feedback to help others to meet
expected levels of productivity and accuracy.
Provides functional advice, training and/or guidance and
effectively mentors less-experienced colleagues.
Typically requires 8 or more years of employment and/or labor law
experience in a law firm, or in-house counsel for an academic
institution, corporation or other entity.
Thorough understanding of highly complex labor and employment legal
issues and ability to foresee implications even when ambiguous or
Strong interpersonal communication skills, including proven ability
to actively listen, negotiate, persuade and educate.
Skills to gain trust and build credibility with a broad group of
colleagues and clients, to include senior leaders.
Advanced written communication skills and ability to create and
deliver effective materials and/or presentations appropriate to a
Effective research skills; ability to readily identify material
information in area of specialty; i.e., labor and employment laws
Proven decision making ability, even when the decision is
unpopular, earning credibility and support from colleagues and
Excellent abilities in collaboration, facilitation, and strategic
and creative thinking with OGC colleagues, clients and outside
vendors and agencies.
Commitment to the highest ethical standards.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion and
tact when handling sensitive or potentially sensitive issues.
Relevant practice experience for public sector or higher education
clients is preferred.
Experience handling traditional labor matters.
Experience in a university setting.
Skills in project management, and facilitating policy review and
Education: Advanced degree in related area
License/Certifications: Must be a member in good standing of the
California Bar. (Out-of-state hire would be afforded time to pass
the Bar within a reasonable period.)
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