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The Associate/Assistant General Counsel reports directly to the Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary. The position requires strong expertise in all aspects of employment law but will grow into a more generalist position over time. The candidate must have both deep expertise in employment law and a strong desire to utilize or develop expertise in other substantive legal areas, including for example conflicts of interest, human subjects protection (support of the institutional review board), information security (sensitive and proprietary information), etc.
Advising and supporting the Human Resources Department (HR) regarding employee relations matters, performance management, and terminations.
Wage and hour compliance, in particular under California law.
Advising and supporting HR and management on requests for accommodation of disabilities, leaves of absence, etc.
Reviewing disclosures and ethics letters provided by current and former government employees who are potential candidates for employment at RAND.
Investigating or overseeing investigations of internal complaints of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, as well as whistleblower reports.
Assisting with international employment issues.
Providing training to HR (and as needed, and in conjunction with HR, to management) on new laws and regulations, conduct of investigations, and other employment law subject matters as needed or requested by HR.
Handling administrative charges (e.g., EEOC, Virginia Human Rights Commission, California DFEH), including preparing position statements and responding to requests for information from the agencies.
Managing employment-related litigation, including supervising outside counsel and managing legal holds.
Effective use and management of outside counsel.
Other special projects assigned by the General Counsel.
The Associate/Assistant General Counsel will be expected to utilize and/or develop skills and expertise in other substantive legal areas, including, for example, the following:
Conflicts of interest, including screening outside professional activities.
Institutional Review Board/human subjects protection under the Common Rule.
Tax exempt organizations law.
Privacy and protection of sensitive and confidential information.
Records retention policies and practices.
Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school and a minimum of 7-10 years of substantial legal experience in employment law, wage and hour, and dispute resolution. Specific expertise in California employment law and wage and hours laws is required.
Member in good standing of the bar in at least one state.
If not a member of the California bar, must satisfy the requirements for the California Multijurisdictional Practice program set forth in the California Rules of Court and maintain active registration under the rules applicable to Registered In-House Counsel upon selection for the position and throughout tenure.
Admitted to and member in good standing of California, Virginia, or Pennsylvania state bar preferred.
Experience working with government contractors or knowledge of tax exempt organizations is a plus.
Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
Deep employment law expertise with a generalist outlook and strong desire to utilize and/or develop expertise in a variety of substantive legal areas.
Ability to demonstrate sound judgment and analysis even in ambiguous situations.
Collaborative, collegial, and skilled at building consensus with diverse professional groups.
Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral.
Excellent organizational skills, ability to manage multiple projects at once and meet deadlines.
Ability and experience to work independently under only general supervision of the General Counsel.
Detail-oriented and work well under pressure.
Able to travel occasionally to other RAND offices in the U.S.
Able to obtain a US Government Security Clearance.
Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school.
A minimum of 7-10 years of substantial legal experience in employment law, wage and hour, and dispute resolution.
U.S. Citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.
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