Director Employment Law, Sr Counsel

New York, New York, USA
12 Nov 2021
23 Jan 2022
Director, Senior Counsel

Job Summary
This Director, Senior Counsel will be a member of the employment law team to provide advice and counsel to the Human Resources Department and to the businesses. This opportunity will report to a Vice President, Deputy General Counsel.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Serve as a key legal advisor on employment law, employee relations matters and policy interpretation
- Provide legal strategic and business advice and support the Law Department on day-to-day employee relations matters and compliance, including recruiting, hiring and compensation, employee discipline, performance management, termination and restructuring, anti-discrimination, harassment prevention and no-retaliation, federal and state wage and hour compliance, leaves of absence and workplace accommodations and internal investigations of potential violations of Company policy.
- Draft, develop and implement workplace policies in collaboration with Human Resources and other business functions
- Support the Company's return to onsite work initiatives
- Evaluate and communicate legal risks associated with complaints, grievances, charges and other legal matters.
- Work with and manage outside counsel on employment related lawsuits, government proceedings
- Draft position statements to the EEOC, state human rights organizations, and DOL
- Prepare witnesses for deposition or trial
- Represent Company before administrative agencies
- Negotiate and draft settlement agreements concerning employment related matters
- Work to minimize legal exposure by proactively reviewing practices, forms, contracts, and policies regarding employment matters, while considering business objectives and practicalities
- Develop training materials and provide training on employment law issues and employment-related policies and practices to Human Resources professionals and other employees
- Actively monitor employment related legislation to ensure Company policies are compliant with the law
- Draft employment agreements, including severance agreements and other employment related agreements

Required Experience
- JD from an accredited law school and strong academic credentials
- Admission to the New York State Bar
- At least seven years of related experience including law firm and/or in-house experience
- Broad and deep employment law knowledge, including familiarity with litigation, ability to readily advice on a wide variety of employment law issues that arise in a complex, global, publicly-traded environment

Required Skills and Qualifications
- Ability to work independently, exercise good judgment and take ownership of issues and matters to their successful conclusion
- Preference to work in a fast-paced dynamic environment
- Attention to detail and ability to manage high-volume workload efficiently and smoothly, while meeting deadlines
- Superior written and oral communications skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills and executive presence
- A well-balanced consultative approach and the ability to work with business and legal colleagues across all levels
- Demonstrated ability to approach issues with both a rigorous attention to detail and a big picture strategic focus
- Strong cross-functional risk spotting skills
- High level of integrity with strong decision-making skills

Our Competencies for All Employees
- Courage: Doesn't hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and "actionable" positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.
- Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
- Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
- Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn't upset when things are up in the air; doesn't have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
- Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
- Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
- Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.
Our Competencies for All People Managers
- Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
- Developing Direct Reports and Others:Provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments; holds frequent development discussions; is aware of each person's career goals; constructs compelling development plans and executes them; pushes people to accept developmental moves; will take on those who need help and further development; cooperates with the developmental system in the organization; is a people builder.
- Building Effective Teams: Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong moraleand spirit in theirteam; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.
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