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Immediate opening for a full-time employment and higher education law attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at Stanford University.  This is a University Counsel position.  The attorney will provide legal advice to the University on all aspects of employment law, with a particular focus on wage/hour compliance, Title IX and other areas of higher education law related to discrimination and harassment, oversight of investigations and grievances. The position requires excellent judgment, discretion, flexibility, and the ability to handle a high volume of work in a dynamic and demanding environment. Must be able to work independently, while also partnering and working with outside counsel and other staff attorneys.  In this role, the attorney can expect to:



  • Provide timely and accurate advice to clients in all areas of employment law and labor relations, including wage/hour, discrimination, harassment, disability accommodation and leave management.

  • Work closely with Human Resources and Faculty Affairs management to support business objectives in a variety of areas, with a focus on wage and hour compliance and investigation oversight.

  • Utilize expertise and current knowledge of changing federal, California, and local laws relating to employment matters to advise management with particular focus on wage/hour, faculty affairs, Title IX matters, other areas of higher education law related to discrimination and harassment and other matters of strategic importance. 

  • Oversee workplace investigations, including those involving employees, faculty and academic staff, and Title IX matters.  Oversee related appeals and grievances.

  • Oversee claims and litigation, including outside counsel handling litigation.

  • Represent the University in agency matters and mediations, including initial fact-finding regarding charges, preparation of responses, and handling of any hearings/witness interviews.

  • Advise on and develop policies, guidelines, and training materials in partnership with Human Resources and other departments, with a focus on wage and hour auditing and compliance.  Conduct training on regular basis on variety of employment law topics and Title IX.

  • Provide employment litigation risk counseling on various business initiatives.


The ideal candidate would have knowledge of a broad range of employment-related legal issues, with demonstrated expertise in the following areas:


  • Wage and hour

  • Pay equity

  • Disability accommodations and leave management

  • Title VII, FEHA and similar harassment, discrimination and retaliation laws

  • Title IX and VAWA

  • OFCCP and other regulatory obligations for government contractor/employers

  • Experience in managing litigation, specifically wage/hour class actions, and overseeing outside legal counsel.

  • Experience in conducting training sessions and creating effective presentation materials.

  • Experience in conducting and overseeing all aspects of workplace and Title IX investigations from initiation through completion.

  • Preferred experience with labor relations and collective bargaining.

  • Preferred experience in faculty affairs, including appointment processes, grievances, and appeals.   


* - Other duties may also be assigned


To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • A law degree from an accredited law school and a minimum of six years of relevant experience.

  • Must be registered with or a member of the California State Bar.

  • Excellence in academic credentials, judgment, writing, analytical and communication skills

  • Proficiency with technology, committed to teamwork, responsive, proven track record of providing the highest quality client service.

  • Experience in mediations, litigation, and arbitration

  • General working knowledge of California and Federal courts

  • Ability to analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

  • Skilled at building relationships and working collaboratively


* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

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