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Associate General Counsel (Labor and Employment)

Website Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

The Associate General Counsel is charged with providing advice and support to the SIU Board of Trustees, President, SIU Carbondale Chancellor, Dean and Provost of the SIU School of Medicine, and other administrators, faculty, and staff, primarily on the SIU School of Medicine Springfield campus, including its university related organization physician practice plan, serving as a primary advisor related to domestic and international employment matters and labor relations.  This position represents the University and its employees in general matters of employment law; judicial and administrative proceedings; provides legal representation and advice in matters including, but not limited to, labor agreements, unfair labor practice charges, grievances, arbitrations, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges, Illinois Department of Human Rights charges, State Universities Civil Service issues and discharge hearings, physician employment and compensation matters, and all other litigation or hearings regarding employment and labor issues at the School of Medicine.

This position serves as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officer for the School of Medicine.  Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, various transactional matters; policy drafting and review; drafting and reviewing legal documents and correspondence, such as separation agreements, medical resident agreements, physician agreements, and memoranda; conducting legal research; serving on and advising School of Medicine committees; providing advice regarding medical resident affairs; and performing other duties as assigned.  This position also serves as primary contact for occasional work with outside immigration counsel for case management of such immigration related matters.  This position reports to the General Counsel and will be located at the university’s Springfield campus.  Occasional travel is required, including, but not limited, to the other University campuses in Edwardsville and Carbondale.

Minimum Qualifications:
(a) Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school; (b) at least five (5) years of experience in the licensed practice of law in areas of employment and labor relations; (c) a strong academic and civic record; (d) excellent oral and written communication skills; (e) exceptional judgment, legal research skills, analytical problem solving abilities, and ability to negotiate; (f) the highest ethical standards, integrity, and trustworthiness; (g) the ability and enthusiasm to work in a team-oriented environment with an emphasis on collaboration but also with the ability to work independently; (h) the demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with colleagues; (i) the ability to oversee and coordinate activities of outside counsel; (j) the ability to manage multiple and changing priorities; and (k) admission to the Bar of the State of Illinois or within three (3) months of appointment to the position.

Preferred Qualifications:
Prior experience identifying legal issues related to administration of a governmental entity or agency and transactional experience is preferred.  Prior experience in advising a healthcare enterprise, particularly a physician practice, is preferred.  Prior experience or familiarity with issues related to immigration is preferred.  Prior staff supervisory experience is preferred.

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