Assistant General Counsel


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HTC seeks an attorney with up to five (5) years’ experience to work in its legal department on all issues relating to labor and employment law (both representing the union as a collective bargaining agent as well as an employer) as well as municipal law; First Amendment law; bankruptcy law; real estate law, copyright law; and tort law.

Duties and responsibility may include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Assist the General Counsel in all legal matters;
  • Advise and counsel HTC’s leadership;
  • Negotiate contracts, draft contract language, subpoenas, requests for information, position statements, and other general legal correspondence;
  • Ensure compliance with applicable law and governing documents;
  • Provide general legal advice and answer specific contractual questions, as needed;
  • Participate in all aspects of HTC’s operations (including picket lines, strikes, job actions, etc.);
  • Conduct investigations into sensitive matters unrelated to grievances and, where appropriate, make recommendations as to possible courses of action;
  • Draft arbitration demands, investigate, and prepare witnesses and cases;
  • Represent HTC in mediation, arbitration, litigation, and other fora;
  • Handle unfair labor practice charges and advocate at NLRB proceedings;
  • Assist with overseeing outside counsel;
  • Represent HTC in human resource matters;
  • Ferret out and investigate contract violations and enforce the contract; and
  • Perform any other tasks assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Admission to practice law must be pending or anticipated for recent law school graduates; for all others, admission in good standing is required.
  • Excellent oral, written, analytical, and interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the labor movement or workers’ rights;
  • Comfort and familiarity with LexisNexis and/or Westlaw;
  • Ability to be effective in confrontational situations, to handle multiple projects simultaneously, and to work efficiently yet accurately;
  • Willingness to work long and unpredictable hours;
  • Willingness to travel on behalf of the union, when necessary;
  • The ability to speak a second language is preferable.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package and retirement package (including employer-paid medical, dental, optical, pre-paid legal, Flexible Spending Accounts, Life Cycle Benefits, and the like).

How to Apply:

The HTC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from all backgrounds to apply.  Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample(s), references, and law school transcript to Deshawn Belton, dbelton@nyhtc.org.  All inquiries will be confidential.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.

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