Senior University Counsel

California, United States
14 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Jan 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Code: 3070
Grade: N11
Exemption: Exempt

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description


The Senior University Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice on all aspects of employment law arising out of the activities of Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Valley Care Hospital, and the Hospitals’ physician foundations, and provides additional support for Stanford University as needed. General responsibilities may include litigation oversight, training, legal review, audits, advice, analysis, interpretation, and support in all areas of employment law and labor relations. Required areas of expertise include discrimination, harassment, disability accommodation and leave management, wage/hour issues, and labor relations. Position requires excellent judgement, discretion, flexibility, and ability to understand and manage projects with competing interests in a highly demanding environment. Must be able to work independently, while also partnering and working with outside counsel and other staff attorneys. This position reports to the General Counsel.


  • Advise clients in all areas of employment law and labor relations, including discrimination, harassment, disability accommodation and leave management, wage/hour issues, and labor relations. Provide employment litigation risk counseling on various business initiatives
  • Proactively identify and assess potential legal and reputational risk for clients and recommend practical, creative solutions.
  • Represents SHC, LPCH, Valley Care and the physician foundations (and the University as needed) before various federal and state agencies, including EEOC, DOL, DFEH and DLSE, and in private mediation. May be required to represent the clinets in civil court to obtain injunctions and restraining orders. Conduct training sessions, such as required sexual harassment training and on pertinent employment law developments.
  • Investigate and respond to agency claims and individuals’ employment related claims.
  • Defend SHC and LPCH (and the University as needed) against pre-litigation disputes to minimize litigation exposure. Negotiate agreements.
  • Oversees litigation matters in conjunction with partner law firms.

* - 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 7-10 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.

* - 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.