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University of Phoenix Sr. Corporate Counsel-Labor & Employment in Phoenix, Arizona

Sr. Corporate Counsel-Labor & Employment

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US-AZ - Phoenix

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Full Time

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Description and Requirements


The Senior Corporate Counsel – Labor & Employment will work closely with internal business partners and leaders at the University of Phoenix to provide legal review and advice regarding labor and employment matters. This position will be responsible for providing practical advice and counseling in a wide variety of areas including discrimination, disability accommodation, job protected leaves, hiring, performance management and discharge, wage and hour, internal investigations, employee privacy, restrictive covenants, severance plans, employment agreements, and other relevant employment law situations.

The Senior Corporate Counsel – Labor & Employment will also assist with the assessment, selection, and supervision of outside counsel for labor and employment advice matters.

The Senior Corporate Counsel – Labor & Employment may also have the opportunity to assist from time-to-time with matters related to health and welfare benefits, the University’s 401(k) Plan, and employment disputes, including government agency and administrative charges, employee demand letters and employment related litigation.


  • Provides legal services as a practicing counsel, which includes interpreting federal and state laws, rules and regulations, as well as advises University personnel on legal rights, obligations, and privileges. This position is also accountable for participating and/or leading in such legal or legally related activities as executive management deems appropriate

  • Assists in managing outside legal services as appropriate to meet University and Legal department goals

  • Maintains a professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies. Represents the organization as appropriate in its relationship with the legal and business communities by participating in targeted events, conferences and workshops



Basic Requirements:

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school required

  • A member in good standing of a Bar of one of the fifty states or the District of Columbia

  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in a law firm or in-house position with a focus on labor and employment law. Experience in the field of higher education is not required, but will be helpful

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Familiarity with California employment law and experience or interest in working with health and welfare and 401(k) plans are plusses, but not required

  • Proven ability to demonstrate a high level of analytical and strategic thinking to provide legal counsel and guidance to the organization, as described above

  • Ability to convey a professional image and effectively represent the organization as appropriate in its relationship with the legal, education, business, and government communities

  • Ability to communicate complex and technical information to persons with non-legal related backgrounds

  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills to communicate organizational policies and procedures, as well as federal and state laws and regulations to University personnel, as described above

  • Must be results-oriented and able to manage several projects simultaneously

  • Must have a working knowledge of personal software packages to prepare correspondence, spreadsheets, and reports

Apollo Education Group, Inc. and its subsidiary companies ("Apollo Education Group") are firmly committed to the concept and practice of equal employment opportunity and to providing a workplace and learning environment that is free from unlawful discrimination. As such, it is Apollo Education Group's policy not to discriminate against any employee (Faculty or Staff) or applicant for employment on the basis of age, citizenship, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, familial or marital status, gender, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. This policy applies to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, placement, training, educational assistance, transfer, promotion, leaves of absence, evaluation of performance, rate of pay or other forms of compensation and benefits, social and recreational programs, employee facilities, disciplinary action, and termination. An individual's employment, and future changes in work assignments, shall be based entirely on the individual's ability, education, training, relevant experience, performance, and other valid job requirements.