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CUNY Legal Counsel and Labor Designee - Administrator in New York, New York

Legal Counsel and Labor Designee - Administrator

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Graduate Center

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The Graduate Center is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000-square-foot facility in upper Manhattan designed to promote collaboration among scientists in global research and innovation. CUNY values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching, and service missions of the university.

The Graduate Center benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

Reporting to the President of the Graduate Center, the Legal Counsel and Labor Designee will provide legal and labor advice on issues relating to labor and employment, student affairs, ethics, litigation, compliance, corporate affiliates, a broad spectrum of contracts and school governance. They will also serve as the liaison to the CUNY Office of General Counsel and the CUNY Office of Labor Relations.

All full-time and part-time CUNY staff are expected to work in-person at their campus office 70% of their work time. For full-time staff, this is equivalent to 7 out of 10 days of in-person work in a two-week period (e.g., 7 days in-person, 3 days remote). This hybrid work schedule is subject to change.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Serving as advisor to the president, senior administrators, middle management, and support staff.

  • Providing guidance on the implementation of and compliance with CUNY Board of Trustees bylaws, CUNY and campus policies; campus governance plans; federal, state and local laws and regulations, and all academic procedures, policies and operations affecting faculty, staff and students.

  • Serving as Labor Designee, responsible for handling union grievances and serving as hearing officer.

  • Serving as the president's representative to the PSC/CUNY Labor Management Committee.

  • Developing, implementing, and providing guidance on strategic human resource policies and labor relations practices in accord with the Graduate Center's mission and priorities.

  • Serving as the campus FOIL officer.

  • Reviewing and responding to subpoenas and information requests under FERPA and FOIL.

  • Providing legal counsel to college staff in all areas related to contract and commercial matters; preparing legal documents, contracts and memoranda on various topics; conducts training on request.

  • Working with the CUNY Office of General Counsel in managing and supporting litigation and administrative cases involving students, officers, faculty and employees.

  • Conducting investigations, preparing charges, and recommending resolutions.

  • Managing the receipt and disposition of legal documents.

  • Advising the president on matters involving Title II, VI, VII, IX; chairs advisory committees on request.

  • Performing related duties as required or assigned that are reasonably within the scope of this position.

As directed, the role may include supporting in similar capacities one or several other campuses that comprise the CUNY Graduate School and University Center.


This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience.

Additional Qualifications:

-The candidate must be licensed to practice law in the State of New York.

  • Experience in non-profit or higher education

  • Experience in labor management

Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. The Graduate Center does not offer sponsorship for this position.




$160,000-$180,000/year. Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Health Plan Coverage for Employees Hired on or after October 1, 2022 City of New York employees and employees of Participating Employers and their eligible dependents hired on or after October 1, 2022 will only be eligible to enroll in the EmblemHealth HIP HMO Preferred Plan and must remain in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first year (365 days) of employment.

After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365th day period.

If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day.

Only after the 365th day can the employee participate in any Annual Fall Transfer Period. An employee who needs to request an exemption from the required enrollment in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan can do so by submitting a HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form to EmblemHealth. An employee, or eligible dependent, must meet certain criteria and the request must be approved by EmblemHealth before the exemption is granted. The HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form and HIP service area are available on the EmblemHealth website.


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Open until filled with review of applications to begin on June 7, 2023


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.