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Harvard University University Attorney in Cambridge, Massachusetts

65866BRAuto req ID:65866BRJob Code:365063 Legal Professional Department Office Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:University AttorneySub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :063Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • JD with a minimum of ten years’ relevant experience at a law firm, in-house, and/or government.

  • Admission to practice in Massachusetts, or willingness to obtain admission to practice within two years.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

Experience advising institutions of higher education or other non-profit entities. Strong research, writing, analytical and counseling skills. Ability to balance multiple and competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Demonstrated ability to communicate well with a broad range of clients and advise on general labor, employment, and related issues. Strong interpersonal skills, judgment, and empathy. Ability to handle a variety of legal matters that may arise at a large research university outside of the labor and employment practice area, including litigation. Familiarity with or willingness to work with laws relating to benefits administration a plus. The successful candidate will join a 17-lawyer office handling a wide range of legal and policy matters for Harvard University.

Harvard Human Resources is committed to enabling Harvard’s world changing mission through inclusive excellence in Human Resources practices. We welcome applicants who bring varied experiences, backgrounds, and expertise to advance the work of the department in service to Harvard’s mission.

Additional Information:Harvard University regrets that it cannot provide Visa Sponsorship for this position.Department:Office of the General CounselPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:General Administration Position Description:

The University Attorney primarily will be responsible for providing legal counsel on labor and employment matters, including but not limited to collective bargaining, labor relations and discrimination law, as well as related practice areas unique to educational institutions, such as Title IX, student discrimination and disability claims, and faculty and student affairs. The University Attorney also will handle and assist with other types of disputes and litigation (managing and working with outside counsel) and faculty and student affairs matters. Other responsibilities will include policy development, training, the conduct of investigations, supervision of litigation, and related duties.

School/Unit:Office of the General Counsel EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Working Conditions:This position involves a hybrid work schedule (currently three days onsite/two days remote). The Office of the General Counsel may alter this schedule as the office’s needs and circumstances change. Employees must be willing to commute to the office in Cambridge as required.Job Summary:

Harvard University seeks an attorney experienced in labor and employment law and general litigation for the position of University Attorney in the Office of the General Counsel.

Harvard University’s Office of the General Counsel is responsible for all legal work in furtherance of Harvard’s teaching and research mission. The Office strives to render timely and thoughtful advice on the broad range of legal issues that Harvard leadership, administrators, and faculty confront in their work on behalf of the University. The Office is organized on the model of a small law firm, comprising attorneys with experience in private practice, higher education, and government, who are both generalists capable of handling a wide variety of legal matters and specialists with expertise in key areas. The Office embraces a team culture, collaborating and consulting with their colleagues and with outside counsel as appropriate.

The successful candidate will join a 17-lawyer office handling a wide range of legal and policy matters for Harvard University.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.Benefits:We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Work Format:Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote) LinkedIn Recruiter Tag (for internal use only):#LI-AB1Work Format Details:This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.