Labor and Employment Counsel

ASPCA   •  

New York, NY

8 - 10 years

Posted 240 days ago

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Please make sure to attach both a resume and cover letter to complete your application.


The ASPCA’s Legal Department helps the ASPCA to achieve its organizational goals of preventing animal cruelty and ending animal homelessness while assessing and managing risk. The Labor and Employment Counsel will advise the Legal and People (HR) teams, as well as all levels of ASPCA management throughout the organization on all legal aspects of employee relations and labor matters. The Labor and Employment Counsel will advise, conduct research, and provide training on new developments in employment and labor law as well as ensure ongoing compliance with existing laws and regulations, and will develop and implement strategies to minimize organizational risk in the areas of labor and employment.

Legal Department Core Values: The Legal Department prioritizes respect for our internal clients, business partners, colleagues and others; excellence in the work that we perform and the advice that we provide; and being present in the life-saving work of the ASPCA by showing up for our colleagues, clients, and constituents.

Attributes of the Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will show excellent legal analysis skills, and will be adaptable, dedicated to the ASPCA mission, and empathetic.  The candidate must have superb written and oral communication skills as well as demonstrated leadership ability in a dynamic and high pressure environment.  A successful Labor and Employment Counsel must have excellent judgment, be self-motivated, professional, and a consummate team player.  The ideal candidate will also be a problem solver and able to manage multiple competing deadlines simultaneously.

To apply, please complete our application and upload a cover letter that outlines how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this position. Applications without cover letters will not be reviewed. 


Advise and Counsel – 70%

  • Counsel Legal Department, People team, and senior and executive ASPCA management on emerging changes in federal, New York and other states’ labor and employment laws, with a specific focus on California, Illinois, North Carolina, Florida, and Washington, D.C. as other hubs of ASPCA employment activity
  • Provide legal guidance to the Board of Directors and the People team for annual executive compensation assessment
  • Coordinate efforts of People team, Legal, and Finance to ensure compliance with wage and hours laws and other joint initiatives
  • In conjunction with the People team, manage all legal aspects of employee and labor relations issues and advise senior management on strategies to minimize organizational risk
  • Provide advice concerning general labor relations and contract terms, collective bargaining agreements and unfair labor practices issues
  • Draft all employment-related agreements, including severance agreements, offer letters, confidentiality agreements, relocation agreements, and temporary agency contracts
  • Manage and direct ASPCA response to labor and employment-related investigations by EEOC, NLRB, DOL, OSHA and other agencies

Research and Educate – 10%

  • Ensure organization-wide compliance with state, federal, and local laws, regulations and internal policies related to employment and labor issues, compensation, and employee benefits laws, including periodic review and revision of existing policies and procedures and creation of new policies
  • Oversee compliance on employment-related federal contractor regulations.
  • Conduct comprehensive research, develop and draft policies, and conduct trainings related to employment, employee benefits, wage and hours, and labor matters
  • Educate management-level staff on legal issues/risks facing specific areas of their work

Liaise and Consult – 10%

  • Coordinate with ERISA counsel as necessary to review and/or draft  benefit plan documents, plancontracts, communications to plan participants, and plan policies and procedures materials
  • Manage ongoing litigation by coordinating and directing case strategy, including discovery, drafting and editing briefs, internal investigations, interviewing and preparing witnesses and negotiations with third parties, engaging outside counsel where necessary
  • Manage employment-related outside counsel relationships and budget

Additional Responsibilities – 10%

  • Participate in grant review and approval process
  • Draft regular internal reports
  • Other duties as assigned by Chief Legal Officer

Additional Information

Education and Certification:

  • J.D. degree from an ABA accredited U.S. law school
  • Admitted to practice law in New York
  • Admission to practice in other jurisdictions in which the ASPCA has key program groups (including, but not limited to Washington D.C., Illinois, California, Florida, and North Carolina) a plus


  • At least 7 years of legal experience managing a labor and employment workload (either in an employer-side labor/employment practice area of a law firm or in-house with significant HR component) required
  • Human Resources management experience a plus
  • In-house experience (for-profit or nonprofit) a plus

Knowledge Requirements:

  • Knowledge of relevant substantive areas of employment, nonprofit, labor and employee benefits law
  • Knowledge of animal law is not required, but a commitment to animal welfare is critical
  • Federal contracting strongly preferred

Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values:

  • Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
  • Believes in Team – that we are stronger
  • Seeks to Elevateothers and reimagine what is possible
  • Focuses on Impact, specifically making changes for animals


Accepts accountability for and effectively executes responsibilities, Asks questions to identify needs that may not be stated, Computer Skills: Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (incl. Excel & Powerpoint), Excellent judgment and discretion, especially regarding confidential and sensitive matters, Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds, Plans, organizes and prioritizes work, Presents information clearly in oral and written form, Strong research and analysis skills