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NREL Assistant General Counsel - Employment and Labor Law in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Assistant General Counsel - Employment and Labor Law



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

This position reports to the General Counsel (GC) of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and will work with both the GC and Deputy GC, and management and staff at all levels within NREL but the selected applicant will have primary interface with the Human Resources (HR) Director, the HR management team, and other HR staff. This position will be expected to work with HR and other NREL organizations to develop and deliver an integrated human resource and people strategy that advances, promotes, and accomplishes the NREL mission.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities will be focused on the field of employment and labor law and would include:

  • Working collaboratively with the HR Director, the HR Compliance Officer, and the HR management team to provide advice and counsel with respect to NREL employment, employee benefits, compensation, and labor strategies

  • Working with all levels of NREL management and staff to address personnel-related concerns and issues that may arise, in concert with human resources

  • Leading efforts to represent Alliance in matters involving employment: litigation, administrative proceedings, arbitrations, mediations, investigations, and other proceedings

  • Coordinating, monitoring, and working with outside or employment and labor counsel as needed and in compliance with applicable rules and procedures

  • Contributing to employee relations strategies and means for strategy accomplishment

  • Participating on multi-disciplinary teams to address employment-related issues and develop strategies that accomplish the NREL mission

  • Identifying and analyzing legal issues, drafting key documents, presenting clear recommendations, and assuring legal compliance

  • Researching and analyzing case law, statutes, and regulations as well as drafting appropriate legal guidance

  • Working with the Office of General Counsel team to provide legal support necessary to properly represent Alliance and its efforts to successfully accomplish the NREL mission.


Basic Qualifications

Juris Doctor and Minimum of 10 years experience practicing law in the employment and labor field. Current member of the Colorado Bar, or eligible for admission on motion to the Colorado Bar based upon years of past experience.(Admission to the Colorado Bar required within one year of employment).


Additional Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience working with administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) or other equivalent state agency ( e.g ., drafting position statements, responding to requests for information, attending administrative proceedings, etc.)

  • Significant experience drafting and implementing complex settlements, contractual agreements, and employer policy documents

  • Demonstrated advanced analytical and leadership skills

  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication

  • Experience performing legal research and drafting legal guidance

  • Demonstrated ability to participate in, form, and lead teams

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate at all executive and management levels

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred expertise with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories, other Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), or non-profit research organizations.

  • Experience working in complex scientific or technology environments or other research institutions preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience with government contracts and subcontracts.

  • Demonstrated experience working as part of a litigation team on employment-related court cases. Demonstrated experience with immigration, visa and other matters related to the employment of foreign workers in the United States.


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