Associate Director - Employment

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GENERAL PURPOSE:
This associate director level attorney position will work on the Ross Legal team in the New York Buying Office and will work with business stakeholders and HR to develop, implement, and monitor policies and practices to promote compliance and mitigate legal exposure, and effectively manage claims.

This attorney will work collaboratively and provide employment law legal services including: advice and counsel on the full range of employment issues (such as employee discipline, performance management, policies, leaves and accommodations, investigations, separation agreements), manage legal claims, and support employment law training/skills development, and projects.

The position will report to the VP of Legal.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Day to day employment law advice: Provide pragmatic and business-focused advice on a wide variety of employment issues, taking into account multiple stakeholder perspectives where necessary. Assess risks and offer client-focused practical solutions and options.
  • Claims management: Effectively and efficiently resolve demand letters and pre-litigation disputes. Successfully and independently manage employment litigation matters including assessing exposure, supervising discovery and managing both outside counsel and internal resources.
  • Proactive compliance: Partner with HR and other stakeholders to track legal developments and develop, implement, and monitor policies and practices to promote compliance and mitigate legal exposure. Maintain constructive relationships with clients, stakeholders and peers and work collaboratively to identify and assess options for resolving compliance issues.
  • Ross Legal team: Collaborate and build positive, productive relationships with team members at all levels across the legal department.

COMPETENCIES:
  • Integrity & Trust
  • Business Acumen
  • Organizational Agility
  • Motivating Others
  • Problem Solving
  • Action Oriented
  • Communication
  • Political Savvy

QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIRED:
  • JD required with 3-5 years of relevant employment experience; in-house experience beneficial
  • Must be admitted to practice in New York. California bar admission is a plus but is not required
  • Broad and deep employment law knowledge; extensive, successful experience advising on the wide variety of employment law issues that arise in a corporate environment including but not limited to investigations, policy development, HR projects, ADA/Leaves and improving compliance
  • Track record of developing/maintaining trusting relationships with diverse array of business partners and working collaboratively across layers and business units
  • Flexible team player with exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Strong business sense with excellent legal acumen, analytical, drafting and negotiation skills
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills with attention to detail
  • Experience managing a large volume of work in a fast-paced environment, while following through and meeting deadlines
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills including ability to communicate in plain language
  • Collaborative and helpful - as concerned about team members as him/herself

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/ADA:
Job requires ability to work in an office environment, primarily on a computer.
Requires sitting, standing, walking, hearing, talking on the telephone, attending in-person meetings, typing, and working with paper/files, etc.
Consistent timeliness and regular attendance.
Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • None

DISCLAIMER:
This job description is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of the job and position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive or all-inclusive listing of duties and responsibilities. Contents are subject to change at management's discretion.

Ross is an equal employment opportunity employer. We consider individuals for employment or promotion according to their skills, abilities and experience. We believe that it is an essential part of the Company's overall commitment to attract, hire and develop a strong, talented and diverse workforce. Ross is committed to complying with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religious creed, age, national origin, ancestry, physical, mental or developmental disability, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding), veteran status, military status, marital or registered domestic partnership status, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, as well as any other category protected by federal, state or local laws.