Massachusetts Department of Transportation

About MassDOT

At MassDOT, transportation is not about roads and bridges, or trains and buses – it is about people. Our mission begins with customers – individuals, businesses, municipalities, and regional transit agencies. We support programs and projects that deliver a high return on investment. We partner with municipalities, public agencies, and private sector businesses. MassDOT supports the economic, quality of life, and environmental goals of the Commonwealth.

Position Summary

Employment and Labor Counsel will provide day-to-day legal counsel, representation and support to MassDOT and the MBTA in the areas of employment and labor law and will represent the MassDOT and the MBTA in employment litigation.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide legal advice and counsel in the areas of employment and labor law, which will have a significant impact on the MassDOT and the MBTA.
  • Provide legal counsel and advice on complex litigation matters.
  • Investigate complex MCAD and EEO Claims for both MassDOT and the MBTA and respond to complex federal and state MCAD, EEO, DOL, DLR and other agency charges and complaints.
  • Represent the MassDOT and the MBTA in complex litigation in courts and before state and federal administrative agencies, which will have a significant impact on the MassDOT and the MBTA.
  • Represent MassDOT in labor arbitrations.
  • Communicate with representatives of other agencies and collaborate with cross-agency teams and stakeholders to share information, resolve issues, and develop or implement new programs.
  • Draft new policies and regulations or amendments to existing policies and regulations based on legal research and agency needs to streamline agency practices, support operational efficiencies, and ensure agency compliance with laws, which will have a significant impact on the MassDOT and the MBTA.
  • Support, prepare and handle discovery and depositions in complex agency and court matters.
    Accountable for handling negotiations, mediations and alternative dispute resolution of employment-related matters.
  • Accountable for preparing reports on case status, exposure and dispositions which may include sensitive and confidential personnel information.
  • Accountable for maintaining data in case management system on a timely and complete basis.
  • Work in close collaboration with the MassDOT and MBTA labor relations to ensure consistent, uniform and effective discipline administration across all departments.
  • Provide legal advice and counsel to the MassDOT and MBTA labor relations on collective bargaining related matters. Participate in the development of contract proposals and provide guidance as necessary in collective bargaining negotiations, including, with respect to MassDOT, advice and counsel regarding labor law matters arising under Chapter 150E.
  • Provide counsel to MassDOT and MBTA employment and labor professionals in a confidential capacity.
  • Keep informed of legal developments and changes in employment and labor law.
  • Review and employment-related policies and procedures.
  • Respond to notices, subpoenas, summons, unfair labor practice charges, demand letters, and other correspondence that require legal action in the employment and human resources arena.
  • Accountable for ensuring compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies.
  • Adhere to the rules, regulations, collective bargaining agreements (if applicable) and policies of the Authority including the EEO, Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment and Anti-Retaliation policies.
  • Assist outside counsel providing support to the Agency on labor and employment matters.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to oversee the work of law firms functioning as outside counsel.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize a high volume workload.
  • Effective organizational, analytical and confidentiality skills.
  • Ability to use Word, Excel or Database applications.
  • Ability to pass background screenings.
  • Excellent customer service, presentation, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse workforce.
  • Six years of relevant legal experience, law firm experience, and experience representing large public agencies or other organizations, of which four years of experience providing employment and labor law advice and handling employment litigation matters, including experience practicing before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or Massachusetts and Federal courts.

To apply for this job please visit massanf.taleo.net.