Who We Are:

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A.  With more than 25,000 employees, USC is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles.  The university is comprised of twenty-one different schools and academic units that serve more than 45,000 undergraduate and graduate students.   As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

Department Overview:

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides legal services to USC and its subsidiaries and certain affiliates. The mission of the Office of the General Counsel is to assist USC through its various schools and departments with legal issues and transactions, to educate USC’s administrators and faculty with regard to the laws applicable to USC’s operations, to defend the university against litigation, to provide advice to assist the university administration and faculty to pursue their objectives and goals, with an overall objective of protecting USC from liability. The OGC is responsible for addressing all of the legal issues arising out of the activities of USC, its various schools and departments, and Keck Medicine of USC including Keck Medical Center of USC, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, and USC Care Medical Group. 

Position Summary:

University Counsel, Employment Advice and Counsel/Litigation

This position serves as a critical member of the OGC’s labor and employment team.  In collaboration with business leaders, this position will be responsible for handing a variety of labor and employment matters at the university and Keck Medicine of USC.  This position reports directly to the Associate General Counsel, Employment and will be located at University Park Campus with periodic reporting at the Health Sciences Campus.  Wage and hour and labor relations experience is strongly preferred.  Prior in-house and experience is also preferred. 

Job Accountabilities:

  • Proactively advise senior management on compliance with employment laws in a manner that accomplishes business objectives without undue risk.
  • Provide legal advice with regard to both faculty and staff in the labor and employment areas, including wage and hour issues, and supervise outside counsel as needed.
  • Oversee and review the internal and external investigations of complaints concerning violations of university policies, employment laws, and regulations, including those regarding discrimination and harassment.
  • Draft, review, analyze, and negotiate employment-related agreements, including settlement, consulting, incentive, non-compete, and confidentiality agreements.
  • Establish a rapport and working relationship with employees at all levels in order to act as a trusted advisor and encourage the proactive use of in-house legal counsel as a preventative measure for employment law issues.
  • Advise and manage employment matters at the pre-litigation stage and, from time to time, through litigation.
  • Periodically advise as to a variety of labor related legal matters, including, but not limited to: interpretation of collective bargaining agreements, union organizing campaigns, and grievances.
  • Collaborate with human resources and other senior management to review and develop university personnel policies.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5 or more years of experience, with prior in-house preferred
  • Knowledge of labor and employment law, and experience representing health care providers.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

Minimum Education: Doctorate

Minimum Experience: 5 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: J.D. and member of California Bar. General business law with litigation experience.


USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at uschrusc.edu.  Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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