Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) based in Nashville, Tennessee is seeking candidates for the role of Division Counsel, Employment and Title IX to join its growing in-house legal department. This is a unique opportunity at one of the most respected healthcare and research institutions in the U.S.
Reporting to the Managing Counsel for Healthcare Delivery and Operations, the Division Counsel, Employment and Title IX is responsible for providing legal expertise regarding labor and employment law, Title IX, Clery Act, and student-related matters. This individual will also have the opportunity to work on health care regulatory matters relating to the VUMC workforce. S/he will also collaborate with other attorneys, human resources and senior administration.
The Division Counsel, Employment and Title IX is a highly strategic and proactive legal counsel that is well versed in the business dynamics and regulatory environment of employment and Title IX. This individual is tactful and diplomatic while addressing often highly sensitive matters related to personnel, faculty and student matters. This person will serve as the go to person on the legal team when dealing with Title IX related allegations and complaints.
This is an outstanding opportunity to join a high performing in-house legal team and work in a positive, open and responsive team environment. It is important that the Division Counsel, Employment and Title IX is viewed as credible, visible, and accessible; someone who exhibits high integrity, a willingness to listen effectively and work collaboratively. The Division Counsel, Employment and Title IX will serve as a strategic business partner of the organization and proactively provide counsel and training in employment law and Title IX subject matters.
The successful candidate must have excellent academic credentials, a law degree from an ABA accredited school of law, membership in the State Bar of Tennessee or eligibility for admission on reciprocity is required and an outstanding record of achievement with at least five (7) years of experience with employment law and Title IX, FERPA, Clery Act, and other U.S. Department of Education regulatory areas gained in-house or through working closely with academic clients. Specific experience working in higher education is preferred. Experience in all or most of the following areas will be highly valued in this position:
Labor and employment matters including hiring, termination, reductions in workforce.
Civil rights law, EEOC discrimination, disability, leave, and workplace accommodations.
Workplace violence, sexual harassment/assault, restrictive covenants, conduct and discipline.
Title IX, FERPA, Clery Act/VAWA, and other U.S. Department of Education regulatory areas.
Reporting to the Managing Counsel for Healthcare Operations, Labor & Employment, the Division Counsel, Employment and Title IX will provide a broad range of healthcare legal services, with a strong emphasis on employment and matters where Title IX issues arise. In this role, the Division Counsel, Employment and Title IX will collaborate effectively with VUMC's programs in Allied Health, Human Resources and other internal stakeholders, and will have specific responsibility for collaborating in the development of Title IX related policies and procedures in connection with VUMC's Allied Health Programs and other programs. In addition, the Division Counsel, Employment and Title IX will collaborate and liaise effectively with human resources representatives and the Title IX Coordinator on developing an institutional Title IX framework and program including training, education, coordination and monitoring.
The Division Counsel, Employment and Title IX should be a strategic thinker, an approachable adviser and a strong relationship builder who thrives in a challenging environment and is clearly aligned with VUMC's values.
The Division Counsel, Employment and Title IX provides legal analysis and advice in complex areas and is responsible for providing effective legal advice for employment, Title IX, and related matters, as well as other regulatory issues affecting VUMC's workforce. T
Responsibilities will include:
Advise VUMC on compliance with federal and state regulations they relate to labor and employment, Title IX, Clery Act, FERPA, and other U.S. Department of Education and state regulatory requirements.
Advise on VUMC policies and procedures as relates to employment practices and Title IX and related regulatory issues.
Advise on legal matters that arise from any VUMC sexual misconduct and complaints.
Advise and develop strong collaboration with the VUMC designated Title IX Coordinator, human resources and stakeholders who are responsible for investigating allegations and complaints.
Prioritize and timely manage labor and employment and Title IX issues, including responding to legal challenges and/or threatened litigation.
Assists VUMC administration, faculty and staff in the development of legal strategies which consider VUMC needs and priorities and take into account risk and legal exposure.
Advise physicians, faculty and staff on employment policies and legally appropriate responses to any complaints.
Engage, manage and oversee outside counsel when necessary.
Goals and Objectives
The successful candidate will strive to achieve the following goals:
Gain credibility, trust, and respect of the VUMC legal team and key stakeholders.
Provide appropriate advice in order that employment issues are handled as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Build relationships and understand corporate structure; asks questions; can navigate key influencers and understand who to include in key discussions.
Serve as primary legal resource with respect to Title IX and related regulatory matters; advise and work with VUMC stakeholders to assist in meeting all applicable federal and state requirements and provide appropriate legal advice in the development of related internal processes.
Be recognized as insightful, responsive, collaborative, and approachable with strong follow-through.
Become familiar with the Vanderbilt University Medical Center structure and mission critical components.
Support the innovative and highly collaborative culture of the organization by demonstrating understanding of the business of healthcare and related employment law and Title IX issues.
Advise and consult on legal and regulatory matters related to employment and Title IX.
Appropriate judgment and skill to interpret the intent of the laws and regulations as applies to specific areas of work.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is seeking an individual with the following qualifications to make a long-term commitment to the organization.
J.D. from an accredited law school and membership in the State Bar of Tennessee, or eligibility for admission based on reciprocity.
Seven (7) years of progressively responsible labor and employment law and Title IX experience through work in-house or with academic clients. Specific experience working in or with higher education clients is required.
Requires proficiency in understanding of applicable laws, industry practices, and enforcement trends to identify, assess, mitigate and resolve legal risks associated with employment matters and Title IX activities Clery Act, FERPA, VAWA, and other U.S. Department of Education and state regulatory requirements, as well as advise on compliance, training and investigations.
In-depth abilities in collaboration, facilitation, and strategic and creative thinking.
In-depth understanding of highly complex legal issues and ability to foresee implications in specialty area.
Advanced interpersonal communication skills, including proven ability to actively listen, negotiate, persuade and educate.
Skills to gain trust and build credibility with a broad group of colleagues and clients, to include senior leaders.
Advanced communication skills and ability to create and deliver effective communications appropriate to a particular audience.
Advanced legal research and analytical skills; ability to readily identify critical legislative changes in area of specialty and communicate as appropriate.
Ability to effectively communicate legal advice, even when unpopular, earning credibility and support from colleagues.
Advanced skills in facilitating policy review and changes.
Ability to reliably represent institutional interests persuasively to internal and external parties.
Developing ability to mentor and coach all levels of staff
Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion and tact when handling sensitive or potentially sensitive issues.
Experience in a fast-moving and solution-oriented environment.
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity -- of culture, thinking, learning and leading -- is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.
VUMC Recent Accomplishments
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
* US News & World Report: #1 Adult Hospital in Tennessee and metropolitan Nashville, named to the Best Hospitals Honor Roll of the top 20 adult hospitals, 10 nationally ranked adult specialty programs, with 3 specialties rated in the top 10 nationally, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt named as one of the Best Children's Hospital in the nation, with 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties nationally ranked.
* Healthcare's Most Wired: Among the nation's 100 "most-wired" hospitals and health systems for its efforts in innovative medical technology.
* Becker's Hospital Review: named as one of the "100 Great Hospitals in America", in the roster of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs and to its list of the 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.
* The Leapfrog Group: One of only 10 children's hospitals in the to be named at Leapfrog Top Hospital.
* American Association for the Advancement of Science: The School of Medicine has 112 elected fellows
* Magnet Recognition Program: Received our third consecutive Magnet designations.
* National Academy of Medicine: 22 members, elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding achievement
* Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index: 6 th year in a row that Vanderbilt University Medical Center was a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.
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About Vanderbilt Health
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period.Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.As th...e largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.