Employment Attorney Human Resources

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Jul 10, 2020
Full time   Human Resources/Equity, Diversity & Affirmative Action Legal Affairs

Job Description


Job #: H138

Posted Date: June 26, 2020

Closes On: Open Until Filled

Job Title: Employment Attorney Human Resources

Status: Regular Full Time

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Laboratory/Department: Human Resources

The Human Resources department strives to create a working environment for all members of the Salk community that inspires innovation, encourages collaboration and mutual respect, and promotes scientific excellence. We aim to provide high standards of service that anticipate and meet the diverse needs of the Salk community. Through collaboration and partnership, we work to develop programs and systems and identify solutions that are flexible, efficient, and add value.

Position Description:

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies seeks an experienced, resourceful attorney who, under the general direction of the General Counsel, will be a critical member of the Human Resources (HR) team providing a wide range of support in the areas of general advice and counsel, risk management, local, state and federal labor law compliance, policy review and development, training, employment law updates, transactional support, and benefits compliance support.

This position reports directly to the General Counsel, but is physically embedded in HR. This role supports and works with senior leadership and faculty to help ensure that the Institute’s hiring and employment practices and compensation and benefits programs are aligned with risk management strategies that support business objectives, talent acquisition and retention goals.

This position partners with organizational peers in Finance, IT, OEI, Academic Affairs and other compliance functions related to personnel to strengthen proactive collaboration with HR.

The attorney contributes functional employment law expertise to support business objectives and collaborates with administrative and laboratory colleagues to manage risks. Works with General Counsel to develop employment-related litigation strategies.

The incumbent delivers all legal services using a consultative and collaborative approach and model accountability and responsiveness by communicating proactively and meeting service commitments timely.



  • JD from ABA accredited law school.
  • Licensed to practice law in California with membership active and in good standing.



  • A minimum of six years of relevant experience of increasing responsibility, with significant knowledge and experience in employment and labor matters, including litigation, agency and administrative proceedings.
  • A minimum of two years of litigation experience.
  • Extensive experience advising on and applying California and federal employment laws.
  • Experience creating effective presentation materials and conducting training sessions for clients.


  • Some collective bargaining, affirmative action, immigration and ERISA experience.
  • Work experience in higher education, biotechnology or non-profit research environment.
  • Experience in working with Federal Contract Compliance and regulations pertaining to OFCCP requirements pertaining to employment practices with Federal Contractors.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule based on staffing, workload and deadlines.
  • Execution of Salk’s Employee Confidentiality Agreement is Required.
  • Annual conflict of interest disclosure is required.
  • Serves on the Institute’s Benefits Committee in accordance with Salk’s Voluntary Employee Benefits Association (VEBA) Trust.
  • Participates in insurance matters and renewals as needed.

Physical Requirements:

This position requires constant adjusting focus, grasping, hearing, keying, seeing, sitting, analyzing, calculating, communicating, reading, reasoning, writing and working inside.


Application Details


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Application Deadline

Open Until Filled