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Assistant General Counsel, Employment Law - Americas

Company: Nike
Location: Beaverton
Posted on: May 17, 2023

Job Description:

Become a Part of the NIKE, Inc. Team

NIKE, Inc. does more than outfit the world's best athletes. It is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders and visionaries. At NIKE, Inc. it's about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.

NIKE, Inc.'s rapid pace of innovation demands a Legal team that is always on the offense. And they're always on their game - with the mission to advance and guide Nike's business through innovative, offense-minded counsel. Nike attorneys, paralegals and other specialists in law provide inventive approaches and superior counsel to Nike's global business. As Nike changes the future of sport, the Nike Legal team drives competition, ingenuity and integrity in the marketplace.


We are looking for an Assistant General Counsel, Employment Law - Americas, who will serve as an advisor and counselor to Human Resources and business managers on employment law issues. We need someone who is able to provide expert, principled, pragmatic, solution-focused and commercially relevant employment law advice. You must be an enterprise level thinker. A flexible future oriented mind set who can make informed decisions and legal risk assessments in the best interests of the enterprise in the face of ambiguity. You must have strong interpersonal skills and be an excellent verbal and written communicator to all levels of the company. A good listener, and comfortable in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. You should have a global perspective and desire to join a distributed team.


As our Assistant General Counsel, Employment Law - Americas, you will serve as a subject matter authority in all areas of federal and state employment laws, providing timely, practical and solution-focused legal advice to Human Resources and business leaders on a variety of employment law issues. For example, hiring, performance management, discipline, terminations, internal investigations, contingent worker issues, reasonable accommodations, leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, and general employee risk management. This role will provide employment law advice and counsel to our retail store team, as well as other teams. You will also partner in selecting and handling outside counsel for employment litigation and will lead the process through resolution. Coordinate and supervise responses to administrative charges, demand letters and other potential disputes against the company through negotiation or mediation. You will also provide advice and counsel with regard to legal compliance issues impacting employees (OFCCP, I-9s, disability, FMLA, FCPA, etc.) and assist Senior Counsel in developing strategic plans for all employment-related matters, including but not limited to, policies, procedures, litigation and pre-litigation matters.


Members of Nike's Global Employment Law and Employee Relations team, reporting directly to Nike's Senior Counsel, Employment Law and Employee Relations - Americas.

The work will concern operations and strategic employment law matters across the United States, Canada and Latin America. And, partner with other members of the Nike Office of General Counsel.


- A Juris Doctorate degree from accredited law school and active state bar license in good standing, of at least one US State Bar and willingness to commit to membership in the Oregon State Bar.

- Minimum 6 -8+ years of experience in employment law in a corporate and/or law firm with an emphasis on the following specialty areas: litigation, administrative proceedings (state or federal), and compliance issues.

- Experience in OFCCP Compliance/Affirmative Action, including preparation of affirmative action and federal contractor compliance programs is highly preferred. Prior experience may include in-house experience leading affirmative action programs for a federal contractor or a law firm role providing advice and counsel on OFCCP compliance.

- Excellent communication skills-able to influence at all of levels and across functions in a complex matrix organization

- Ability to work efficiently and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment and with a demanding case workload, and adjust to frequent workload fluctuations.


NIKE, Inc. is a growth company that looks for team members to grow with it. Nike offers a generous total rewards package, casual work environment, a diverse and inclusive culture, and an electric atmosphere for professional development. No matter the location, or the role, every Nike employee shares one galvanizing mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.

NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.

Keywords: Nike, Beaverton , Assistant General Counsel, Employment Law - Americas, Human Resources , Beaverton, Oregon

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