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Employment Counsel

Date:  Jan 4, 2021

Broomfield, CO, US

Company:  Vail Resorts
Shift Type:  Year Round

Reach Your Peak at Vail Resorts.  As a community of adventurers and discoverers, Vail Resorts delivers an experience of a lifetime to our guests and our employees. Our team is made whole by the brave, passionate individuals who ambitiously push boundaries and challenge the status quo. Whether you’re looking for seasonal work or the career of a lifetime, join us today to reach your peak. 


Job Summary

The Employment Counsel will be a member of the Vail Resorts’ legal team and will be a strategic partner providing labor and employment-related legal advice to various divisions of the company. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 4 years of employment law experience and will be able to handle a wide range of legal questions with practical solutions, will communicate confidently and clearly with business clients (including executives and front line employees), manage competing priorities and thrive in a fast paced environment. 


Job Responsibilities

  • Provide legal advice, counsel and support to Human Resources, Employment Investigations, HR Compliance, HR Programs, and senior leaders on an array of employment law matters including accommodations, discipline, compensation, leaves of absences, meal and rest periods, FMLA, FLSA issues, EEO requirements, social media, separations, and policies and procedures in order to reduce legal risk to the company
  • Prepare responses to EEOC and state fair employment agency discrimination charges and other types of employment-related agency complaints, such as federal and state departments of labor
  • Monitor state and federal employment legislation and governmental agency enforcement priorities and advise of developments that may or will affect the organization
  • Assist in the preparation and presentation of legal training to HR and business leaders
  • Supervise and/or partner with internal and outside counsel in employment-related adversarial proceedings in most effective and efficient manner
  • Adhere to and support standards and goals of the company and the legal department
  • Other duties as assigned

 Job Qualifications 

  • JD from accredited law school and active state bar license required
  • Minimum 4 years’ legal experience focused in employment law, with significant time devoted to advice and counseling; in-house experience with a major corporation strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated connection to Colorado, and/or to ski or hospitality industry
  • Creative problem solver with strong organizational and time management skills and ability to simultaneously manage a variety of assignments
  • Demonstrated ability to work under high pressure conditions, meet aggressive deadlines and to successfully handle urgent situations with patience and diplomacy
  • An agile and flexible thinker, with the ability to quickly learn new areas of the law and the business
  • Must have a passion for promoting a positive, productive culture that furthers the company mission of "Experience of a Lifetime"
  • Ability to build credibility quickly and provide strong legal support for complex and challenging business opportunities while positively and successfully managing relationships within diverse groups of stakeholders
  • A commitment to personal and professional growth, and receptivity to feedback


  • Experience with labor relations and traditional labor
  • Experience working in a sophisticated in-house legal department
  • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service orientation
  • Strong team player with the ability to adapt and work well with a variety of personalities



The budgeted range starts at $112,300 - $140,400 + annual bonus.  Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience.

The perks include a free ski pass, and a set of benefits including... 

  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan  
  • Hourly employees are generally eligible for accrued Paid Time Off (PTO), Extra Time Off (ETO) and Sick Time.  Salaried employees are generally eligible for Flexible Time Off (FTO) 
  • Paid Parental Leave for eligible mothers and fathers  
  • Healthcare & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts  
  • Life, AD&D, and disability insurance 


We offer a variety of career opportunities at our world-class resorts and corporate headquarters near Boulder, Colorado in fields like Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Public Affairs & Sustainability, Marketing, Sales & Communications and more. Our corporate team shares both a passion for the outdoors and a drive to re-imagine the mountain resort experience around the world. Learn more at www.vailresortscareers.com

Vail Resorts is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

Requisition ID 246787

Nearest Major Market: Denver