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Associate General Counsel, Labor and Employment



Multiple locations
Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2024

Job Description

About Rivian

Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract.

As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations.

Role Summary

The Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment is part of the Company’s global Labor & Employment legal team and will serve as a strategic partner to Rivian’s People Team and other key stakeholders, providing expert legal advice and guidance on a variety of labor and employment matters to ensure legal compliance and promote a positive employee experience. This role will report to the Head of Labor & Employment and collaborate with other members of the Legal Leadership Team and leaders across the organization to ensure that Rivian complies with all labor and employment compliance obligations.


This is what you’ll do:

  • Provide advice and counsel on a wide range of labor and employment law issues, including recruiting, diversity and inclusion, employee and labor relations, performance management, leaves of absence and accommodations, wage and hour, pay equity, internal investigations, compensation and benefits, contingent workers, and immigration.
  • Evaluate, iterate and scale employment practices and policies at a growing organization.
  • Draft, review and update labor and employment related agreements and templates.
  • Handle employment-related disputes, internally and externally.
  • Conduct and manage workplace audits, employment classification reviews, and support other employment compliance efforts.
  • Manage outside counsel on labor and employment matters.
  • Help develop and conduct training and education programs for employees, managers, and the People Team (HR).
  • Provide advice to key business partners and help develop strategy on company-wide initiatives and policies affecting employees with a team-oriented approach.
  • Monitor legislation, regulations, case law, and government enforcement activities relating to employment issues and provide proactive, strategic advice to the relevant stakeholders as necessary.


This is what you’ll need:

  • Must have a J.D. from an ABA-approved law school and be an active member in good standing of the Bar (California, Illinois or Michigan preferred) and/or eligibility for in-house counsel registration.
  • 10-12+ years of labor & employment legal experience, including in-house experience. Significant in-house automotive and/or manufacturing experience is a real plus.
  • Experience providing traditional labor and employment law advice and counsel to a multinational employer.
  • Experience in advising on pay equity and pay transparency matters, and wage and hour compliance, including job classifications and payroll compliance.
  • Experience in advising on workforce change strategies including reorganizations, reductions in team and WARN compliance.
  • Experience in interacting with NLRB, EEOC, state and local EEO agencies on complex matters.
  • Experience managing a team, with strong leadership and communication skills.
  • Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced environment with limited direction, balance competing priorities, and manage several time-sensitive projects at once.

This is where you’ll work:

Department: Legal, Regulatory and Public Policy
Location: Plymouth, MI; Chicago, IL; Normal, IL; Irvine, CA; Palo Alto, CA (Hybrid)


Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Rivian is committed to ensuring that our hiring process is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability or limitation, such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that requires accommodations to assist you in the search and application process, please email us at candidateaccommodations@rivian.com.

Candidate Data Privacy

Rivian may collect, use and disclose your personal information or personal data (within the meaning of the applicable data protection laws) when you apply for employment and/or participate in our recruitment processes (“Candidate Personal Data”). This data includes contact, demographic, communications, educational, professional, employment, social media/website, network/device, recruiting system usage/interaction, security and preference information. Rivian may use your Candidate Personal Data for the purposes of (i) tracking interactions with our recruiting system; (ii) carrying out, analyzing and improving our application and recruitment process, including assessing you and your application and conducting employment, background and reference checks; (iii) establishing an employment relationship or entering into an employment contract with you; (iv) complying with our legal, regulatory and corporate governance obligations; (v) recordkeeping; (vi) ensuring network and information security and preventing fraud; and (vii) as otherwise required or permitted by applicable law.

Rivian may share your Candidate Personal Data with (i) internal personnel who have a need to know such information in order to perform their duties, including individuals on our People Team, Finance, Legal, and the team(s) with the position(s) for which you are applying; (ii) Rivian affiliates; and (iii) Rivian’s service providers, including providers of background checks, staffing services, and cloud services.

Rivian may transfer or store internationally your Candidate Personal Data, including to or in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union and in the cloud, and this data may be subject to the laws and accessible to the courts, law enforcement and national security authorities of such jurisdictions.

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