Associate Counsel - Legal and Labor Relations
Job Posted: 21 September, 2020
Company: National Fire Sprinkler Association
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Location: Baltimore, MD



We are seeking an experienced lawyer with specific expertise in labor relations. This position serves the Labor/Legal Department with the fulfilling of the mission of National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA). This position reports to the Senior Vice President & General Counsel. The activities of NFSA’s Labor/Legal Department impact approximately 40,000 tradespeople and their families nationwide. 

The purpose of this position is to function within the Legal/Labor Department to assist with contract negotiations, management trustee responsibilities on various employee benefits funds, legal research and advice, organizational documentation, public policy and legislation review. 

This position requires the delivery of high-quality products and services through strong writing and communication skills, strong attention to detail, a passion for labor relations and the ability to work with a variety of member and union personalities and styles. This individual has the opportunity to work in a professional work environment with various business owners, executives and other stakeholders to make a positive impact. This will require strong collaborative and listening skills, along with the ability to facilitate optimal consensus decisions.

Highlights of Specific Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as either primary spokesperson member of various teams which negotiate multi-employer collective bargaining agreements for NFSA members. 
  • Assisting in the development of bargaining plans and strategies. 
  • Developing strong working relationships with Association member contractors, union officials and members of the Association’s Board of Directors. 
  • Conducting research and drafting reports/statistical analysis in preparation for collective bargaining negotiations. 
  • Serving as a fiduciary trustee on various Taft-Hartley pension, health and welfare, education, and other benefit funds. 
  • Drafting provisions for and amendments to collective bargaining agreements. 
  • Supporting member contractors with contract administration, grievance, arbitration, and NLRB issues. 
  • Researching and drafting various other Association policies & procedures. 



  • Must be admitted to practice law in at least one state. 
  • Minimum five years of employment experience in labor relations or labor law, in either a corporate law department or law firm setting. 
  • Ability to travel, as necessary. 
  • Excellent written, verbal communications skills, along with good computer literacy (i.e. Word, Excel, Google/Outlook, etc.). 
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, professionalism, and ability to exercise sound judgment. 

This position requires confidence, independent action, initiative, a sense of urgency, and the ability to make decisions and take responsibility for them. A well-suited candidate can react and adjust quickly to changing conditions and come up with practical ideas for dealing with them. The style is purposeful, directed at getting things done quickly. There is a great deal of challenge and pressure, and people and problems must be handled with confidence and determination. The position requires a self-disciplined person who can handle details and keep accurate records. This job requires self-assurance and competitive drive. There is a strong demand for high quality, organized and repeatable results. The responsibilities are broad in scope, encompassing a wide variety of activities requiring rapid shifts in priorities. This is primarily a task-focused job, requiring a combination of authoritative and collaborative leadership style that encourages results-driven, task-oriented collaboration. Must be a good listener and be respectful of a variety of competing stakeholders.


  • Faster-than-average pace; ability to learn quickly, thoroughly, and in detail.
  • Must recognize and adjust to change There is considerable variety in the work
  • Strategic, big-picture thinking backed by an added focus on the tactical aspects of the work. Setting and achieving specific standards for self and for others; an emphasis on schedule and quality Primarily task-focused, with action-oriented collaboration required as appropriate.

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