Job Summary:
The Counsel, Commercial Affairs advises clients domestically and internationally on a wide range of matters, including structuring, negotiating and drafting a variety of general and specialized agreements necessary for the day-to-day operations of a cutting edge global science and technology non-profit organization. Issues to be dealt with range in scope from commercial legal advice to preservation of the non-profit status of the organization. The agreements to be handled include licensing, electronic publishing, IT, and consulting agreements, as well as related commercial agreements relevant to a dynamic business environment.

This role functions as an intermediate individual contributor.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Advises on, negotiates, and drafts both domestic and international commercial, business and operational contracts
  • Uses and modifies standard forms and templates from a robust internal forms library in the marketing, publishing, education, technical conference and membership operations of IEEE
  • Is adept at developing and incorporating the implementation of new technology solutions (such as, but not limited to, contract management systems)
  • Is able to exercise discretion to identify, develop and execute processes and solutions to address highly complex problems in order to achieve goals and objectives of the organization
  • Trains various Organizational Units on issues relating to commercial law, contract formation and other legal subjects, as requested
  • Provides general legal advice to the Organizational Units of IEEE
  • Collaborates, as required on additional legal projects of interest, as requested
  • Raises the profile of the Legal and Compliance Department within IEEE
  • Continuously develops personal and professional skills

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience Science/Tech undergraduate degree helpful but not required Pref
  • J.D. Doctor of Jurisprudence from national law school Req

Work Experience:
  • 7-10 years Adept at providing commercial legal advice, contract drafting, negotiation and review experience Req
  • In-house Corporate or law firm experience required Req

Licenses and Certifications:
Member in good standing of the NY or NJ state Bar.

Skills and Requirements:
  • Must have the ability to manage large volumes of commercial contract review with consistency, accuracy, and attention to detail.
  • Must be able to advise on a wide variety of legal issues
  • Experience representing non-profit organizations a plus
  • Excellent drafting and negotiating skills, along with excellent business judgment and critical thinking skills. Strong attention to detail a must
  • Experience with technology contracts a plus
  • Must effectively communicate across all levels and display the ability to diplomatically interact with other stakeholders to influence operational, policy and process goals
  • Must be well-spoken, with leadership potential, Well-versed in commercial business practices, customary provisions, and key issues in a wide range of unique situations
  • Familiar with policies and practices of leading non-profit charities, as well as academic and research organizations
  • Must have experience advising clients, working directly with senior managers and suppliers
  • Proactive self-starter, with strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple projects and business needs
  • Service-oriented legal counsel with excellent interpersonal skills and a keen interest and capability in collaborating with both legal and non-legal colleagues

For information on work demands and conditions required for this position, please consult the reference document, "Physical, Mental, and Work Environment Standards for IEEE Positions." This position is classified under Category I - Office Positions.

IEEE is an EEO/AAP Employer/Protected Veteran/Disabled

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