The General Counsel is responsible to oversee the legal department of the business. The General Counsel provides senior management with advice on company legal strategies and their implementation, manages the internal legal function, and obtains and oversees the work of outside counsel.
- Structure and manage the company's internal legal function and staff.
- Oversee the selection, retention and management of outside counsel.
- Act as corporate secretary and assist with corporate governance matters, including attendance at meetings of board of directors.
- Assist with public company compliance obligations, including securities law filings.
- Serve as key lawyer/adviser on major business transactions, including acquisitions, financings and critical contracts.
- Provide counsel and guidance to senior management on legal matters related to the business.
- Participate in the definition and development of corporate policies, procedures and programs.
- Manage and/or complete a wide variety of other miscellaneous legal projects as the business may otherwise require.
- Must be able to effectively frame issues to drive strategic thinking and execution.
- Must have a strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to interface effectively with senior management and the board of directors and gain the trust and confidence of others.
- Must be able to work well under pressure and or stressful conditions.
- Must demonstrate effective communication skills by conveying necessary information accurately, listening effectively and asking questions where clarification is needed.
- Must demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness. Looks for ways to improve and promote quality and monitors own work to ensure quality is met.
- Must be proficient in multiple software programs, including, but not limited to Microsoft Suite and the Internet.
- Must have a strong work ethic with the ability to prioritize and follow through on numerous projects at once.
- Ability to follow all company policies and procedures in effect at time of hire and as they may change or be added from time to time.
- Ability to read, analyze and interpret language common to complex legal contracts and documents.
- Ability to write clearly and informatively and edit own work for appropriate spelling and grammar.
- Ability to effectively present information one-on-one, in small groups, members of management, and/or clients or vendors of the company.
Education and/or Experience:
A J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school and a minimum three (3) years' experience practicing at a law firm and/or in house.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Active bar membership in at least one U.S. state or Washington, D.C.