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General Counsel & Corporate Secretary Responsibilities: Assess and provide counsel to senior management regarding legal risk and rewards and provide strategic and tactical advice to support initiatives while minimizing risk. Serve as a key member of the senior management team, providing proactive and strategic advice to advance mission and programs. Advise on corporate structure and risk management approaches -domestically and globally - including current and future business structures and legal entities. Serve as Corporate Secretary to the Board of Trustees, ensuring adherence to corporate governance, by laws and proper corporate record-keeping. Provide legal oversight to support management in maintaining the institution's tax-exempt status. Ensure compliance with corporate requirements, filings and regulatory matters, including requirements to maintain tax-exempt status. Oversee negotiation of a wide variety of agreements including material transfer, license, and other IP-related matters with domestic and international parties. Oversee legal support for product licensing and the provision of services to the biomedical community, including matters related to research into human genomics and translational medicine, and the implications of operating in the pre-clinical and clinical space. Oversee legal compliance, including management of conflict of interest reporting, research integrity, privacy and data security, Laboratory's IP rights, FCPA, and export import regulations. Oversee development of standardized contracts, royalty, and other agreements. Coordinate and oversee the use of external legal support to ensure high-quality and consistent representation on matters critical to interests, including coordination of litigation and the defense of in adverse legal actions. Enforce claims that may have against third parties. Prepare and/or manage the development of legal opinions and documents, with outside counsel. Advise on real estate matters and philanthropy matters. Advise on labor and employment matters. Advise on education programs and programs involving students. Travel regularly to all U.S. based sites with some potential international travel as well.

Qualifications: A JD Degree with excellent academic credentials and 15-20+ years of legal experience, including time spent in senior in-house roles, with a preference for a combination of not-for-profit and private sector experience and experience serving as General Counsel. Experience advising and engaging with a Board of Directors or Board of Trustees on sophisticated matters and a background overseeing corporate governance matters. Experience working in healthcare, research, bio tech, or broader life sciences organization is preferred, or in other legal positions that would involve similar experience. Specific experience with research and research services agreements, including those relating to clinical research and the use of human subject materials in research, is a plus. Background working across a broad range of legal disciplines, including nonprofit law, corporate governance, commercial and corporate transactions, intellectual property, data privacy, IT, employment, litigation and regulatory matters. A strong people leader with high integrity who has experience effectively recruiting, managing and retaining talented teams. Ability to inspire and motivate others to maximize performance. Excellent judgment and common sense and operates with discretion, diplomacy, responsiveness, and integrity. A confident, approachable, and personable leader who is a reliable and trusted colleague at all levels of the organization.
 
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