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Associate Attorney

Company name

The Research Foundation for SUNY

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Feb 10, 2020

Valid Through

May 25, 2020

Posted on

Oct 19, 2019

Years of Experience

Min 4 yrs required


Albany, NY, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Corporate >> Corporate - General
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Associate Attorney
RESPONSIBILITIES: Counsel campus business and academic managers and senior leadership on a broad range of legal, business, and policy issues related to nonprofit and academic environments. These include matters related to real estate and other corporate and business transactions, the RF’s tax-exempt status, compliance investigation, industry and government contracting, corporate formation, , finance, accounting and tax, procurement, legislative analysis; Assist in the management of litigation arising from or related to RF transactional activity, overseeing outside counsel, and making appearances and presenting evidence at administrative hearings before administrative agencies, arbitrators, and other entities. Cases typically involve breach of contract, patent infringement, and/or negligence; Conduct and/or assist with conducting internal investigations; work with internal audit and SUNY counsel on corresponding investigations as needed. Assist in federal, state and local reporting processes, evaluate findings, and determine appropriate resolutions; Support functional business units (such as Sponsored Programs, Compliance, Audit, Finance, etc.) through contract template development, contract interpretation and guidance, development and review of policies, and training for RF and SUNY campus leaders, managers and employees; Assist the Innovation and Partnership function with intellectual property and commercialization related legal matters, development of transactional documents supporting public-private collaborations and industry partnerships, and facilitate the financial and legal structuring of new business entities; Prepare, negotiate, and manage contracts, leases, license agreements, and other legal documents with contractors and subcontractors, vendors, research sponsors, and governmental entities. Contracts may include commercial contracts, master services agreements, lease agreements, license agreements, nondisclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, equipment and real property leases, sales and purchase agreements, and procurement contracts; Promote and support company policies, procedures, mission, values, and standards of ethics and integrity; support the corporation’s control environment by helping to identify, assess, and manage legal risks and liabilities, assist with the creation, implementation, and enhancement of corporate processes, polices, and procedures, and partner with business unit leaders to identify and facilitate business process improvement initiatives; and Perform other legal and administrative functions to support the RF’s strategic and operating plans.

Qualification and Experience

Requirements:JD Degree from an accredited law school, membership in good standing or eligibility for membership in NY State Bar; 4+ years of experience, including in-house counsel or related law firm practice; Strong commercial contracts and corporate transactional experience including: drafting, reviewing, negotiating, revising and advising on a variety of sophisticated and complex transactions such as research and development contracts, services and consulting agreements, inbound/outbound licensing agreements, technology agreements, and partner and vendor agreements; Litigation experience including discovery, document collection, motion practice, and related legal research; Experience with investigations and compliance matters; Proficiency in Microsoft word; competency in PowerPoint and Excel. Excellent judgment, business acumen, and common sense. Strong work ethic, superior organizational skills, and ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment under time constraints and work well independently and as a collaborative team member; Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including presentation and training capabilities and ability to relate and work well with people of many cultures, disciplines, and levels of experience; Willingness to travel to campuses in the SUNY system as needed; Experience and/or appreciation for issues in representing academic research organizations and/or faculty, researchers, and academic administrators; Entrepreneurial spirit and experience. Confidence and leadership with humility; be self-assured but not self-important; Optimistic attitude that thrives in a dynamic and complex working environment; Ability to accept corrections with grace and a sense of humor; and Commitment to the mission of the RF and our goals to benefit SUNY and the State of New York.

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Company info

Hiring Coordinator
The Research Foundation for SUNY
P.O. Box 9
Albany, NY 12201-0009