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General Counsel

Company name

Events DC

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Years of Experience

Min 10 yrs required


Washington, DC

Date Last Verified

Mar 12,2018

Posted on

Mar 11,2018
Practice Area
Government and Government Relations >> Government and Government Relations
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General Counsel Duties: Provide guidance and support to the Boards of Directors of firm with affiliated entities on all legal matters. Performs other such duties as assigned by the Board of Directors or the President & CEO. Determine the scope of involvement and assign/delegate legal action or review to OGC staff. Determine if external legal counsel is needed and if so, retain and supervise external law firms representing firm. Provide legal guidance and support to the administrative, operational, and project staff of firm and its affiliates on all legal matters, including but not limited to hospitality, sports & entertainment, real estate development intellectual property, construction, sports and entertainment, administrative, insurance; employment communications and media; privacy; technology; contract; and litigation; as well as local, and federal regulations. Supervise and monitor ethics and enterprise-wide risk management. Ensure compliance with regulatory filing requirements for lobbying activities, election activities, business licenses, sales and use tax, etc. in all applicable jurisdictions. Interprets laws, rulings and regulations for the Authority. Advises Board of Directors, President& CEO and senior management staff on matters of a legal nature relative to all operations at the Authority and its related programs. Directs governmental relations activities for the Authority. Represents the President & CEO with high-level government and industry officials on legal issues relative to the Authority’s operations. Assists President & CEO in coordinating all tasks, activities and personnel associated with all real estate development and real property activities. Develops annual activity plans; sets priorities; formulates budget requests; and monitors expenditures for the Legal Department. Draft, negotiate, and review various types of contracts (e.g., highly complex vendor contracts, intellectual property licenses, sponsorships, consulting agreements, leases, development agreements, etc.), and oversee the OGC’s work in this area. Provide (and oversee the provision of) legal services related to the corporate structure, including the creation of new legal entities. Provide (and oversee the provision of) legal review and clearance of materials, including Events DC print and online publications, membership materials, press releases, other communications materials, etc. Handle (or oversee the handling of) trademark searches and registrations for proposed names/logos that may be used for programs, services or initiatives. Perform and manage other transactional matters as they arise. Oversee litigation and legislative matters. Manage any litigation in which is involved, including class action law suits, employee litigation, and contract disputes. Monitor misuse of intellectual property (including but not limited to the name, logo and member data), and enforce compliance through litigation or otherwise where appropriate. Evaluate requests and represent in deciding to participate in public policy litigation, and provide legal clearance for direct litigation and amicus curiae briefs. Provide legal counsel on federal and local regulatory inquiries, City Council and congressional investigations and legislative matters. Provide position on legal matters to the media and professional groups, as requested. Practice preventive law, by proactively educating and informing staff to mitigate risk to the organization. Support, communicate, reinforce, and defend mission, value philosophy, and organizational culture. Provide education and training to staff to insure awareness of legal issues and how to spot and/or avoid them. Subjects include ethics, privacy, political activity and procurement. Manage the legal and administrative staff and work of OGC. Provide strong leadership in creating a high performing, team-based environment. Make personnel decisions and conduct performance evaluations for the OGC staff. Mentor, guide, and coach direct reports and staff to expand their capabilities and build management depth in the organization. Ensure the right leaders with the right skills are available to develop and execute strategies. Facilitate communications with staff through meeting and planning sessions and implement enhanced effectiveness and operational efficiencies. Leverage staff knowledge, skills and talent across functional areas to ensure that staff and volunteers fulfill the mission and objectives. Demonstrate cultural attributes and behaviors in all interactions in alignment with Strive for Five corporate values. Carries out managerial responsibilities in accordance with policies and applicable laws and regulations. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: JD Degree from accredited law school. 10+ years of progressively responsible legal experience, preferably obtained both in a law firm and in-house. Licensed in good standing to practice law in the District of Columbia or ability to waive into the District of Columbia bar within a reasonable time following the commencement of the position. Experience with complex government, quasi-government and/or nonprofit institutions. Substantive experience managing relationships with and providing guidance to a diverse group of senior executives, the CEO, and Board of Directors, as well as an ability to work across organizational lines. Experience effectively leading, managing, developing and mentoring an experienced legal team. Strong experience with corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions. Demonstrated understanding and familiarity with generally accepted legal business management and administrative principles, practices and procedures. Extensive experience handling complex transactions, preferably in hospitality, sports and entertainment and real estate. Familiarity with administration of District and Federal government agencies. Thorough understanding of standard District and Federal procurement practices. Knowledge of standard legal citation system sufficient to perform basic legal research. Ability to exercise sound, independent judgment. Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines. Ability to express ideas and convey information effectively, both orally and in writing. Excellent evaluation, problem-solving and analytical skills. Proficient in the use of basic office automation software (i.e., email, word processing, etc.). Excellent organizational skills. Ability to read instructions, directions, letters, memos and other written materials. Ability to converse orally and utilize standard telephones and two-way radios to receive and communicate information with staff and clients. Demonstrated ability to collaborate and function as a contributing member on the senior executive team. Ability to gain internal respect and build consensus across organizational lines. Proactive, engaged, and comfortable with risk. Independent, creative thinker who is a thought leader with ability to the status quo when needed. Hands-on, customer service-oriented attorney. A “working” General Counsel with absolute integrity and ethical standards. Ability to handle challenging and politically sensitive situations with grace. Ability to keep abreast of current and changing trends, laws, and regulations affecting strategy and development of function area. Highly developed skills in communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, and leadership. Ability to be persuasive, coordinate and mediate groups and persons of divergent views and interests. Demonstrated experience building external partnerships and strategic alliances. Action and results oriented, decisive, adaptable quick study, with proven ability to accurately analyze information and act. Excellent oral/written and presentation skills. Detail oriented. Proficiency in preparation and presentation of analytical reports and documents regarding operational status, achievement, and performance. Proven experience leading, motivating, and inspiring others. Proven ability to manage effectively in a matrix environment, contribute to cross-functional efforts.
Schedule: Monday –Tuesday and Friday –7:00 a.m. –11a.m.; Wednesday and Thursday –8:30 a.m. –3:00 p.m.

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Vacancy Announcement #12-18

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Events DC
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001

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