At the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), creativity and excellence are fundamental to our success. As one of the world's largest philanthropies, HHMI is a major force in advancing biomedical research and science education in the U.S. and beyond. HHMI funds its activities from its endowment, which stood at over $19 billion at the end of HHMI’s 2017 fiscal year.
Headed by the Vice President and General Counsel, HHMI’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC) supports and partners closely with HHMI’s programmatic and operational departments. OGC lawyers develop an in-depth understanding of HHMI’s mission and operational goals, participate in strategic planning, find innovative solutions to our clients’ needs, and strive to provide the most efficient, practical, and timely advice possible.
HHMI’s OGC is seeking an experienced attorney with a proven record of client service and a practical, problem-solving approach to providing legal services to join its team as an Associate General Counsel at HHMI’s headquarters in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Each Associate General Counsel at HHMI handles diverse legal matters arising at a group of research sites for which he or she is responsible, as well as a portfolio of other matters arising from HHMI’s programmatic or operational departments. Work associated with the research sites includes review and negotiation of a wide array of agreements, such as those involving industry and academic collaborations with HHMI scientists, and frequent interaction with both HHMI management and scientists to advise them on relevant legal issues and the interpretation and application of HHMI research policies. The portfolio of other HHMI programmatic or operational matters for which the successful candidate will be responsible may include science education initiatives as well as other areas depending, in part, on OGC’s needs as well as the successful candidate’s past experience and expertise.
Preferred Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities
J.D. degree with a strong academic background.
Active membership of an established Bar.
At least five years of experience as a transactional attorney in private practice with a reputable law firm, or in a top for-profit, non-profit, or government legal department.
Significant experience in legal practice including drafting, reviewing and negotiating complex legal agreements; drafting and reviewing legal memoranda; analyzing complex legal and factual issues; performing substantive legal research; and regularly interacting with and advising clients.
Experience with life sciences matters and intellectual property issues, including copyright and new media platforms, is a plus.
Excellent interpersonal, analytical, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Excellent judgment; able to handle multiple projects and set priorities.
Able and willing to handle a variety of tasks across a broad range of substantive areas and to learn new areas quickly.
Creativity and positive attitude.
HHMI is an intellectually demanding, results-oriented organization with excellent benefits. In order to be considered for this position, please submit a brief (one page limit) cover letter and resume at www.hhmi.org/careers
HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer
For 60 years, HHMI has been moving science forward. We’re an independent, ever-evolving philanthropy that supports basic biomedical scientists and educators with the potential for transformative impact. We make long-term investments in people, not just projects, because we believe in the power of individuals to make breakthroughs over time. HHMI scientists have radically advanced the understanding of cells, the brain, the immune system, the development of organs, and how to treat many diseases.