The American Institute of Architects, located in downtown Washington, DC with 200+ employees is recruiting for a Deputy General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel The AIA is the professional membership organization for architects and have over 95,000 members. We encourage a culture of values-based, inclusive, respectful, collaboration and open communication.
This is a senior professional level role with supervisory responsibilities. Serving in the role of a senior attorney and reporting to the Senior Vice President & General Counsel, the Deputy General Counsel has first line responsibility for work in several substantive legal areas, and possesses sufficient experience and skill to function and handle multiple legal matters which require dealing independently with AIA staff, senior leadership team, AIA member leaders and committees, outside legal counsel, and outside parties. This role works closely with the other attorneys and legal professionals in the AIA Office of General Counsel in providing legal counsel to the AIA.
Serves as AIA’s lead attorney in contract law and risk management through the review and approval of all legal contracts entered into by AIA, negotiating and drafting contracts with third parties, drafting and review of intellectual property licenses, drafting and review of technology licensing agreements and publishing contracts.
Handles internet related legal issues; point person on internet/technology/legal risk management. Handles privacy law concerns, GDPR implementation, and other technology and privacy related legal projects.
Works closely with AIA staff, member leaders, and AIA Chapters/Components in providing legal advice and guidance on corporate and governance issues, including fiduciary duty, limits of authority, conflict of interest, risk management education and orientation, and publications.
Advise and provide guidance to the AIA National Ethics Council (NEC) with regard to the AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, administration of ethics complaints, and emerging ethics issues.
Handles commercial disputes with third parties with whom AIA has contracted including litigation, related discovery proceedings, pleadings, either directly or when matters in these areas are assigned to outside counsel, provides direct supervision and management.
Functions in the place of the General Counsel in the General Counsel’s absence.
Serves as Office of General Counsel representative on internal AIA administrative committees and working groups as assigned.
Manages outside counsel efficiently and productively in projects and general consultation. Manages costs within the OGC legal budget which are relevant to the Deputy General Counsel’s area of substantive responsibility.
Other duties as assigned
AIA Board of Directors AIA Committees
AIA Strategic Council
National Ethics Council
Members of the AIA Senior Leadership Team
Expertise in association and non-profit law as a corporate generalist, with particular experience in intellectual property, contracts, corporate compliance/governance, ethics, and technology.
Proven, exceptional analytic and critical thinking skills. Strong interpersonal, negotiating and collaborative skills. Strong writing and oral communication skills including explaining legal terms and recommending strategies to non-lawyer executive level stakeholders.
Demonstrated ability to work as a team player in a small, busy and highly efficient general counsel’s office.
Must be skilled in working with non-lawyer clients from staff and governance in guidance, project planning, compliance implementation.
Skilled in partnering with in-house teams and relationship building.
Considerable skill in consensus building, strategic planning, collaborative problem solving, and conflict resolution.
Ability to effectively use various Microsoft Office applications, including Excel and Word.
Ability to interact effectively in an individual membership environment, and to analyze issues and concepts to provide appropriate counsel on issues and develop recommended solutions.
Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school, and a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar or a state bar with ability to waive into DC. With a minimum ten (10) years professional legal experience advising non-profit organizations either as in-house counsel or in private practice and minimum of 5+ years of experience practicing law in some or all preferred subject areas.
Supervisory Requirements: Directly supervise Associate General Counsel
Internal Number: AIAGC02-2021
About The American Institute of Architects
The AIA, in existence for more than 150 years, works to advance the value of architects and architecture and increase the living standards of people by improving their built environments. The AIA, with a membership of over 90,000, is the largest voice of the architectural community.
*Educating the public to strengthen the value of architects and the overall role of the profession in the building industry. *Using our influence in legislative and regulatory concerns that affect and potentially govern the professional lives of architects. *Researching new job markets and new career specializations to ensure architects can meet society's needs now, and in the future. *Expanding the architectural knowledge base as changes in the profession occur. *Offering a network for support and information exchange with colleagues and industry professionals across the country and the globe.