HHMI is focused on supporting and moving science forward in a variety of different ways ranging from conducting basic biomedical research, empowering educators, inspiring students, developing the next generation of scientists – even stretching into film and media production. Our Headquarters is in the greater Washington, DC metro area and is home to over 300 employees with expertise in investments, communications, digital production, biomedical sciences, and everything in between. The work housed here supports and augments the groundbreaking research conducted in HHMI labs across the nation. As HHMI scientists continue to push boundaries in laboratories and classrooms, you can be sure that your contributions while working here are making a difference.
Recognized as one of the world’s leading and most innovative medical research organizations, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is recruiting for 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.
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. We encourage collaborative and results-driven working styles and offer an environment where employees can function at their highest level.
What you’ll do:
Each Associate General Counsel at HHMI handles diverse legal matters arising at a group of HHMI research sites, 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.
What you bring:
J.D. degree with a strong academic background.
Active membership of an established Bar.
At least seven years of experience as an attorney in private practice with a law firm, or in a 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 oral 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.
To apply, please include a brief cover letter (one page limit) and resume.
Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet).
Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.
This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Compensation and Benefits
Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our Benefits at HHMI site to learn more.
HHMI’s salary structure is developed based on relevant job market data. HHMI considers a candidate's education, previous experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity when making job offers. Typically, a new hire for this position in this location is compensated between the minimum and the midpoint of the salary range.