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As a member of RAND’s senior leadership team and reporting to the President/Chief Executive Officer, the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary is the senior officer responsible for the legal affairs of the corporation and provides legal counsel to the Board of Trustees, President/Chief Executive Officer, senior management, and other RAND staff as needs arise. The incumbent also serves as the Secretary of the corporation, responsible for maintaining the official records of the corporation, overseeing coordination of meetings and communication with the Board of Trustees, and providing advice and counsel to the Board of Trustees on corporate governance matters.
Provides internal legal advice and counsel across a broad and diverse range of substantive legal areas, including, corporate governance; tax exempt organization law; contracts and grants; conflict of interest; international legal issues; federal security regulations; export control; litigation, negotiations and arbitration; leases and other real estate matters; employment/human resources; human subjects protection/institutional review board; intellectual property and licensing; and other corporate matters having legal or regulatory ramifications.
Serves as an Officer of the RAND Corporation and, as a member of the senior management team at RAND, serves as a resource in the development of corporate business strategy and policies.
Represents RAND in external settings, including collegial engagements with partner institutions and outreach to RAND’s client, grantor and charitable donor communities.
Ensures that the Board of Trustees has resources and information required to fulfill fiduciary duties and to comply with the Articles of Incorporation, bylaws, trust agreements, and other governing documents. Maintains and acts as custodian of corporate and legal records and documents, ensuring legal compliance.
Oversees compliance with applicable conflict of interest laws, regulations, contractual requirements, and RAND policies related to same, including annual conflict of interest training and disclosure processes and adjudication of personal and organizational conflict of interest matters; serves as a member of RAND’s Compliance Committee
Serves as Empowered Official for export control matters and ensures compliance with the Export Administration Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Approves Technical Assistance Agreements and assures compliance with U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctions.
Determines and directs strategy in litigation matters, and responds to third party subpoenas. Conducts or directs the conduct of internal investigations in conjunction with claims or suits against or on behalf of the organization.
Develops and leads a small internal team of legal professionals and executive support staff and selects and supervises outside counsel providing support and subject matter expertise.
Oversees all activities and logistics of the Board of Trustees including reviewing and drafting meeting agendas, resolutions, minutes, and correspondence; arranging meeting rooms, accommodations, and travel arrangements; and approving Trustee expenses.
Develops and oversees resources for the functions and organizations described above.
Travels, including occasional foreign travel, as required to perform the duties described above.
Performs other related duties as directed by the President/CEO, and/or Board of Trustees.
Interpersonal and Leadership Skills
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to facilitate supportive relationships and effective collaborations both internally and externally;
Ability to manage and motivate a team through effective leadership, mentoring, communications, coaching, development, facilitation, evaluation and rewards;
Strong organizational skills, able to balance multiple priorities; excellent analytical abilities, with attention to accuracy and detail;
Pragmatic approach to the practice of law with a generalist outlook and interest in public policy;
Ability to thrive in an environment that respects and values diversity;
High level of ethics and absolute integrity and discretion.
Willingness to refrain from personal participation in policy advocacy and political campaigns.
Occasional travel (including foreign travel) in support of duties, typically less than 10% of total time.
Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school, required;
Member in good standing of the bar in at least one state, required; California, Virginia, or Pennsylvania, preferred;
If not a member of the California bar, must satisfy the requirements for the California Multijurisdictional Practice program set forth in the California Rules of Court and maintain active registration under the rules applicable to Registered In-House Counsel upon selection for the position and throughout tenure, required.
At least 10 years of relevant experience, required, with three years of legal-related supervisory experience, preferred.
Direct experience with Federal government contracting and grant programs, including the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), OMB Uniform Guidance, and related legal rulings, required.
Legal experience with both a nationally-recognized law firm and in-house as General Counsel or Assistant General Counsel, preferred.
Experience with the role and responsibilities of a corporate secretary, preferred.
Experience working within a non-profit organization, preferred.
U.S. Citizenship is required for security clearance which is required for this position. Candidates who do not currently have security clearance must be willing to obtain security clearance in order to be considered.
Position is based in RAND's global headquarters in Santa Monica, CA. Relocation assistance will be provided if needed.
RAND is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Vets/Disabled
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 5179
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