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The Role in Brief: We are seeking a highly-motivated, versatile commercial attorney to become a critical member of a business-oriented legal department of an international, publicly traded, mission-driven company, focusing principally on Education Advisory Board (“EAB”), the company’s growing education division. The position will include a significant amount of cross-functional interaction between EAB and other functions within the company, including the company’s regulatory, sales, product development and delivery, information systems, and finance functions, and also will support the company’s other activities in the health care industry as needed.
A successful Counsel must provide top-level legal advice, risk mitigation strategies, and project management acumen while also serving as a value-add partner to the company’s higher education businesses, aligned in achieving the division’s and company’s strategic goals. As such, the successful candidate must demonstrate a high level of knowledge and experience in contract drafting and negotiation, particularly technology-related transactions, excellent business sense and judgment, well developed analytical problem-solving abilities, a strong aptitude for operating as a commercial attorney within regulated industries, and strong interpersonal and relationship development skills.
The Counsel will advise and support EAB in the resolution of critical business issues based on an evaluation and analysis of associated legal risks, and will have significant interaction with senior representatives from our clients, vendors, and strategic partners. This individual will be expected to work on complex issues requiring in-depth evaluation of legal and business issues, and must be willing and able to tackle a variety of projects simultaneously and meet demanding deadlines.
The Counsel will report to the company’s Senior Managing Counsel. Our current opportunity can be based in either Washington, DC or Richmond, Virginia, where EAB has a large presence with the company’s acquisition of Royall & Company. The Counsel will be required to travel between, and work from, both locations on a regular basis.
Specific Responsibilities: - Review, draft, negotiate and administer a variety of ordinary course and complex business transactions and contracts, including professional services agreements and technology transactions (e.g., software license and services, including SaaS agreements) with clients, vendors and strategic partners, subcontractor agreements, and reseller/distribution agreements - Communicate and negotiate proactively with clients to resolve discrepancies and disagreements effectively - Interact with the sales and finance teams to understand and ensure consistency with the business and financial requirements and objectives in all contracts - Keep abreast of market and regulatory developments in higher education and work closely with regulatory (e.g., privacy, information security, and outside counsel) to help ensure compliance with regulatory requirements - Ensure timely, high-quality analysis and advice on legal and business issues to internal clients - Advise on commercial and other general business legal matters - Engage in and lead various other legal projects and duties, including compliance matters, as assigned
About Education Advisory Board: EAB is a best practices firm that uses a combination of research, technology, and services to improve the performance of 1,100+ educational institutions. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., EAB forges and finds the best new ideas and proven practices from its network of thousands of leaders, then customizes and hardwires them into every level of member organizations, creating enduring value. For more information, visit www.eab.com.
We are a workplace that... Values and celebrates diversity of experience, culture, and opinion Is committed to creating an inclusive environment to enhance our collective experience Promotes a supportive community through staff-led affinity groups, events, and education
Our Culture & Values: We think Forbes said it best: “Making the world a better place is what The Advisory Board Company is all about.” We have a unique culture where employees are told to avoid after work emails, encouraged to take 10 hours per month of paid leave for community service, and are expected to add surplus value in every interaction with a member or colleague.
Over the past thirty years, we have developed a distinctive corporate culture based on our values and principles. We award, promote, and praise based on individual performance, capabilities, and ambition. We provide ways for staff to share their time, talent, and passions in the community. We reward innovation and foster a collaborative environment. We have a performance-driven staff and peers that challenge one another in the workplace. And we want free-thinkers, agile speakers, witty writers, and team players to join the firm – at Advisory Board, your ideas are heard and your contributions matter.
Benefits: Consistent with our belief that our employees are our most valuable resource, The Advisory Board Company offers a competitive benefits package. - Medical, dental, and vision insurance, dependents eligible - 401(k) retirement plan with company match - 20+ days paid time off and 10+ paid company holidays - Daytime leave policy for community service or fitness activities (up to 10 hours a month each) - Wellness programs including gym discounts and incentives to promote healthy living - Dynamic growth opportunities with merit-based promotion philosophy - Benefits kick in day one, see the full details here.
The Advisory Board Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability.
Basic Qualifications: - Minimum of 4 years of practical legal experience with substantial client contact - JD and active state bar membership in good standing - Excellent academic background and a demonstrated record of achievement
Ideal Qualifications: - Excellent communication and interpersonal skills - Proven ability to manage multiple, competing priorities - Attention to detail - Proven ability in contract drafting and negotiating skills including both inbound and outbound commercial technology transactions and attendant intellectual property-related issues - Experience in the higher education market an advantage - Ability to draft complex agreements and contractual provisions - Experience working in a collaborative, high-performing team environment - Ability to take initiative on projects - Demonstrated success in an entrepreneurial operating environment - Proven abilities as a solution-focused problem solver - Combination of top law firm and in-house experience - Experience working with colleges and universities on commercial and regulatory matters
Advisory Board is a best practices firm that uses a combination of research, technology, and consulting to improve the performance of 4,400+ health care organizations. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices worldwide, Advisory Board forges and finds the best new ideas and proven practices from its network of thousands of leaders, then customizes and hardwires them into every level of memb...er organizations, creating enduring value. For more information, visit www.advisory.com.The Advisory Board Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability.
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