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Job Summary: The Corporate Counsel provides legal guidance to WTCA’s Board and management on all matters that affect the company. The Corporate Counsel’s primary role is to: advise on corporate legal issues and membership licensing and compliance issues; supervise outside (U.S. and foreign) counsel retained by WTCA to assist on legal matters; oversee and coordinate management of the company’s worldwide trademark portfolio by WTCA’s Senior Paralegal; and prepare and manage the Legal Department’s budget and business plan.
Manage the day-to-day operations of the company’s Legal Department
Provide legal guidance on company business matters, including all facets of intellectual property and licensing, regulatory compliance, risk management, tax, and employment
Supervise management of the company’s trademark portfolio and outside counsel retained by the company to monitor and enforce the company’s trademark rights, including drafting legal papers and conducting document productions
Draft and review license agreements with the company’s global Members and oversee the monitoring and enforcement of the Members’ compliance with those agreements
Work with Member Services and Communications Departments in monitoring and enforcing brand compliance by WTCA’s members and marketing materials
Draft and review employment, consulting and vendor agreements
Serve as compliance officer and assist the company’s Human Resources department in the review and monitoring of company employment practices and policies, and other regulatory compliance
Assist management in compliance with financial and operational protocols in connection with the company’s external and internal audits
Work with the Secretary of the Board and management in preparing timely reports for the Board and its Committees
Oversee projects assigned to the company’s Senior Paralegal and legal intern(s) and develop and mentor team members and direct report(s)
Such other Legal Department responsibilities as delegated by the Board
Knowledge and Skills Requirements:
Legal degree and admission to New York Bar or equivalent to practice as in-house counsel in New York (Required)
10 years of legal practice, preferably as in-house counsel
Experience in IP law, particularly trademarks and corporate regulatory compliance
Experience managing cases, attorneys, paralegals
Experience in budgeting legal matters and monitoring legal expenses
High level of independent judgment on legal matters
Strong verbal and written communication skills; pro-active in identifying and addressing issues and managing deadlines; and able to work independently and within a team environment.
Knowledge of and experience with Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and document management systems, with desired experience in TESS, SAEGIS, and major online IP retrieval websites and databases, and trademark docketing systems.
Additional Salary Information: Full benefits package with health care, life insurance, 401K.
About World Trade Centers Association
The World Trade Centers Association (“WTCA”) is as a non-profit 501(c)(6) trade association, headquartered in New York, with more than 300 members in 90 countries. WTCA’s membership includes a wide range of entities, including commercial property developers, economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, and international businesses, with the shared mission of fostering the growth of global trade through the concept of WTCA’s “World Trade Center” licensed brand of member-operated iconic properties and integrated trade services.