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The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC, is seeking a Principal Deputy General Counsel (PDGC). Job Summary:
The Principal Deputy General Counsel (PDGC) is a trusted advisor to the General Counsel (GC) and helps advise APL’s leadership on all aspects of operating as a research and development division of JHU and as a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) of the Department of Defense. By thoroughly understanding APL’s mission and future direction, this person is deeply involved in designing and executing strategic decisions as well as integrating legal advice into corporate objectives. The PDGC also assists in the provision of time-sensitive and enterprise-significant legal and business advice on strategic and operational matters that are currently pending or are anticipated to impact APL. The position reports directly to the GC and is the Group Supervisor of the Office of Counsel.
Assists the GC in overseeing the legal activities of APL to mitigate its risk exposure, ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, and otherwise advance APL’s interests as a division of JHU and a UARC. Such areas of legal responsibility include government contracting and subcontracting; joint ventures and commercial partnerships; labor, employment, and benefits programs; insurance; intellectual property; international trade compliance and export control; national security and intelligence-related law; environmental health and safety; real estate; tax; administrative claims and litigation; and corporate governance matters. (40%)
As Group Supervisor, leads staff members of the Office of Legal Counsel in the accomplishment of their respective objectives. Assigns tasks and assures effective use of available resources, including management of budget and external service providers in coordination with Central Branch Office. Provides coaching and development opportunities for each staff member to enhance skills and improve effectiveness. (20%)
Partners with senior management to anticipate issues, devise solutions to mitigate risk proactively, and help ensure the effective implementation of business and legal strategies. (10%)
Oversees the management of all intellectual property matters related to patents, copyrights, and trademarks. (5%)
Proactively evaluates changes and trends in the external legal and regulatory environment and recommends changes in practices and procedures to the GC to maintain APL’s position of trust with the Federal Government as a UARC and status as an employer of choice to current and prospective employees. (5%)
Supports management and staff in review of various contractual and regulatory issues to enable creative and high-quality performance on all of APL’s tasks. Leads multi-disciplinary teams, including all levels of management and staff, in analysis of alternatives, selection of strategy, and implementation of solutions. (5%)
Assists the GC in representing APL to outside agencies and parties with whom issues or disputes must be resolved, and selects and manages relationships with outside counsel. (5%)
Manages APL’s insurance program of liability, property, automobile, and other policies covering APL and its activities. Working with APL’s broker, JHU’s Risk Manager, and insurance carriers, procures and renews policies, prepares and submits claims for coverage, and provides advice on processes affecting use of insurance coverages. (5%)
Responsible for developing and conducting training programs for all levels of APL leadership, managers, supervisors, and staff on matters involving compliance with contractual, regulatory, or statutory requirements. (5%)
Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.
Juris Doctor Degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
Admission to practice and member in good standing of the bar in one or more jurisdictions.
20 years of legal experience to include government contracting and subcontracting; labor and employment; and administrative claims and litigation.
15 years of managerial experience.
Strong research, written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to form and lead teams, including all levels of management and technical staff both within the organization and in government agencies.
Sound judgment, professional demeanor, good work ethic, and business acumen.
An active Secret clearance is required to start; must be clearable to TS/SCI level. Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
Experience in venture capital and related commercial transactions
Working knowledge of intellectual property, international trade compliance and export control, national security and intelligence-related law, and/or employment law.
Prior experience working with the Department of Defense and its departments and agencies.
Knowledge of operations in the non-profit or university sector.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 18910
About The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
APL offers a comprehensive benefits package, including vacation/sick leave, a matching retirement program, educational assistance, medical insurance and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. Please apply via our website, www.jhuapl.edu/employment, for Job Code shown above. The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, as well as other applicable laws, and values diversity in its workforce.