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The National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit leader in delivering services related to education data, including educational reporting, data exchange, verification, and research services, seeks an Assistant General Counsel to join the Legal team. In this role, you will report to the Chief Legal Officer and be actively engaged with business owners and technology professionals in negotiating transactions to provide Clearinghouse services to third parties and for services provided to the Clearinghouse. You will also counsel internal business clients on product development, compliance and risk management. The ideal candidate has a solid background in privacy regulatory compliance and negotiating and drafting contracts. Experience advising on employment law related issues is highly preferred.
The Assistant General Counsel will report to the Chief Legal Officer and is responsible for 1) negotiating and drafting a variety of agreements for the provision of the National Student Clearinghouse services to third parties and with third parties providing goods or services to the Clearinghouse; 2) supporting the business development and product development process; 3) developing internal controls to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, and contractual obligations; 4) working collaboratively with business owners and management to support them in executing on their strategies; 5) counseling human resource professionals and other business teams on employment-related matters; 6) developing legal resources and repeatable processes to enhance the Legal Department’s impact across the enterprise. Key to all of the above tasks is to ensure the protection of personally identifiable information and the proprietary data and intellectual property of the Clearinghouse.
How You Contribute:
Negotiate and draft a variety of agreements for the provision of Clearinghouse services to third parties—including educational institutions, research institutions and commercial customers.
Negotiate and draft a variety of agreements with third parties providing goods or services to the Clearinghouse, including software, hardware, and information technology services and matters.
Support the business development and product development process by providing key inputs and advice, particularly by championing privacy-by-design and compliance-by-design.
Counsel human resource professionals and other business teams on employment-related matters, including advising on disability, leave and employee performance management; HR policies; and employment agreements.
Develop internal controls to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, and contractual obligations by, among other things, creating processes, policies, and procedures.
Work collaboratively with business owners and management to understand and help business teams execute on their strategies.
Develop legal resources and repeatable processes to enhance the Legal Department’s impact, including conducting trainings to educate business teams on legal risks, privacy, compliance, and employment matters.
Provide legal advice and counsel to the Clearinghouse on matters relating to the above and other general legal matters.
Position may be required to perform other duties as required.
These essential functions are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
What You Bring to the Table:
Law degree from an accredited law school and admission to at least one state bar.
Must have or qualify for and obtain Virginia corporate counsel registration if not admitted in Virginia within 90 days of employment.
3-5 years of experience negotiating and drafting contracts.
3 years of experience counseling on privacy regulatory compliance.
Demonstrated experience in a leadership role exercising independent decision making with minimal supervision or guidance. Equivalent progressively responsible experience will also be considered.
Excellent communication skills with the demonstrated ability to write clearly and effectively.
Proficiency in use of standard business computer tools (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite).
Live within a commutable distance of Herndon, VA.
2-3 years of experience counseling on employment law related issues, including Title VII, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, FLSA.
Experience counseling on Affirmative Action Compliance and OFCCP audits.
Demonstrated familiarity with data privacy laws, such as FERPA and EU GDPR.
Knowledge of regulatory law and current issues in education.
Use of a computer terminal and/or laptop computer for 8 or more hours a day.
Use of a telephone.
Frequently required to sit for 7 or more hours per day in close proximity to others in an open office environment.
Occasionally required to use hands and fingers to operate, handle, and reach.
Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
Must be flexible to do out-of-town assignments and travel occasionally (<10%) via car, train, and airplane, when needed.
NSC strives to hire, promote, and retain the best qualified individuals for our employment opportunities. Our policies are intended to provide equal employment opportunity for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law. NSC strives to have a culture that is diverse and equally welcoming to all. As a Federal contractor, NSC is subject to requirements to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities. NSC is committed to its outreach efforts and practices to promote employment and advancement of members of these groups. To read our entire policy, go to: https://studentclearinghouse.info/careers/human-resource-policies
PAY TRANSPARENCY POLICY NSC will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by NSC, or (c) consistent with the NSC’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 C.F.R. 60-1.35(c)
Internal Number: 19-0017
About National Student Clearinghouse
Since 1993, the Clearinghouse has revolutionized educational verification within the U.S. Our employees have played a key role in our success and our ability to serve the nation's colleges and their students and alumni; the student lending community and federal government; and thousands of employers and other organizations with advanced online systems and quality customer service. The Clearinghouse offers a challenging, but informal and friendly atmosphere that encourages both teamwork and individual initiative. As a reflection of the trust that our participating institutions and student lending organizations have placed in us, personal accountability and integrity among our staff are highly valued. Clearinghouse employees enjoy competitive compensation and benefits, along with a stable and supportive working environment.