Associate General Counsel

Brookings Institution
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 04

Position description

The Associate General Counsel works within the Office of General Counsel (OGC) and is responsible for assisting the General Counsel in handling the legal affairs of the Institution. Provide counsel on wide array of legal, policy, ethical and reputational issues. The Associate General Counsel (AGC) shall assist the OGC in: (i) supporting the work of the Institution through facilitating the legal and ethical pursuit of its objectives; (ii) proactively managing risk to the Institution through policy development, education and enforcement and risk assessment and management; and (iii) serving as a resource to various Brookings stakeholders.


Compliance, Policies and Risk Management (20%)

  • Provide subject-matter expertise (SME) on specific enterprise-wide policies and procedures;
  • Develop, interpret, periodically review and revise Institutional policies, collaborating with other Brookings staff as needed;
  • Monitor compliance with Institutional policies, responding to questions about policies, flagging issues, reviewing alleged violations of policies and recommending appropriate resolutions;
  • Provide counsel on risk management matters for the Institution;
  • Serve as backup for overseeing outside consultant’s maintenance of Brookings’s state charitable registrations and state exemptions.

Contracts, Proposals and Reports (20%)

  • Regularly review contracts, MOUs, NDAs and other legally binding agreements routed for review and approval pursuant to Brookings policies and procedures;
  • Work to improve transactional documents and their process for their review;
  • Support the negotiation, drafting of major transactional and relational agreements and documents;
  • Collaborate with other relevant staff, negotiating and reviewing agreements, including supervising and/or serving as resource.

General and Specialized Legal Assistance (20%)

  • Provide general legal advice to the Institution;
  • Conduct research on various issues as requested;
  • Manage outside legal counsel and the legal advice they provide;
  • Providing “self-help” resources (e.g., check-lists, standard forms, policies, etc.) to Brookings personnel and building the OGC’s formal store of legal knowledge capital;
  • Provide SME in the Office of General Counsel on the following areas of law:
    • Media and reputational risks;
    • Employment and employee benefits law;
    • Internal investigations;
    • Litigation and disputes;
    • Insurance;
    • Other areas as necessar;
    • Special projects as assigned.

Training and Point of Contact (20%)

  • Develop, deliver and update trainings for Institutional stakeholders (e.g., policy compliance, contracts, employment law, research independence, lobbying, interacting with donors, etc.);
  • Develop, revise and deliver effective compliance training programs in connection with other relevant personnel (particularly Human Resources, Communications and Finance);
  • Represent the General Counsel and OGC at internal and external meetings as needed. Assist with presentations to internal and external audiences.

International Operations and Immigration (10%)

  • Provide back-up support to the OGC on legal matters relating to Brookings’s international offices and subsidiaries;
  • Serve as backup for supervising Paralegal’s work on Brookings’s Visitor Exchange Program;
  • Serve as SEVIS Alternate Responsible Officer;
  • Keep apprised of legal (including agency and consulate) developments affecting Brookings visa holders.

Strategy, Governance, and Knowledge Management (10%)

  • Contribute to the development and execution of OGC strategies and projects;
  • Support the maintenance of departmental knowledge management resources.
  • Participate in departmental systems for measuring and evaluating impact to the Institution;
  • Support the OGC’s work with the Board of Trustees and related committees.


Education/Experience Requirements:

Juris Doctor from an American Bar Association accredited law school. Minimum four years of legal experience. Experience with an Am Law 200 international law firm preferred. Must be licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia or eligible to waive into DC to practice.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

  • Highest ethical standards, professional independence; demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills; initiative; diplomacy, discretion; commitment to excellence, teamwork and change management; excellent problem solving and decision-making ability;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community;
  • Experience with contracts;
  • Experience in an in-house and/or government setting in addition to law firm preferred;
  • Highly desirable qualifications include: demonstrated interest in or experience in public policy, public and/or private international law, lobbying, government ethics non-profit/exempt organizations; tax; data privacy/data security and IT or another area of law relevant to Brookings.

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