Associate General Counsel

  • NFPA
  • Feb 09, 2021
Full time Legal

Job Description

The National Fire Protection Association’s mission is to help save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge and passion. An international self-funded nonprofit established in 1896, we are dedicated to the elimination of death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The Association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission.

NFPA’s Legal department is recruiting for an experienced attorney to join our team. The successful Counsel aids the General Counsel and advises business clients across the Association, ranging from the development of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and standards to identification of legal and reputational risks along with recommendations for mitigation. If you are up for the challenge, we’d love to hear from you!  

A Little Bit About You:

  • You’ve earned your law degree from an accredited law school and license in good standing to practice law in at least one state or in the District of Columbia. Massachusetts preferred. Along with a minimum four to six years of experience.
  • It’s a plus if you’re familiar with one or more of the following: non-profit law; intellectual property law, particularly, copyright and trademark matters; licensing of intellectual property; digital publishing; administrative law; and/or international law. We can’t wait to hear your experience here.
  • You know what matters, legal matters, that is. Your previous in-house legal experience demonstrates your strong ability to advise business leaders on legal issues impacting operations. You have a list of solid examples to share with us.
  • A skilled communicator: You ask questions to better understand and resolve complicated issues. You are respectful and diplomatic in your approach. You have a unique ability to interpret and clearly communicate complex information to your audience.
  • Details…details…details. You have strong project planning, prioritizing and organizational skills along with a strong focus on timelines, deadlines, and deliverables.
  • Problem solving is not a problem for you. You are fluent in interpreting internal and external business issues and needs. Your recommendations include anticipated issues before they arise and work to solve them ahead of time. You seek long-term solutions.
  • You believe in the mission of NFPA and want to actively contribute. You understand the immense value of working together as a unit. You have an exceptional ability to connect with others.
  • With that said, you learn quickly and have a strong ability to apply your acquired knowledge to practices and processes in your role.
  • While you work well on your own you are a team player. Not to sound cliché but you understand the immense value of working together as a unit. You are willing to jump in wherever and whenever needed.
  • Decisions, decisions, decisions. You think things through before you implement. As a subject matter expert, you take pride in troubleshooting and propose solutions based on your extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals independently.
  • Passionate about your work and it shows. You care deeply about the quality of your projects.
  • Your contract drafting skills, along with your strong knowledge of contract law, make you extremely effective. Moreover, you deeply understand all of the elements and differences in contracts and agreements.  
  • You have the C’s covered. You are careful and considerate when it comes to company and customer content. You have a strong understanding of legal and business issues concerning the licensing of content.
  • You are highly capable. Working independently and can manage deadlines and multiple projects simultaneously while identifying creative solutions along the way.
  • You are positively curious and want to understand the mission and goals of NFPA and how you can make an impact as part of our team.
  • You own your role and take responsibility for your output, follow-through and outcomes. 

The Nitty Gritty:

  • At the highest level, assist General Counsel and advise business clients and functions in advancing organizational goals and developing recommendations to protect the organization from legal, reputational, and other risks.  Identify and analyze legal issues, present clear recommendations, and assure legal compliance.   Working independently and in a collaborative environment, assist in protecting the organization's legal interests and maintaining its operations.  Work with staff at all levels to understand operational needs and develop appropriate and creative solutions.
  • Recommend and implement work methods to achieve efficiencies within the function and organization.
  • Work with business team to develop licensing approaches to the licensing of NFPA content and data.
  • Draft and review licensing and other agreements across the organization.
  • Own and manage the copyright and trademark permissions process.
  • Specific areas of activity may include the following: 
    • prepare, review, and negotiate key contracts, and other legal documents
    • prepare, review, and negotiate license agreements including with regard to licensing the organization’s intellectual property
    • conduct research and analysis on relevant legal issues and report results and recommendations
    • work with business leaders to develop appropriate legal strategies to support business goals
    • work with HR to develop and support employee policies
    • review of marketing material
    • support organization’s governance function
  • Performs other duties and aids as assigned by the General Counsel.
    • This includes but no limited to on intellectual property, marketing, membership, international and contract matters. This will include, but not be limited to, advising internal business clients on licensing of data and content; managing the trademarks portfolio and copyright permissions process; review of marketing materials; and contract review and negotiation of all types.