2018 SCALE

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Job Description Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs

Short Description:

As the organization’s chief in-house counsel and key member of the leadership team  will direct the management of legal affairs for the organization. Provide legal advice and counsel to the Board of Directors, Officers, employees of the organization, and external counsel, either directly or through the supervision of in-house counsel. Advise the President-CEO and senior management on all legal matters affecting the organization’s operations and governance, including legal review and advice on risks and implications of new projects, and with business arrangements to support strategic and operational decision-making.

Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Structure, draft and negotiate various transactional agreements, including license agreements, joint development agreements, and professional services agreements.
  • Assist in the development of new and more effective business models to improve the quality of the Company’s licensing transactions.
  • Support the General Counsel in the overall management and oversight of the Legal Department.
  • Oversight of Company’s contract administration processes to ensure compliance with applicable laws and other internal Company policies.
  • Oversight of corporate secretarial matters for company
  • Support General Counsel in all risk management matters.
  • Operate within a prescribed budget and, where possible, institute procedures that will make the team more efficient and reduce costs.  Manage outside counsel, as needed.
  • Demonstrate and communicate thought leadership internal to and external as an ambassador and spokesperson for the company on all relevant legal matters.

Skills / Requirements / Qualifications

  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
  • Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.

Job Zones

Title: Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Related Experience: Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

Job Training: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

Job Zone Examples: These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, sports medicine physicians, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, surgeons, treasurers, and controllers.

SVP Range: (8.0 and above)

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