Corporate, General Commercial/Contracts Law, Intellectual Property
We strongly encourage people of color, transgender and non-binary people to apply. HRC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including non-LGBTQ people, to join our team.
This position works in the office of the General Counsel and will interact with and support various groups across HRC. The primary focus is on addressing and managing all of the organization’s intellectual property needs as well as providing other contract review, drafting and negotiation, and legal advice and counsel.
Support the intellectual property needs of HRC across the organization:
Draft, negotiate, and review a broad range of complex intellectual property agreements, including licensing, assignments, and corporate co-ventures
Manage HRC’s trademark and copyright portfolio
Oversee enforcement of HRC’s intellectual property; draft cease and desist letters, trademark oppositions, and demand letters
Conduct clearance of communications and retail content
Provide IP-related staff training and education
Advise HRC’s teams on any legal issues involving trademarks, copyrights, advertising, social media, and IP-related compliance and enforcement
Draft, negotiate, and review a broad range of contracts and agreements on behalf of the organization
Provide legal advice and counsel on a variety of legal issues
Advise on legal risks and liabilities associated with the organization’s strategic priorities
Research, anticipate, and advise on unique legal issues for the organization
Draft policies and procedures
Provide organization-wide training on legal topics
Support HRC’s General Counsel’s office other functions, as needed
Manage outside counsel as needed
Other duties as assigned
Position Qualifications/Minimum Requirements:
At least 3 years of experience working at a law firm and/or in-house legal department
Candidates with substantially more than 3 years of experience will be considered for the senior counsel level
J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school
Admitted to practice and in good standing in at least one U.S. state bar (D.C. preferred)
Strong IP (trademark, trade dress and copyright), licensing, enforcement, and contract background required; experience with trademarks and copyright portfolio management a plus
Experience drafting licensing agreements, assignments, and other corporate/IP contracts
Strong interpersonal and presentation skills, along with ability to communicate with others at all levels of the organization
Strong negotiating skills
Excellent analytical skills
Excellent writing skills
Ability to establish and maintain strong relationships across all business units
Ability to work independently with little or no supervision
Ability to work in a fast paced, high activity environment
Ability to think creatively to provide business-oriented solutions that limit legal risks
Commitment to LGBTQ rights is required
**Must provide cover letter, resume and writing sample.**
All positions at the Human Rights Campaign may require travel on a regular basis or periodically. Where the need arises for business travel, appropriate compensation as outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act will apply.
No phone calls, please. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to queries about application status.
About Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation together serve as America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.