Senior Corporate & Non-Profit Counsel

San Francisco, CA
Full Time
Exp.: 5+ Years
Overview of the Role
The Senior Corporate and Non-Profit Counsel will work closely with members of the Legal team and other PICI employees to provide legal services, including to review and negotiate the terms of various agreements including clinical and collaboration agreements, and to advise senior management and Board members on the federal and state tax and corporate law rules that apply to the Institute’s charitable and investment activities.

Reporting Structure and Team
  • The Senior Corporate and Nonprofit Counsel reports to the Chief Legal Counsel and Vice President, Strategic Alliances and is a key member of the Legal team.
  • FLSA Status: Exempt

Essential Job Functions
  • Perform a wide variety of legal services including reviewing, preparing and negotiating agreements with Affiliated Research Institutions, commercial vendors and non-profit/for-profit collaborators, with an emphasis on supporting the organization’s clinical research activities.
  • Counsel management and the Board on the legal rules that apply to the Institute’s philanthropic activities and investments at the federal and state levels, with a particular emphasis on the laws governing public charities, including medical research organizations, and program and mission related investments.
  • Work with the Chief Legal Counsel to provide advice about all aspects of corporate governance, including acting as a liaison to the Board, advising on agendas and bylaws, drafting resolutions and consents, ensuring appropriate documentation regarding executive compensation, and implementing systems to track and organize conflict of interest and other disclosures.
  • Work closely with the business development and clinical/research operations teams to support the organization’s business objectives, optimize contract terms, minimize risk, and provide general legal guidance.
  • Coordinate with the development team to support the organization’s fundraising, by advising on the laws applicable to fundraising events, corporate and individual giving, and other donor cultivation efforts.
  • Anticipate and mitigate legal issues and advise the Institute on various legal issues, risks, insurance policies, and other risk mitigation strategies.
  • Prepare and/or review policies, guidelines, correspondence and other documents.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience
Minimum Qualifications
  • JD from an accredited law school and bar membership, with a minimum of five years of relevant legal experience.
  • Subject matter expertise with laws applicable to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations is required, and experience with laws applicable to public charities, philanthropic investments, and fund/asset management experience is preferred.
  • A license to practice law in California is preferred. If not admitted in California, candidate must be eligible to register as In-House Counsel with the State Bar of California.
  • Sufficient experience in laws affecting clinical research, with substantial experience negotiating contracts with research institutes, academic medical centers, biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies, including primary and independent responsibility for drafting and negotiating complex contracts and interacting with internal stakeholders. Experience preferably includes reviewing, drafting, and negotiating clinical research-related agreements.

Required Competencies
  • Excellent communication skills and credibility to effectively interact and influence management at all levels.
  • Strong client relations and project management skills, with the ability to balance competing priorities and demands in a fast-paced environment and work successfully both independently and within a team.

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