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Associate General Counsel

Employer
Art Institute of Chicago
Location
Illinois, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 25, 2022

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Position Type
Jobs Outside Academe, Non-profit & Government Organizations
Employment Level
Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Art Institute of Chicago (the “Institute”) is a prominent cultural institution composed of an internationally renowned art museum (the “Museum”) and a nationally ranked, fully accredited college of art and design (the School of the Art Institute of Chicago or the “School”). It is internationally recognized as having two of the leading fine-arts institutions in the United States.

The Museum has a global reputation for excellence in practices, programs, research, and collection. It is entrusted with some of the most important art objects in the world ranging across time and geography. It provides a wide range of ambitious and scholarly exhibitions as well as accessible public programming. The Museum has been listed in TripAdvisor’s top five museums in the United States for six years running.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is a fully accredited, degree-granting institution and offers a wide range of degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The School is one of the most prestigious and comprehensive professional art schools in the world as evidenced by notable alumni with work on view in some of the most revered cultural institutions in the world, Fulbright scholars and MacArthur “genius” alumni and faculty, as well as highly ranked individual departments.

Position Summary

We are seeking an Associate General Counsel to join our dedicated and talented team and provide strategic advice to internal clients at the Museum and School. The successful candidate will have a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited institution along with a minimum of six years of experience successfully practicing law; a license to practice law in Illinois or be eligible for and achieve admission to the Illinois State Bar within a reasonable time period after employment. Experience working as an attorney at a law firm or in-house with nonprofits, museums, or institutions of higher education is preferred.

JOB SUMMARY: The Associate General Counsel is an integral member of the Office of the General Counsel, providing legal services to internal clients at the museum and School. Given the diverse business and legal needs of the Art Institute, the Associate General Counsel will provide strategic advice on a broad range of legal issues including, but not limited to, contracts, cultural property, labor and employment, risk management, student conduct and faculty matters, student privacy, Title IX, philanthropic gifts, provenance, exhibitions, and acquisitions and deaccessions of art object.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Assists in identifying legal risks to the Institute and recommends appropriate remedies; analyzes and monitors applicable laws and regulations to provide effective legal counsel and advises as necessary.
  • Drafts, reviews, and negotiates all contracts, leases, and other legal documents. Works closely with internal clients to assure that all documents meet the Institute’s objectives and protects the Institute’s interests.
  • Assists in managing all administrative claims and litigation to which the Institute is a party; assists in internal hearing processes for faculty and student disputes; reports employment claims to insurer and reviews coverage issues.
  • Reviews wills, trusts, and other gift instruments and agreements; drafts deeds of gifts, promised gift agreements, and loan agreements; provides guidance on gift acceptance policies and best practices.
  • Provides timely routine legal support directly and, with approval of General Counsel, retains and manages specialized legal counsel from outside firms when necessary.
  • Monitors, researches, and analyzes legal issues related to higher education and to the Museum to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and recommends changes, as necessary.
  • Reviews and drafts Museum and School policies. 
Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: 

  • Law degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of six years of experience successfully practicing law.
  • A license to practice law in Illinois or be eligible for and achieve admission to the Illinois State Bar within a reasonable period of time.
  • Experience working as an attorney at a law firm or in-house with nonprofits, museums, or institutions of higher education is preferred.

 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate at all levels within the organization.
  • Ability to analyze data, derive meaningful conclusions, and make sound recommendations.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects and also work as part of a team.
  • Excellent time-management skills.
  • Ability to develop and sustain excellent relationships with varied clients and constituencies.
  • Excellent legal, analytical, and drafting skills and the ability to communicate effectively with lawyers and non-lawyers.
  • Comfort working in a complex, fast-paced environment, managing a varied workload with shifting priorities and deadlines.
  • Possess a high level of integrity, judgment, and a proactive and service-oriented mindset to assist in achieving client goals while complying with all applicable policies, rules, and laws.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Office environment and possible hybrid work arrangement.

Interested candidates will submit a resume and cover letter detailing interest and qualifications in applying for the position. (Please attach all as one document when uploading)

**Please apply online at: www.artic.edu/careers **

Vaccination Expectation

Becoming vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 is the most important contribution we as individuals can make to ensure our own safety and the safety of our museum and school community. All employees must complete an attestation and provide proof of their vaccination and booster status, or request a medical or religious exemption within the first week of employment.

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace. We believe in a staff culture that benefits from a wide range of experience, backgrounds, and career paths, and we encourage nontraditional candidates to apply.

 

 

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