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The Research Foundation for SUNY

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Job title: Associate Attorney (Corporate/Litigation)
Job location: Albany, NY 12201 United States
Requisition code: 368368
Date posted: 07/05/13
Job type: Full-Time
Compensation:

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Job Category:Associate Attorney

Job Description


Job description:
The Research Foundation For SUNY

Associate Attorney (Corporate/Litigation)

Locations: Albany, NY
Posted: Jun 24, '13
Type: Full-time

About The Research Foundation for SUNY:
Founded in 1951, the RF exists to serve SUNY and to capitalize on the scope, scale and diversity of SUNY as an engine of New York state’s innovation economy.

The RF supports nearly $1 billion in SUNY research activity annually, providing sponsored programs administration and commercialization support services to SUNY faculty performing research in life sciences and medicine; engineering and nanotechnology; physical sciences and energy; social sciences, and computer and information sciences.

The Research Foundation is committed to diversity and inclusion. We believe that promoting a diverse, inclusive working environment enhances productivity, creates personal and professional opportunities, unleashes each individual's full potential and fuels innovation.

The Research Foundation and its employees are committed to a culture of integrity and accountability, holding each other and the organization to the highest standards of ethical behavior.

Visit www.rfsuny.org and connect with the RF on Facebook. Learn about the Power of SUNY at www.suny.edu.

Job Description:

FUNCTION & SCOPE:
The Research Foundation for the State University of New York is seeking an energetic, insightful attorney with 6+ years of relevant experience to join a collaborative 5-lawyer team as a generalist with a focus on business transactions and oversight of litigation arising out of the Foundation’s sponsored programs, innovation and partnerships activity, and corporate status as a non-profit foundation. This is one of 2 posted opportunities to join a collegial, hard-working team in a dynamic mission-driven enterprise that is the largest and most diverse research foundation in the country.

Functions will include contract drafting, review and negotiation, litigation management, investigations, dispute resolution, and advice on policies, business transactions, and governance, including matters relating to the corporation’s tax exempt status. Reporting to the General Counsel and Secretary, incumbent will work closely with Research Foundation executive management as well as campus academic and business leadership, managers of entities affiliated with the Research Foundation, and SUNY's counsel. Day-to-day duties will involve a wide range of transactions reflecting the complex, diverse and extremely interesting work of the Research Foundation.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Counsel RF and SUNY business and academic leadership on a broad range of complex and novel legal, business, and strategic issues, including those attendant to nonprofit and academic environments. These include tax-exempt status, corporate governance, compliance investigation, industry and government contracting, corporate formation, strategic alliances, construction, export controls, finance, accounting and tax procurement, legislative analysis, real estate and other corporate and business transactions as well as investigations and litigation;

• Manage litigation arising from the Foundation’s corporate affairs, Partnerships & Innovation and Sponsored Programs activity, overseeing outside counsel, and making appearances and presenting evidence at administrative hearings before administrative agencies, arbitrators, and other entities,. Cases typically involve breach of contract, patent infringement, employee relations, and/or negligence;


• Conduct and/or assist with conducting internal investigations; work with SUNY counsel on corresponding investigations as needed and assist in federal, state and local reporting processes, evaluate findings, and determine appropriate resolutions;

• Support functional areas (such as Sponsored Programs, innovation & Partnerships, Finance) through contract template development, contract interpretation and guidance, development and review of policies, and training for RF and SUNY campus leaders, managers and employees;

• Assist the Innovation and Partnership function with intellectual property and commercialization related legal matters, development of transactional documents supporting public-private collaborations and industry partnerships, and facilitate the financial and legal structuring of new business entities;


• Prepare, negotiate, and manage contracts, leases, license agreements, and other legal documents with contractors and subcontractors, vendors, research sponsors, and governmental entities. Contracts may include commercial contracts, master services agreements, lease agreements, license agreements, non-disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, equipment and real property leases, sales and purchase agreements, and procurement contracts;

• Promote and support company policies, procedures, mission, values, and standards of ethics and integrity; support the corporation’s control environment by helping to identify, assess, and manage legal risks and liabilities, assist with the creation, implementation, and enhancement of corporate processes, polices, and procedures, and partner with business unit leaders to identify and facilitate business process improvement initiatives; and

• Perform other legal and administrative functions to support the RF’s strategic and operating plans.

Requirements:

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
• JD from an accredited law school, membership in good standing or eligibility for membership in NY State bar;

• A minimum of 6 years of experience, including in-house counsel or related law firm practice;

• Strong commercial contracts and corporate transactional experience including: drafting, reviewing, negotiating, revising and advising on a variety of sophisticated and complex transactions such as research and development contracts, services and consulting agreements, inbound/outbound licensing agreements, technology agreements, and partner and vendor agreements;

•Litigation experience including discovery, document collection, motion practice, and related legal research;

•Experience with investigations and compliance matters;

• Proficiency in Microsoft word; competency in PowerPoint and Excel.

Additional Information:

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
•Excellent judgment, business acumen, and common sense.

• Strong work ethic, superior organizational skills, and ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment under time constraints and work well independently and as a collaborative team member;

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including presentation and training capabilities and ability to relate and work well with people of many cultures, disciplines, and levels of experience;

• Willingness to travel to campuses in the SUNY system as needed;

• Experience and/or appreciation for issues in representing academic research organizations and/or faculty, researchers, and academic administrators;

• Entrepreneurial spirit and experience.

•Confidence and leadership with humility; be self-assured but not self-important;

• Optimistic attitude that thrives in a dynamic and complex working environment;

• Ability to accept corrections with grace and a sense of humor;

• Commitment to the mission of the RF and our goals to benefit SUNY and the State of New York;

Application Instructions:
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

To apply, please visit: http://rfsuny.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=40803

AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

About The Research Foundation for The State University of New York (“RF”):

Founded in 1951, the RF exists to serve SUNY and to capitalize on the scope, scale and diversity of SUNY as an engine of New York state’s innovation economy.

The RF supports nearly $1 billion in SUNY research activity annually, providing sponsored programs administration and commercialization support services to SUNY faculty performing research in life sciences and medicine; engineering and nanotechnology; physical sciences and energy; social sciences, and computer and information sciences.

The Research Foundation for The State University of New York is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation for The State University of New York are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. The Research Foundation for The State University of New York operates under a contract with the State University of New York and receives no directly appropriated state funding.

The Research Foundation is committed to diversity and inclusion. We believe that promoting a diverse, inclusive working environment enhances productivity, creates personal and professional opportunities, unleashes each individual's full potential and fuels innovation.

The Research Foundation and its employees are committed to a culture of integrity and accountability, holding each other and the organization to the highest standards of ethical behavior.

Visit www.rfsuny.org and connect with the RF on Facebook. Learn about the Power of SUNY at www.suny.edu.







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