Assistant General Counsel

  • Job Tracking ID: 512468-579318
  • Job Location: Downtown Chicago, IL
  • Job Level: Any
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: June 15, 2017
  • Starting Date: ASAP
  • Reports to: Associate General Counsel
  • Status: Exempt
  • Level of Education: Juris Doctor degree or equivalent is required.
  • Career Level: Mid-Career (3 -5 years)
  • Years of Experience: Min 3 yrs related work exp., ideally including representation of associations/not-for-profits. Strong experience in contract drafting is required.

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Job Description:


Reporting to the Associate General Counsel and serving as the Society’s third in-house lawyer, the Assistant General Counsel will handle a broad range of corporate and contract issues in support of this very sophisticated not-for-profit organization and its membership.


Job Summary

The Assistant General Counsel will assist the Executive Director & General Counsel, and the Associate General Counsel in providing legal services to the organization, its charitable foundation and other managed organizations. The successful candidate will have a general understanding of the legal issues faced by not-for-profit and health care organizations, and in particular by associations, with a focus on contract and other corporate work. Within this framework, s/he will be flexible and versatile, eager to learn new areas and take on the day to day challenges presented to members of a small legal staff.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Assistant General Counsel’s responsibilities will involve assignments drawn from the entire spectrum of legal matters that would typically confront a not-for-profit association, including:

  • Providing support for the extensive commercial activities of the Society in support of its tax-exempt mission, including negotiating, drafting and reviewing a wide range of contracts, from vendor and supplier matters pertaining to the STS Annual Meeting and various stand-alone meetings to those involved in funded research activities, data licensing and other uses of the Society’s extensive research databases and educational offerings.
  • Addressing legal issues in a variety of other areas as they arise, including compliance by the Society and its contracting parties with the terms of various types of contracts, review of licensees’ proposed uses of the Society’s trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property, human resources/ employment matters, tax issues, insurance, STS Political Action Committee matters, state law corporate filings, etc.
  • Providing support and guidance on corporate governance matters, including working with the Board and its committees.
  • Working with outside counsel retained by the Society in specialty legal areas.
  • Providing HIPAA and other privacy/confidentiality-related compliance counsel and support.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Experience and Skills:


Juris Doctor degree or equivalent is required.


Law License

Active license in good disciplinary standing to practice law in the State of Illinois is required. An active license in good disciplinary standing to practice law issued by a different state is also acceptable, contingent on obtaining within a reasonable period of time a license to practice law in Illinois (which may include a limited license under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 716).



  • At least three years of experience providing legal representation to clients, ideally including representation of associations and/or other not-for-profit organizations. Strong experience in contract drafting is required. Either law firm or in-house experience or a combination thereof is acceptable, but experience dealing directly with clients and taking independent responsibility for matters is very important.
  • Familiarity/experience with transactions in the health care industry is a plus.


Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and interact effectively with all levels of the organization. Personal credibility and the ability to articulate legal positions and strategies concisely and quickly, in a manner that is useful and easily understood by the surgeon leadership and staff. Team player, willing to pitch in where needed.
  • A positive attitude employing a flexible approach and a great deal of intellectual curiosity, dedication, energy and passion for the Society’s work. Willingness to stretch into less familiar areas of the law, and adapt as the organization and the cardiothoracic surgery specialty that it serves evolve.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and follow-through skills; attention to detail is essential.
  • Proficiency in multi-tasking and managing several projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, staff, and member volunteer leaders; tact, diplomacy, and good judgment are essential.
  • Excellent legal research, writing and analytical skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products, and particularly with change tracking and other collaboration features.
  • Ability to travel (moderate), as necessary.



Energy, creativity, initiative, eagerness to learn, and professionalism required. Candidate must exemplify the STS Core Values of Quality, Innovation, Professionalism, Inclusiveness, and Teamwork.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.