The Cato Institute seeks qualified candidates for a full-time position located in Washington, D.C. as a General Counsel. This is a unique role that will have the ability to impact the organization on a fundamental level. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to limited government and individual liberty.
You will oversee and advise on all legal issues facing the Institute, and have primary responsibility for monitoring and ensuring compliance with all relevant legal, governance, tax and other requirements. You will examine and draft IT, employment, and vendor contracts, manage copyrights and trademarks, and oversee corporate governance, the development and maintenance of relevant organizational policies, and the preservation of business records. You will also establish the prudence of defending lawsuits and prosecuting as appropriate. You will work closely with the Chief of Staff to provide strategic guidance and make recommendations on employment-related issues. When appropriate, you may also interact with the Institute’s Board of Directors.
The ideal candidate will have sound knowledge and understanding of applicable laws and regulations, and the ability to make judicious legal decisions. You should have general counsel experience, and a strong understanding of employment law. Top candidates will be team players with exceptional advocacy and people skills. Extensive experience interfacing with C-level colleagues will be critical to your success in this role.
The Cato Institute is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational foundation—a think tank—dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.
Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th- century England that presented a vision of a society free from excessive government power. Cato’s Letters inspired the architects of the American Revolution. The Cato Institute strives to bring the timeless principles of that revolution — individual liberty, limited government, and free markets – to all people. Personal and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future.
The Cato Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
- Advising executives, senior managers and the Board of Directors on various matters such as legal rights, and new and existing laws
- Acting as a key strategic partner to senior management, especially the Executive Vice President, President & CEO, Chief Financial Officer, Chief of Staff, and Board of Directors
- Managing the organization’s legal matters and engaging and liaising with outside counsel as necessary
- Examining and creating draft agreements, such as employment and vendor agreements
- Maintaining knowledge of the organization’s operations and legal documents and preserving corporate records
- Managing the organization’s intellectual property
- Recommending human resources policies and procedures and overseeing adherence to them
- Juris Doctor degree from an accredited, well-respected law school
- 5+ years of work experience, including practicing with an established law firm
- Strong commitment to limited government and individual liberty
- Experience with corporate governance issues
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Knowledge of statutes, rules, and regulations pertaining to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
- Proficient understanding of organizational sensitivities and confidentiality
- Proficient legal experience in employment law preferred
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:
- Cover letter detailing your interest in the position/Cato’s mission and salary requirements
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:
Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
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