ACT is a nonprofit organization helping people achieve educational and workplace success. Our programs are designed to boost lifelong learning in schools and workplaces around the world. Whether it's guiding students along their learning paths, enabling companies to develop their workforce, fostering parent, teacher, and counselor understanding of student progress, guiding job seekers toward career success, or informing policymakers about education and workforce issues. ACT is passionate about making a difference in all we do.
Learn more about working at ACT at act.org!
ACT is seeking an attorney to serve as Counsel. The Counsel is a corporate generalist role, providing legal advice to team members at all levels of the organization regarding a wide range of legal matters. A primary responsibility of this position is to advise on intellectual property law, privacy law, and a variety of other legal considerations relevant to ACT's business. The Counsel position is a member of the Legal department and reports to the Lead Counsel and Corporate Secretary.
Typical work-related activities include:
Provide advice and counsel to ACT and its subsidiary companies on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters
Advise on various intellectual property matters involving copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets, including managing ACT's trademark program and coordinating with outside counsel on patents.
Undertake a comprehensive review of the organization's data and privacy projects and advise on ACT's legal obligations and corporate privacy and data security goals and policies
Ensure the organization has and maintains appropriate privacy and confidentiality consents, data sharing and authorization forms, and information notices and materials
Conduct research regarding data privacy, intellectual property, and other legal issues affecting ACT's business, translating complex laws and regulations into practical advice and solutions
Provide training on legal issues to ACT team members
Communicate effectively with staff in all areas of the company, outside counsel and other third parties and their counsel
Manage efficient use of outside counsel
Anticipate legal needs and proactively recommend solutions for meeting these needs
Maintain current knowledge of trends and legal issues as they relate to ACT business
Juris doctor (JD) degree from an ABA accredited law school required
Minimum of five years of legal experience in a law firm or corporate legal department
One or more of the following privacy certifications is preferred:
CIPP/US Certified Information Privacy Professional
CIPM Certified Information Privacy Manager
Fellow of Information Privacy
Demonstrated competency in intellectual property law and/or student data privacy preferred
Significant experience in partnering with business clients and cross-functional teams and leading strategic projects and initiatives
A current license or the ability to become licensed to practice law in the state of Iowa is required
Experience working in a corporate legal department is preferred
Nonprofit law experience also preferred
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Highly self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision
Strong analytical, drafting, and negotiation skills, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills and judgment
Flexible and able to think creatively to find practical solutions to complex issues
Organized and detail oriented
Demonstrated experience managing multiple matters and projects, meeting deadlines and working effectively individually and as part of a team in a dynamic, fast-paced, challenging environment
Sophisticated interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop strong internal relationships, influence others, and work as part of cross-functional teams and in partnership with team members at all levels of the organization
Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality regarding corporate information