Counsel at ACT, Inc in Iowa City, Iowa

Posted in Other 29 days ago.

Job Description:


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.

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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

  • 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
  • Ability to travel 15-20 days annually