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Full-Time In-House General Legal Counsel at ArtsQuest



Senior Level

Bethlehem, PA, USA


23 Sep → 23 Oct


Job Description

Arts Quest Values Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Our employees are the most valuable assets we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and the organization’s achievement as well.

At ArtsQuest a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace is one where all employees feel valued and respected whatever their age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and/or veteran status. We embrace and encourage our employees’ characteristics that make them unique, because we value and appreciate diverse life experiences.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate verbally and in writing; see, distinguish color, sit, stand, walk, use a computer. The employee frequently is required to walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to lift to 10 pounds frequently, and up to 25 pounds occasionally, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Employee is frequently required to travel between our facilities, all within 1 mile of one another using reliable personal transportation. Employee is occasionally required to travel offsite for business meetings as needed.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., however the employee must be willing and able to work outside normal business hours to support our events and activities throughout the year as needed.

The following qualities are desirable, but are not required:
A passion for the arts, music, and cultural programs.
Experience working in a non-profit environment.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Our Culture:
ArtsQuest maintains a culture of C.A.R.E.S.; Creativity, Adaptability, Risk Taking, Evaluation and Sustainability. In addition, ArtsQuest has very high standards for accountability and ownership of all our employees’ actions, whose contributions to the organization all relate to customer service. It is critical that we uphold these high standards to deliver the most exceptional experiences to both our internal and external customers. We work hard, but we play harder. It’s the reason we’re here.

We value a collaborative work style as well as the ability to work cross-functionally.
We not only work in an office environment in close vicinity with other staff members, across multiple buildings, we also work outdoors in all types of weather during festivals and events.

Salary and Benefits:
ArtsQuest strives to be competitive in its compensation practices. We seek to pay base salaries at the market average, while recognizing organizational, team, and individual success. Our base pay rates, salary structure and other compensation practices are created using industry recognized methods and data sources. We have a generous time off policy; benefits include medical, dental, vision, term life, accidental death and dismemberment, and long-term disability insurance, as well at a 403(b)-retirement savings plan and discretionary match, an EAP and discounts on organizational programs and events when available as well as partner PERQ’s when offered.

FLSA Status: Exempt

ArtsQuest is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Responsibilities

  • Work directly with the Vice President of Administration, Board, Business and Strategic Support regarding assessment of legal risks, exposures, and insurance needs.
  • Review and recommend revisions to ArtsQuest-initiated annual and multi-year sponsor templates and contracts; review and advise regarding sponsor-initiated revisions to sponsor contracts.
  • Review and/or revision of annual visual arts events, exhibits, glass studio, etc. contracts and agreement templates.
  • Review and recommend Banana Factory and 520 Garages Resident Artist License Agreements.
  • Review and/or revise annual hospitality contract templates; review and recommend multi-year hospitality contracts where applicable; review and advise regarding client-initiated revisions to hospitality contracts.
  • Develop, review, and advise on Independent Contractor contracts per specific job scope.
  • Work directly with the Vice President of Administration, Board, Business and Strategic Support, VP of Human Resources, President & CEO and/or key staff and with outside legal counsel on legal aspects of employee issues.
  • Review and recommend revisions of current and new employee policies in collaboration with the HR Committee and Vice President of Human Resources; annually and/or as needed due to changed circumstances.
  • Assist in the development and review of organizational RFP’s, in collaboration with key staff, and actively participate in the RFP process.
  • Review and recommend multi-year Musikfest leases with the City of Bethlehem and Bethlehem Parking Authority in partnership with the Vice President, Board, Business and Strategic Support and President & CEO.
  • Review and give advice on Trademark and Intellectual Property issues, including but not limited to cease and desist and contractual misuse of ArtsQuest brands.
  • Recommend use of outside counsel, when needed, for sensitive or specialized legal issues.
  • Assist the President & CEO with negotiations and dispute resolution to minimize any potential litigation; raft and review legal strategy in response to any litigation.
  • On behalf of ArtsQuest, serve as the main point of contact for all outside legal needs, and monitor outside legal counsel’s work product and fees; communicate with outside counsel.
  • Advise executive team members on new laws, existing laws and legal rights that would impact the functionality of the business.
  • Maintaining knowledge of ArtsQuest’s legal documents and operations.
  • Maintain records of all legal documents and proceedings for the organization.
  • Assist the VP of Administration, Board, Business and Strategic Support, in the facilitation of filings of licensing forms and other statutory requirements.
  • General Counsel will participate in meetings and provide written updates to the President & CEO on behalf of ArtsQuest regarding external committees and councils as requested by the President & CEO. Examples may include but are not limited to:
  • General Counsel will participate as a non-voting advisor on internal boards, committees, and councils, providing legal counsel and review of governance and external documents when necessary. Examples may include but are not limited to:
  • General Counsel will collaborate, review, revise and/or recommend on all organizational and financial documentation including but not limited to:
  • Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) and New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) applications, requirements, reports, and reimbursement documentation, in conjunction with the Vice President of Administration & Director of Special Projects.
  • New and existing debt service applications, requirements, reports and repayment documentation, and revisions thereto as needed, in conjunction with the Vice President of Administration & Director of Special Projects.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • 10+ years’ experience in managing contract law.

  • JD from an accredited law school.

  • Be in good standing as an active member of the State Bar of Pennsylvania.

  • Ability to provide advice and counsel on a broad range of various industry and litigation strategies that support the organizations overall mission.

  • Should have prior experience with motion practice, discovery dispute, and trial preparation.

  • Copyright or trademark experience is a plus.

  • A minimum of 4 years of litigation experience.

  • Excellent analytical and communication skills.

  • Knowledge of general corporate matters and contract law.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Products, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

  • Collaborative work style.

  • Ability to work in an office environment in close vicinity with other employees.

  • Ability to work outside in all kinds of weather when helping at events.

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