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Assistant/Associate Counsel (NYGC)

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit, academic research organization dedicated to advancing genomic research. NYGC scientists and staff are furthering new approaches to diagnosing and treating neurological diseases and cancer through their unique capabilities in whole genome sequencing, RNA sequencing, state-of-the art analytics, and the development of genomic tools. NYGC concentrates specifically on disease-based research in the following areas: neuropsychiatric disease (autism, schizophrenia, bipolar); neurodegenerative disease (ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntingdon’s), and cancer.
Located in Lower Manhattan, NYGC was founded by and remains closely affiliated with twelve leading academic medical centers and research universities in the New York region and beyond, engaging in research projects with and for these institutions. Essential to our collaborative work is an outstanding faculty, whose members typically hold a joint appointment at NYGC and a partner university. They support our scientific mission by conducting independent research in areas of mutual interest to us and the wider scientific community.
NYGC is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. NYGC takes affirmative action in support of its policy to hire and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
Position Description
NYGC’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) is seeking an experienced attorney to provide sound, thorough and timely legal advice in support of NYGC’s research and operational objectives. The OGC is responsible for counseling the organization and its leaders across a wide range of substantive legal and regulatory areas, including commercial transactions, data privacy/security, intellectual property and technology transfer, clinical testing, tax exempt status, faculty affairs, employee relations, export controls, and corporate governance. As a rule, OGC attorneys are expected to become conversant with all of NYGC’s activities and to practice as generalists, with a willingness to learn new subject matter and assume a diverse mix of assignments. However, the incumbent for this position must have a transactional background, with a solid grounding in academic technology transfer and intellectual property.
The OGC is headed by NYGC’s Vice President & General Counsel, who manages one other staff attorney, an immigration specialist and a shared administrative assistant. As a key member of the OGC, the Assistant/Associate Counsel’s principal responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
  • Review, draft and negotiate contracts related to scientific and clinical research, clinical laboratory testing, and technology transfer, in consultation, as appropriate, with NYGC’s Office of Business Development.
  • Provide practical legal support to other NYGC departments with respect to grant agreements, software licenses, loan and financing documents, major equipment purchase agreements, and supplier and service agreements. Such support may entail internal contract review, drafting and negotiation, or oversight of external counsel engaged to perform these functions. 
  • Help manage NYGC’s intellectual property, including reviewing invention disclosures, overseeing external patent counsel, and communicating with faculty inventors and any collaborating institutions.
  • Provide counsel on current or proposed federal, state or local laws, or other government measures, that may affect NYGC’s operations. This includes, for example, questions on the application or interpretation of laws related to areas such as privacy and the management of human health information, the conduct of clinical trials or clinical testing, the tax treatment of program revenues, and labor and employment practices. 
  • Develop policies and procedures to address NYGC’s myriad legal compliance obligations (e.g., federal HHS, NIH, IRS); assist in staff training regarding these obligations.
  • Assist the organization, as needed, with responses to external inquiries or complaints from federal, state or local agencies, or non-governmental parties, that may raise legal or other significant issues for NYGC. 
  • Review and advise the organization on any legal issues related to external corporate communications and endorsements; and
  • Aid the Vice President & General Counsel in managing projects assigned to retained outside counsel, including reviewing engagement letters and monthly fee statements. 
Position Requirements
  • J.D. degree from a leading law school accredited by the American Bar Association;
  • Admitted to practice in New York State;
  • 5+ years of experience practicing law with a major research university or hospital, or in a top-tier law firm, required; and, for law firm candidates, nonprofit, higher education or healthcare experience strongly preferred;
  • Science background and knowledge of rules and regulations applicable to academic medical research, data privacy, and clinical laboratories strongly preferred;
  • Strong transactional experience and business acumen required, as well as excellent contract drafting and negotiation skills;
  • Ability and willingness to handle a variety of tasks across a broad range of substantive areas and to learn new areas quickly;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Excellent judgment;
  • Superior verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, and demonstrated success in relating to many different constituencies;
  • Highly developed strategic and conceptual/analytical skills;
  • Ability to work in a fast-changing, intellectually demanding environment;
  • Ability to make decisions and prioritize work with a sensitivity to the importance of the issues and constituencies involved, and to balance information-gathering with timely action.
Compensation and Benefits.
NYGC offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience, including a generous employee benefits package. Benefits include matching contributions to a 401(k) retirement plan; vacation and paid medical leave; subsidized back-up childcare; and financial support for professional development/training.
To Apply
In order to be considered for this position, all applicants must submit a cover letter and resume. Your cover letter should highlight elements of your experience, skills and/or personality that make you a good fit for the position. Click here to apply.