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Associate General Counsel

at The College Board | National Office (New York, NY) | View all jobs

The College Board is conducting a search for an Associate General Counsel. This position is based in our New York City headquarters and reports to the General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer.

 The College Board is a not for profit membership organization that combines over a century of experience, worldwide name recognition, unrivaled reach and mission-driven ambition to clear a path for all students to own their future.  Named by Fast Company as one of the most innovative education companies in the world, the College Board helps more than seven million students a year prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT, PSAT and the Advanced Placement Program.

 The Associate General Counsel will be a recognized legal expert within the College Board and a true counselor and valued business partner who advises the organization, its leaders and staff on a wide spectrum of legal, commercial and compliance issues; thoughtfully managing risk and zealously protecting the organization and its personnel while maintaining a solutions-oriented approach to both legal and business issues.

As a key legal advisor to the organization, the Associate General Counsel has significant interaction with all levels of management and 1,800+ employees as well as third parties, providing a broad array of legal advice.

 Role Responsibilities 

  • Advises internal staff and interacts with external parties on behalf of the organization regarding a diverse range of legal and commercial issues that will be largely contractual and transactional but that also may include compliance, litigation and dispute management, privacy, intellectual property, technology, employment, investigations, governance, policies, corporate or other areas.
  • Drafts, reviews, analyzes and negotiates a variety of commercial agreements that may include vendor, sales and services contracts, collaboration agreements, investment contracts, non-disclosure agreements, release and settlement agreements, licensing agreements, independent contractor agreements, and government and municipal contracting agreements.
  • Reviews and helps respond to complex government contracts with foreign, federal, state and municipal entities; requests for information, quotes and proposals (RFIs, RFQs, RFPs).
  • Takes initiative to resolve complaints and disputes with customers, clients, and partners or other parties to mitigate potential for litigation.
  • Works collaboratively with and manages outside counsel on various legal issues; providing direction, discussing strategy, reviewing work product and managing fees.

Required Skills and Experience

  • J.D. and undergraduate degrees earned with excellent academic credentials.
  • Admission to and good standing in a U.S. state bar.
  • At least 8-10 years of broad and relevant legal experience, some of it in-house, with emphasis on commercial contracts.
  • Non-legal business experience and work in the education industry or not-for-profit sector are plusses.
  • Solid business acumen with sound judgment and the ability to provide business partners at every level with timely and appropriately risk-balanced advice and guidance.
  • A cross functional collaborator who encourages and builds consensus, easily gains trust and support of senior leadership and peers, finds common ground and solves problems with diligence, creativity and flexibility.
  • A team-oriented professional, who multi-tasks and prioritizes well, takes initiative, is capable of leading projects and who can work effectively both independently and with others.
  • Superior written and verbal communications skills.

 Required Competencies

  • Generosity in service of students, colleagues, and partners.
  • Command of evidence and technology.
  • Getting things done, with a premium on quality and efficiency. 


We offer our employees an outstanding benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of paid time off, a generous retirement savings plan (up to 10% of salary matched), health, dental and pet insurance, generous tuition reimbursement for college-going children and ongoing professional development and training.

 Equal Opportunity Employer; E-Verify

The College Board is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College Board participates in E-Verify, a service of DHS and SSA, where required. Please understand that only qualified applicants will be contacted.