Associate General Counsel

Date: Jan 8, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

ACS Associate General Counsel



The American Chemical Society (“ACS” or “Society”) was founded in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress.  A scientific and professional organization of chemists and chemical engineers, the ACS is one of the world’s largest scientific organizations with more than 152,000 members around the world.  With a mission to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people, the ACS is a leading publisher of authoritative scientific information with more than 75 peer-reviewed journals, as well as books and databases.  The Society generates annual revenues in excess of $600 million, primarily through sales of its publications and database products, as well as through dues, meeting registrations and donations.    ACS’ commitment to its members is extraordinary.  It seeks to provide the resources and networks that will help members advance not only their careers but also the field of chemistry.  ACS facilitates the creation of collaborative communities focused on scientific progress.


The ACS values diversity and knows it powers us as we build an innovative and inclusive leadership culture centered on the Society’s core values of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Respect. 


Position Summary

            We are looking for an Associate General Counsel to join the ACS Office of the Secretary and General Counsel (“OSGC”) in our Washington, D.C. office.  This is a mid-level position that reports to the Assistant General Counsel and which operates with management responsibility, as delegated by the General Counsel, for a wide range of in-house legal activities conducted by the ACS.  


The OSGC is committed to supporting the Society’s mission, participating in strategic planning, finding innovative solutions to our clients’ needs, and striving to provide the most efficient, practical, and timely advice possible.  We encourage collaborative and results-driven working styles and offer an environment where employees can function at their highest level. The ACS legal team works with all internal ACS Divisions and with the Society’s extensive governance to enhance the Society’s mission and to protect the Society’s legal rights.  We ensure that the Society complies with the many legal obligations facing ACS as a large nonprofit. 


The ACS is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law.  The ACS will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.


Position Accountabilities:

  • Provide practical legal counsel and develop creative/practical solutions to questions arising in a variety of diverse legal fields such as employment and immigration, copyright, trademark, patent, licensing, commercial transactions, contracts, taxation, litigation, and public policy.    
  • Work with cross-functional teams to negotiate and review technology, licensing, intellectual property, consulting, marketing, service, and other domestic and international agreements.
  • Negotiate, draft and execute agreements and contracts on behalf of the organization.

  • Advise senior managers and other employees within the Society.

  • Provide occasional training to ACS employees and governance on legal topics.

  • Keep up to date on legislation and regulations affecting ACS programs, products, and services, ensuring compliance with applicable legal provisions and reporting requirements.


Key Requirements:

  • J.D. degree with a strong academic background;
  • Member, or ability to waive into, the D.C. Bar;
  • At least six to eight years of experience as an attorney in practice gained in law firms and/or in a for-profit, nonprofit, government legal department.
  • Experience with two or more of the following: (1) employment/immigration; (2) intellectual property; (3) general publishing issues; (4) privacy/GDPR; (5) general litigation; (6) nonprofit organizations; and (7) commercial contracts/licensing;  

  • Able and willing to handle a variety of tasks across a broad range of substantive areas and to learn new areas quickly.
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills, along with the ability to communicate effectively with others at all levels of the organization.

  • Strong negotiating skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong relationships within the organization’s legal department and across all businesses.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Commitment to teamwork and a strong sense of humor.




Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

Job Segment: Consulting, Database, Technology