Assistant General Counsel

Washington, DC
Full Time
Office of the General Counsel

Title:                            Assistant General Counsel

Reports to:               General Counsel

Job Summary:            The Assistant General Counsel provides legal advice to the Heritage Foundation (501(c)(3)), and our affiliated organizations, including Heritage Action for America (501(c)(4)).  The Assistant General Counsel directly supports internal clients and operational components in collaboration with the Office of General Counsel (OGC), including other in-house counsel, paralegals, support staff, and outside counsel.  This position requires experience in corporate, litigation, and contractual matters to support the General Counsel.  In addition to substantive knowledge, this position requires good judgment, a collaborative approach to serving internal clients, and the ability to manage fast-paced and competing demands.


Job Duties:

  • Provide general business and regulatory advice to internal clients.
  • Manage commercial/corporate litigation matters, including internal discovery efforts.
  • Conduct legal review of Heritage publications and public-facing communications, on an as-needed basis.
  • Provide counsel on internal audit and corporate governance programs, policies, and documents, on an as-needed basis.
  • Draft, review, and negotiate commercial contracts, licensing agreements, and other legal agreements.
  • Manage Heritage’s intellectual property, such as trademark usage, defense, and registration.
  • Work collaboratively with the OGC team and perform other duties as assigned by the General Counsel.



Education:                      BA/BS and JD required; admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia or ability to waive into the District of Columbia Bar

Experience:                    5-10 years of experience providing sophisticated legal services to corporate/commercial/non-profit entities; commercial litigation experience required; corporate experience preferred, including familiarity with internal corporate governance; experience applying congressional, federal, and state lobbying and ethics rules preferred; experience with significant legal issues facing tax-exempt organizations also preferred

Communication:          Mastery of English language and composition; excellent verbal and written communication

Technology:                   Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat


Other Requirements:

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the department’s goals and objectives.
  • Highest standards of integrity and legal ethics.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, advocacy, and interpersonal skills.
  • Sound judgment and ability to think critically and make clear and well-reasoned decisions in complex and time-sensitive situations.
  • Propensity to take initiative and think creatively, within mission and established policies, to achieve assigned objectives.
  • Highest degree of discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to anticipate the needs of internal clients.



Benefits and Salary:

The Heritage Foundation offers a highly competitive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, best-in-class health care, vision, and dental insurance, employer-sponsored retirement funding, “take what you need” PTO and sick leave, 14 weeks of paid leave for new moms and 6 weeks of paid leave for new dads, among other programs.


The salary range for this role is $175,000 - $210,000 annually. This range is a good faith estimate, and the final salary offered to a selected candidate depends on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s experience, education, and other qualifications; internal and external market pay for comparable jobs; and level of hire based on aforementioned qualifications.


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