Assistant General Counsel

Washington, DC
Full Time
General Counsel’s Office

Title:                          Assistant General Counsel

Reports to:             General Counsel

Job Summary:        The Assistant General Counsel provides generalized legal advice to the Heritage Foundation (501(c)(3)), and our affiliated organizations, including Heritage Action for America (501(c)(4)) and The Daily Signal.  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, and support staff. This position requires experience in compliance, corporate, and contractual matters to support the General Counsel in leading and guiding Heritage management and staff.


Job Duties:

  • Analyze and apply Congressional, federal, and state lobbying and ethics authority to Heritage events and operations.
  • Oversee and manage internal audit and lobbying compliance programs and internal corporate governance programs, policies, and documents.
  • Draft, review, and negotiate commercial contracts, licensing agreements, and other legal agreements.
  • Oversee and manage the legal affairs of Heritage’s intellectual property, such as trademark usage, defense, and registration.
  • Conduct legal review of Heritage publications (including The Daily Signal) and public-facing communications (such as donation solicitations).
  • 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 legal experience, preferably in regulatory law applicable to 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations. Congressional staffing or corporate experience also preferred, including familiarity with internal corporate governance

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

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, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong understanding of Congressional, federal, or state lobbying and ethics laws and rules.
  • 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.



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