The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), with offices in Arlington, VA and Lincoln, NE is the trade association for over 900 consumer-owned electric cooperatives serving more than 42 million people. NRECA is committed to harnessing the strength of America's electric cooperatives into a single powerful voice. NRECA has won the following awards over the past few years:
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Summary Assistant General Counsel - Contracts P.5
Position Summary: Provides legal counsel to internal business clients regarding legal matters, transactions, and project-based corporate initiatives, with a primary focus in the areas of contracts and supplier relationships.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Providing legal counsel to internal business clients and Strategic Sourcing & Procurement (SS&P) staff on matters including contract drafting, contract interpretation, contract law and regulations, intellectual property law, laws affecting procurement, cybersecurity and privacy, and dispute resolution and litigation.
Effectively drafting, negotiating, and interpreting rights and obligations under contracts covering a broad range of corporate transactional matters.
Provide training and mentoring, as necessary, to internal business clients, other team members of the Office of General Counsel, and SS&P staff on contracting-related matters, such as appropriate uses for various contract types and proper drafting of contract language.
Assessing contracts to determine risk levels; advise NRECA staff and executives of contract exposure levels and mitigation strategies.
Formulating and advising NRECA staff and executives of appropriate, cost effective solutions and tactics relating to contract disputes, including negotiation and / or litigation.
Assisting the Office of General Counsel (OGC) to develop and revise contracting processes to meet NRECA's business, regulatory guidance and industry best practices.
Act as legal representative and lead negotiator with suppliers and opposing legal counsels.
Managing the development of requests for information / proposals (RFx), evaluating supplier responses, and recommending finalist suppliers. This includes assisting the internal business clients in developing the requirements and scope of work, submitting the RFx to qualified suppliers, receiving and consolidating proposals, developing proposal evaluation criteria and matrices, evaluating proposals, and conducting supplier customer reference checks.
Direct Reports to this Position: N/A
Requirements and Qualifications
Formal Education Required: Juris Doctor
Experience and Certifications Required:
5-10 years of contract drafting and negotiations experience.
Must be licensed to practice law in Virginia or eligible to register as corporate counsel consistent with the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia Part 1A, Rule 1A:5 governing Virginia Corporate Counsel & Corporate Counsel Registrants.
Experience with contracts and vendor management preferred
Has, or willing to get, at least one of the following procurement-relevant certifications: a. Certified Purchasing Manager or Certified Professional in Supply Management (ISM) b. Certified Technology Procurement Executive or Certified Technology Procurement Specialist (ICN) c. Certified Commercial Contracts Manager or Certified Professional Contracts Manager (NCMA) d. Master's Certificate in Commercial Contracting (e.g., GWU)
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
Knowledge of commercial contract law, intellectual property law, cybersecurity and privacy laws, laws affecting procurement and familiarity with the Uniform Commercial Code.
Working knowledge of FAR, DFARs, Title 2 of CFR, and agency regulations; public procurment and contracting procedures.
Knowledge and familiarity with data privacy and data security issues and risk, and addressing these risk via contractual obligations.
Ability to promptly produce high-quality, detailed work product.
Ability to work independently and quickly shift priorities in response to changing business environment.
Ability to communicative effectively and work collaboratively with both non-technical and highly technical individuals across different departments and at various levels of seniority, including security and risk professionals, engineers, software developers, and other business teams, as well as with outside counsel.
Past contributions to industry relevant publications or presentations at industry relevant events desired. Ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, with a diverse membership, employees and/or vendors in a clear and precise manner.
Ability to use Microsoft Office tools (Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point) in the day-to-day essential duties of the job. Ability to operate various office equipment such as personal computer, copier, printer, fax machine or other job-related equipment.
Ability to provide service excellence by building relationships, being resourceful, responsive and respectful.
Essential Physical Requirements
The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal and extensive reading.
Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.
Disclaimer Statement: The preceding job description has been written to reflect management's assignment of essential functions. It does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.