American Public Education Inc.
Director, Company Counsel
At a glance
Location: US-WV-Charles Town Map
Posted: 07/26/2020
Closing: 08/25/2020
Degree: Graduate Degree
Type: Full-Time
Experience: At least 1 year(s)
American Public Education Inc.
Job description

American Public Education, Inc. (APEI) is seeking applicants for the position of Director, Company Counsel. This position will report to the Senior Vice President & General Counsel. The successful candidate will provide legal services and advice for a variety of company legal matters as assigned and will perform other duties pertaining to this work. Significant areas of practice will include the following: reviewing, drafting, and administering contracts and commercial agreements; advising on education regulatory, employment, data privacy, and other legal matters; and conducting research and providing support regarding state authorization and licensing compliance. This position will regularly interact with company employees, legal professionals and others in the performance of his/her responsibilities. This position has the opportunity for participation in the company’s bonus equity program.

Essential Functions:

  • Assists in the review, drafting and negotiation of contracts and other legal documents, including vendor agreements, licensing agreements, services contracts, non-disclosure agreements, real estate agreements, academic-related agreements and other commercial documents.
  • Assists in the administration and management of the organization’s contract management system/database.
  • Provides support, research, and assistance regarding federal and state regulatory compliance.
  • Provides advice and assistance related to various legal matters and issues involving human resources, company policies, intellectual property, consumer relations, and other areas.
  • Coordinates and engages with outside counsel on legal matters, as needed.
  • Assists with dispute management and resolution, including consumer and employee complaints and other litigation matters.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Standard office environment in Charles Town, WV, with occasional travel to Manassas, Virginia. Additional travel may be required from time to time.
  • Telework available up to 2 days a week.

Required Skills:

  • Detail oriented, self-motivated individual with ability to think critically and make clear, well-reasoned decisions.
  • Commitment to highest professional and ethical standards.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate, build rapport and communicate across organization with diverse range of academic and business partners.
  • Ability to function effectively in fast-paced work environments through prioritization of multiple, and sometimes conflicting, demands in order to meet established deadlines for projects and initiatives.

Required Experience:

  • Juris Doctorate from American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school.
  • Active member of bar in good standing in any state; bar membership in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and/or Washington, D.C preferred.
  • Minimum one year of law practice; between two to three years of legal experience required, with between four to six years preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience with contract, higher education, and data privacy laws preferred.
Director, Company Counsel