Associate General Counsel

Washington D.C.
Jun 07, 2018
Jul 12, 2018
Full Time

Associate General Counsel


The Associate General Counsel (“AGC”) works closely with the Deputy General Counsel (“DGC”) and General Counsel (“GC”) in providing general legal advice and representation to APA. The AGC has first line responsibility for work in several substantive legal areas. The AGC has sufficient experience and skill to function and handles many legal matters which require dealing independently with APA employees, APA Board, Council, APA Divisions, APA Committees, outside legal counsel, outside parties and courts.


A Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school, and a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar or a state bar with ability to waive into DC. Minimum of 5+ years of experience practicing law in some or all preferred subject areas.

Expertise in intellectual property and publishing, contracts, association law, privacy and non-profit law preferred. Ability to serve as a generalist and learn new areas of law as needed highly valued.

Exceptional analytic and critical thinking skills. Strong interpersonal, negotiating and collaborative skills. Strong writing and oral communication skills including explaining legal terms and recommending strategies to non-lawyer executive level stakeholders and to Association Board, members of Council of Representatives, Committees and Divisions.

Must be able to be a team player in a small, busy and highly efficient general counsel’s office. Must be skilled in working with non-lawyer clients from staff and governance in guidance, project planning, compliance implementation. Prefer candidates who are skilled relationship builders and partners to in-house teams.


Serves as APA’s lead attorney in contract law and risk management for over $75 million in contract and grant obligations through the review and approval of all legal contracts entered into by APA, negotiating and drafting contracts with third parties, drafting and review of copyright assignments, drafting and review of database software licensing agreements and other publishing contracts, review of government and private grants and contracts for funding of APA projects and personnel to assure compliance with governing regulations, business negotiations and commercial transactions.

Handles intellectual property matters regarding the protection of APA trademark and copyright registrations (including oversight of outside counsel); develops and oversees legal compliance programs in including conflict of interest forms, policies and compliance, document retention policies, web policies regarding privacy and terms of use, listserv rules, Sarbanes Oxley compliance (whistleblower and document retention matters), managing contract database, providing advice to APA staff and governance as required; acts as liaison for issues on technology with MIS and association

Handles internet related legal issues; point person on internet/technology/legal risk management. Handles privacy law concerns, GDPR implementation, and other technology and privacy related legal projects.

Works closely with APA Divisions providing legal advice and guidance on corporate and governance issues, including fiduciary duty, limits of authority, conflict of interest, risk management education and orientation, and publications.

Other Duties as Assigned: 

Handles commercial disputes with third parties with whom APA has contracted including litigation, bankruptcy matters, related discovery proceedings, pleadings, either directly or when matters in these areas are assigned to outside counsel, provides direct supervision and management.

Works with OGC and appropriate APA Divisions, Committees, Directorates, members and outside professional organizations to develop and implement projects for APA specific to assigned areas of expertise, staffs Committee on Legal Issues.

Functions in the place of the Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel in their absence.

Serves as Office of General Counsel representative on internal APA administrative committees and working groups as assigned.

Manages outside counsel efficiently and productively in projects and general consultation. Manages costs within the OGC legal budget which are relevant to the Associate General Counsel’s area of substantive responsibility.


General fluency with Microsoft office, remote meeting, familiarity generally with remote meeting, project management and budget management software, and technical ability to adapt to new systems.


Qualified candidates must apply online through APA’s applicant system [] and attach a cover letter and resume specifying your salary expectations. Applications that are submitted without both documents are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for consideration. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. Please make sure to check your Spam folder if you do not receive an email from us.

The American Psychological Association is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected categories covered under local law.