Assistant General Counsel

Washington, DC
Apr 11, 2019
May 11, 2019
Full Time
The Assistant General Counsel acts as an in-house attorney to serve as the primary contact for labor and employment matters and provide general legal services to the Kennedy Center and its departments and affiliates, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and VSA.

Duties and Responsibilities:

70% Serve as the subject matter expert for labor and employment law. Play a key role in union negotiations, develop a strategy and provide counsel on all employment matters, EEO, federal matters and legal issues related to employee benefits. Work closely with the General Counsel, Human Resources, and SVPs on these matters.

10% Remain up-to-date and competent in all areas of law relating to federal agency management.

10% Draft, review, and negotiate various agreements and contracts.

1 0% Research, draft, and provide support for the establishment of various Kennedy Center policies. Respond to the needs and requests of the Kennedy Center management and staff in a professional, expedient manner. Adhere to all employer policies and procedures. Other duties as assigned.


Education: Must possess a JD from a law school accredited by the ABA. Minimum of 5 years as a practicing attorney dealing with legal issues in related areas with a specific concentration in labor and employment law. Must be a member in good standing of the bar of the District of Columbia or other state.

Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required

Critical Skills: Must be able to work effectively in a sensitive, fast-paced environment. Must possess excellent writing and oral communication skills with the ability to tailor legal language to diverse audiences. Ability to interact with various staff levels and with outside personnel.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and on the telephone. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel in order to operate computer keyboard, office equipment, and other essential tasks. The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, crouch, and reach with hands and arms. This position infrequently lifts, carries, or otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment

The noise level in the work environment is normal.

No travel is anticipated.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation's cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion.

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