Principal Corporate Counsel - State and Local Government/Education
Microsoft has an immediate opening for a dynamic, highly motivated, and experienced attorney to join our US Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA) team in the Customer & Partner Solutions Group. This attorney will primarily support Microsoft's US Public Sector's Education (K-12 and Higher Ed) Sales and Services organization in the sale of cloud computing services, devices, and professional services (product support and consulting). Ideally this position will be in the Washington, DC area, or Atlanta, GA, though other locations may be considered for the right candidate.**Responsibilities**Legal Advice and Counsel+ Acts as the primary legal contact (generalist or subject matter expert) for a product, product feature, sales team, business team, or corporate function; executes and/or resolves moderate-impact legal matters.+ Serves as an important contributor to clients and colleagues by providing actionable advice on legal and related business matters (eg, privacy, intellectual property, regulatory compliance) grounded in in-depth understanding of product.+ Identifies and anticipates legal risks in the client's business, technology, and/or public policy, and develops solutions to mitigate future risk.+ Manages day to day interactions with outside counsel or other service providers to address and resolve issues.+ Structures, drafts, and negotiates transactional documents (eg, standard agreements with third parties).+ Conducts, reviews, interprets, and analyzes legal information; cultivates an understanding of legal principles within primary legal practice area and a basic understanding of legal principles outside of primary area.+ Monitors business activity to ensure legal compliance policies/standards are followed; advises and helps clients understand compliance issues, identifies risks including anti-trust/anti-corruption, and offers solutions.+ Identifies and engages appropriate stakeholders in Legal and Corporate Affairs and business to escalate issues.Representing Microsoft+ Actively participates in legal, work, or industry associations (eg, presenting at meetings, conferences, hearings, consultations, assisting in planning or preparing presentations); contributes to external outreach initiatives and recruiting.+ Develops positive relationships with external legal professionals, customers, or partners in an effort to protect and advocate Microsoft's interests; coordinates with government affairs professionals to obtain alignment in policy strategy for public entities.Operational Excellence+ Engages with legal and other business colleagues (eg business desk, finance, tax and trade, compliance) to identify and share best practices.+ Provides continuous feedback and contributes to the improvement of project operational efficiencies; provides recommendations to improve efficiencies within work group and for the delivery of legal services to clients.+ Manages project work expenses according to budget and proposes efficiencies.+ Models compliance and maintains confidentiality, attorney-client privilege, privacy, and the security of data.Communication+ Collaborates effectively within work group and across Legal and Corporate Affairs functions on client issues.+ Organizes and simplifies issues and ideas in written and verbal communication.Additional Responsibilities:+ Drafting, negotiating, and advising business clients relative to complex cloud computing, devices, professional and support services, teaming, non-disclosure and other agreements with Education industry customers, and Microsoft Education partners in the US+ Providing strategic advice on industry procurements, various transaction agreements and acquisition methods, as well as procurement matters; including supporting RFx responses and protest matters.+ Providing strategic advice and guidance on rapidly changing privacy, cybersecurity, procurement, and other regulatory and policy issues impacting the sale of Microsoft products and services to Education customers.Providing other necessary general legal advice and counsel to business clients primarily in the areas of ethics and compliance, antitrust law, intellectual property law, privacy law, dispute resolution and corporate citizenship.Other+ Embody our culture and values**Qualifications**Required/Minimum Qualifications+ Juris Doctorate Degree or Equivalent International Degree+ OR Completion of a Legal Apprenticeship.+ Active license to practice law in a jurisdiction and capable of meeting admission requirements in relevant jurisdiction.+ 5+ years experience as a practicing attorney+ OR equivalent practice of law.Additional or Preferred Qualifications+ 3+ years experience as an attorney with sophisticated technology agreements.+ In-house counsel experience\#CELAMicrosoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form (https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/accommodationrequest) .Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.