VP, General Counsel

The Great Courses Chantilly , VA 22022

Posted 4 months ago

Position Title Vice President & General Counsel

A pioneer in the lifelong-learning market, The Teaching Company is a popular and growing media company that produces The Great Courses: a series of comprehensive and engaging, university-level, video and audio courses taught by the world's greatest professors without the pressure of schedules, homework, or exams.

The Great Courses cover a wide variety of topics ranging from traditional liberal arts subjects, such as philosophy, history, literature, and the sciences, to practical classes, in photography, foreign languages, health and wellness, business skills, travel and much more. The company has ongoing partnerships with venerable educational brands such as the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Mayo Clinic, The Culinary Institute of America, and others.

The Teaching Company has developed a catalog of over 700 courses comprising over 8,900 hours of content. The Great Courses are delivered to customers via digital streaming, DVD, and CD sales; through The Great Courses Plus, a digital video subscription platform that PC Magazine has called "Netflix for Learning", and other third party digital distribution vehicles, including Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Channels, Comcast Xfinity Video on Demand, Audible.com, Recorded Books, Kanopy, Hoopla, and more.

The Great Courses also has highly rated apps available across most major app platforms, including iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Amazon Alexa.

Since its establishment in 1990, The Teaching Company has sold more than 25 million courses and prominent and loyal customers of The Teaching Company include Bill Gates, Charles Schwab, and George Lucas, to name a few.

Position Description:

The Vice President & General Counsel is the chief legal officer for The Teaching Company d/b/a The Great Courses. In this capacity, the person will serve as General Counsel of the Company, the Chief Compliance Office, Vice President & Secretary of the Company's corporate entities, and a member of the Company's Leadership team. The position will have overall responsibility for all legal, regulatory, transactional, compliance and related activities of the Company, and will work closely with other members of senior management, company personnel, the Board of Directors and outside counsel.

Key Relationships:

Reports to: President and CEO

Supervises: Part-time Paralegal and Contracts Manager

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Sole in-house counsel responsible for day to day legal and transactional support:

  • Contracts, including partner, vendor, customer and production/talent agreements

  • Intellectual Property

  • Employment Law

  • Marketing, Advertising and Partnership support

  • Real Estate

  • Technology Transactions

  • Data Protection and Privacy

  • Insurance and Risk Management

  • International legal and regulatory matters

  • Tax support

  • Corporate Policy Development

  • M&A

  • Litigation and administrative claims

  • Customer Complaints

  • Corporate Governance and Board Secretary

  • Management of the Company's official corporate and Board files

  • Chief Compliance Officer and management of the Company's Ethics Hotline

  • Management of outside counsel as needed

  • Member of Company's Leadership Team

The ideal candidate experience for the Vice President & General Counsel at TTC will include:

  • BA, BS or other University Undergraduate Degree

  • JD

  • Active Bar Association Membership

  • 10+ years of legal practice experience, preferably with some in-house experience

  • Generalist legal background required, with emphasis on experience with commercial transactions and intellectual property

  • Working knowledge of corporate law, compliance and HR issues

  • Candidate should possess a collaborative work style, an ability to communicate legal and business issues and processes to all relevant stakeholders, and excellent communication and negotiating skills

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

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