Full Time Job

Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel


Washington, DC 09-25-2020
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Executive (10+ years) Experience
Job Description


Across our organization, we’re building a workplace where collaboration is essential, diverse voices are heard, and inclusion is the key to our success.

We seek leaders who have shown a demonstrated commitment to and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This is an amazing opportunity for a motivated and impact-driven leader to join a dynamic, mission-driven public media organization and serve as General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer. This role leads a team of experienced lawyers, paralegals and other professionals to help NPR navigate a complex media landscape, solve problems, and fulfill our mission to create a more informed public.

• Represent NPR as our chief legal officer;
• Develop and lead corporate legal strategy consistent with NPR’s mission and culture;
• Serve as a key member of the CEO’s executive team;
• Lead a sophisticated in-house legal team of approximately [20] attorneys, paralegals and other professionals
• Advise on all legal needs of NPR, including a variety of tax, governance, media law, intellectual property, litigation, labor, employment, and other regulatory and legal matters;
• Advise senior management on NPR’s compliance with all laws, regulations, and rules applicable to NPR, identifying issues, options, risks and creative solutions;
• Oversee significant business transactions and contract negotiations;
• Advise on material legal and business risks, including risks to NPR’s reputation and legal and financial condition, including as a tax-exempt organization;
• Develop operational efficiencies in providing effective legal support to NPR’s programs, operations, and activities;
• Oversee the drafting, preparation and approval of all materials related to the formal functioning of the NPR Board of Directors including resolutions, reports and minutes;
• Serve as chief ethics officer of the organization;
• Work closely with other departments and across the executive team, providing practical, thoughtful, and timely legal advice.


EDUCATION: Degree from an accredited law school and membership in the District of Columbia or the Bar of the highest court of a state and eligible to be admitted to the D.C. Bar upon motion.

Minimum of 15 years of legal experience, ideally with senior in-house counsel experience in a complex media organization advising on a variety of legal issues, transactions and contracts.

• Demonstrated ability to bring a sophisticated business perspective to complex media industry issues, with a cross-functional ethos and roll-up-the-sleeves attitude.
• Highest level of integrity and commitment to our public service mission.
• Decisive practitioner who is adept at making decisions, exercising business judgment, advising on risk, and explaining complex legal issues in a straightforward manner.
• Strong leader and persuasive communicator with ability to motivate and inspire a team.
• Successful track record of leading and managing a diverse group of accomplished attorneys and other legal professionals.
• Significant executive experience, stature, and overall credibility as a senior lawyer and trusted business advisor; able to communicate and synthesize complex issues crisply, clearly and convincingly.
• Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion

Company Profile

NPR is an independent, nonprofit media organization that was founded on a mission to create a more informed public. Every day, NPR connects with millions of Americans on the air, online, and in person to explore the news, ideas, and what it means to be human.