Associate General Counsel
(Sponsored Research/Intellectual Property)

The George Washington University invites applications and resumes for the position of Associate General Counsel. The ideal candidate should possess a minimum of seven to ten years legal experience, preferably with four to five years experience in higher education and related fields. Strong academic record desired.

This position will report to the Senior Vice President and General Counsel and the Deputy General Counsel, and the primary emphasis will be on legal aspects of the university's sponsored research programs, including compliance with federal regulatory requirements, related audits, investigations, and litigation, as well as intellectual property and technology transfer matters.

The selected attorney will have independent responsibility for providing support to the university's research administrators and senior officials, and for recommending and working with outside counsel when needed. Key requirements for this position include experience in the management of:

  • Sponsored projects compliance, including administrative requirements, cost principles, audit requirements, special terms and conditions, federal contracts, and sponsor audits
  • Substantive research compliance areas, including human subjects research, animal care and use, research misconduct, and export controls
  • Conflicts of interest in the research context
  • Research-related agreements, such as sponsored research agreements, non-disclosure agreements, teaming agreements, research collaboration agreements, data use agreements, material transfer agreements, and sub-awards, including negotiations with sponsoring agencies
  • Procurement issues related to sponsored projects
  • Intellectual property and technology transfer and licensing matters, including familiarity with the negotiation and review of intellectual property terms in sponsored research
The selected attorney will also work with the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) on the following matters:
  • Development of legal templates
  • Corporate sponsored research, joint ventures, and strategic alliances
  • Start-ups, start-up equity, government commercialization funding
  • Conflicts of interest
The ideal candidate will also have experience in the following areas:
  • Privacy, including access to data protected by FERPA, HIPAA, and other legal requirements for research purposes, and protection of data collected in the course of performing research
  • Research-related appointments (e.g., research faculty, staff, postdoctoral, and graduate student appointments)
  • Familiarity with copyright law, including drafting and negotiating copyright licenses and assignment agreements, advising on fair use and other copyright law exceptions; understanding of copyright law issues with respect to the online environment, in particular the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and academic courses delivered online
  • Familiarity with trademark law, including trademark clearance and prior art searches and the ability to assist with trademark applications and renewals
The selected attorney will assist in supervising and delegating work responsibilities to junior attorneys and staff in the Office of the Senior Vice Present and General Counsel.
To ensure consideration, please attach a letter of interest, resume and list of references to your online application at Consideration of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until a candidate has been selected.

GW does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on any basis prohibited by federal law, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, or other applicable law, including without limitation, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. This policy covers all programs, services, policies and procedures of the University including admission to education programs and employment.

The university and OGC have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among staff and faculty. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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