Counsel in Washington, DC

$100K - $150K(Ladders Estimates)

NPR   •  

Washington, DC 20001

Industry: Media


5 - 7 years

Posted 41 days ago


A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, cultural, and music programming in collaboration with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. NPR listeners value information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility – our employees do too. We are innovators and leaders in diverse fields, from journalism, digital media, and information technology to development, finance, and law. Every day, our employees touch the lives of millions worldwide.

Summary of Role / Responsibilities

NPR seeks an attorney with 4 to 8 years of experience supporting FCC regulatory advocacy and compliance; reviewing, drafting, and negotiating commercial contracts; and assisting with day-to-day corporate governance. The successful candidate will support internal clients focused on public policy advocacy, news and programming content creation and distribution, and corporate sponsorship.

The lawyer who joins our team will help a mission-driven organization embrace business opportunities while managing risk and ensuring compliance with NPR's legal obligations. We are looking for a self-starter with superb oral and written communications skills, a commitment to client service, solid business judgment, and intellectual curiosity, as well as a team player willing to pitch in as needed. An ability to lead and manage multiple projects, set and adjust priorities, work under pressure, and maintain composure and a sense of humor while doing so are musts.

Core duties include:

  • Supporting regulatory and legislative advocacy and compliance, including by analyzing regulatory and legislative proposals, preparing internal memoranda, developing strategic options, and drafting agency comments and administrative pleadings, proposed statutory language, and legislative report language, with a primary focus on federal communications law;
  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating commercial contracts; and
  • Preparing board meeting agendas, minutes, resolutions, and other materials, and providing advice on corporate governance matters;

Depending on the experience of the successful candidate, responsibilities may also include:

  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating inbound and outbound copyright licensing agreements, technology licensing agreements, facilities and live event-related agreements, agreements governing the distribution of content via satellite or over digital platforms, consulting and personal services agreements, and the like;
  • Advising legal and business colleagues on a broad range of subjects, including nonprofit tax law, charitable fundraising, copyright law, rights clearance and fair use, traditional and digital media law, communications law, and privacy and data security law


  • At least 4 years of relevant experience
  • Bar membership in good standing in the District of Columbia, or eligibility to waive into the DC Bar
  • Experience with regulatory and legislative advocacy efforts, including drafting agency comments, is required
  • Experience drafting, reviewing, and negotiating agreements is required
  • Familiarity with media and copyright law is highly desirable
  • Experience representing tax-exempt organizations is a plus

Valid Through: 2019-11-1