Head of Legal

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 02/18/18
5 - 7 years experience
Market Research
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 02/18/18

Head of Legal

at littleBits (View all jobs)New York, NY

We design. We build. We code. We think. We craft. We engineer. We teach. We learn. We invent.

At littleBits, we’re on a mission to democratize hardware by empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small, with our platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks. And we believe this mission starts with you. When you join the team, you’ll enter a workspace that encourages innovation, creative expression, teamwork and transparency. We also encourage spontaneous sing-a-longs, furry friends, roaming robots, and lots of laughs. If you are genuinely excited about our mission, and about working with a smart, dedicated and talented group of inventors, artists, and doers, we want you on our team!

The Head of Legal is responsible for leading corporate legal initiatives by providing senior management with effective advice on company strategies and implementation, managing the legal function, and overseeing the work of outside counsel. The Director, In-house Counsel is directly involved in complex business transactions, negotiating critical contracts, and interfacing with outside IP counsel toexpedite patent and trademark filings.

WHAT YOU’LL DO AS HEAD OF LEGAL:

  • Manage the company’s internal legal function
  • Participate in the definition and development of corporate policies, procedures and programs and provide continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and legal implications of all matters
  • Oversee various strategies and aspects of the company’s intellectual property protection
  • Negotiate commercial transactions on behalf of the company
  • Have working knowledge of employment laws
  • Assume ultimate responsibility for ensuring the company conducts its business in compliance with applicable international, federal and state laws and regulations
  • In collaboration with senior management, oversee the selection, retention, management and evaluation of all outside counsel
  • Advise on legal aspects of the company’s financial structure, including the assessment of current and future requirements

THE SKILLS/EXPERIENCE YOU’LL NEED TO BE HEAD OF LEGAL:

  • Minimum five years of experience in a prominent U.S. law firm and preferably an additional 3+ years in-house at a venture-backed company
  • Experience working on matters of corporate governance and with a board of directors
  • Experience with cost-effective management of outside legal resources
  • Broad knowledge of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark and copyright law and intellectual property licensing matters
  • Experience in directing intellectual property strategy
  • Experience drafting and negotiating various commercial agreements, including customer contracts, supply, manufacturing and distribution agreements

THE PERKS YOU’LL ENJOY AS HEAD OF LEGAL:

  • Being part of an awesome team that keeps playful inventing at the heart of all we do
  • Sweeping views of the Hudson, a tricked-out office and fully stocked kitchen.  We're listed as one of the top 11 office spaces in the US:  http://notable.ca/design-love-11-of-the-best-office-spaces-in-the-united-states/
  • All the oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, microscopes, microchips, soldering irons, laser cutters, 3D printers, craft supplies and googly eyes you could ever want
  • Benefits including medical, dental, vision, commuter checks, FSA, paid family leave and 401(K) with an abbreviated waiting period
  • Stock options that go along with a high-growth, well-funded startup
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous vacation policy
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