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General Counsel, Koniag, Inc. 

EOE StatementWe are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Req Number KI17-0006  
Category Legal  
Division Koniag, Inc.  
Location KI Anchorage  

Job Summary:

The role of General Counsel reports to the President of Koniag, Inc. The accountability of General Counsel will be leading corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives. The Corporation is positioned for strategic growth in various industries including information technology services in the commercial and government markets, natural resource development, and energy and water. This role is integral to support this growth. The incumbent will be responsible for providing senior management and internal business clients with effective legal advice on company strategies and their implementation, implementing appropriate corporate governance measures throughout the parent company and its subsidiaries, managing the legal function, acting as the Chief Compliance Officer, obtaining and overseeing the work of outside counsel, and Information Technology department.

Essential Functions include, but are not limited to: (Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.)

  • Participate in the definition and development of corporate policies, procedures and programs and provide continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters.

  • Advise, as needed, on business agreements and contracts.

  • Judge the merits of litigation filed against or on behalf of the company, work with the appropriate executive(s) to define strategic defense and approve settlements of disputes where warranted.

  • Take necessary measures to ensure that the Corporation conducts its business in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and work with the appropriate regulatory agencies in conducting that accountability.

  • Act as the Corporation’s Chief Compliance Officer, as well as Privacy and Security Officer.

  • Manage the legal function. Select, retain, manage and evaluate external counsel.

  • Lead the risk management function; identify risks and develop strategies for preventing and minimizing the impact of losses. Create and engage leadership to identify, analyze and mitigate risks and further develop risk policies and procedures. Manage the property/casualty insurance programs; negotiate scope and limits of coverage and deductibles. Coordinate, direct and monitor loss prevention programs.

  • Oversee the IT function for the parent company, including information governance practices and security measures.

  • Accountable for overseeing contract compliance and implementing best practices for this function.

  • Provide advice on all legal aspects of the Corporation’s financing including assessing and advising on current and future business structures and legal entities.

  • Advise and implement best practices in corporate governance for the Board of Directors and subsidiary entities.

Position Requirements



  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and member in good standing of the Alaska State Bar.

  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience working as an attorney directly with areas relating to the duties and responsibilities relevant to this position. In-house counsel experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Ability:

  • Preference for work experience with a national legal firm and experience with Alaska Native Corporations.

  • Demonstrated successful collaboration with Board of Directors and all stakeholders of the organization.

  • Mature leadership, seasoned judgment, high integrity and the ability to learn quickly. Ability to quickly gain credibility and to understand and influence the organization. Confident with strong interpersonal skills. Ability to develop and manage productive relationships at all levels, establish trust and provide counsel to staff in a thoughtful, sensitive and timely manner.

  • Experience with unique Native Corporation issues including lands, shareholder estates, corporate governance, and the regulatory scheme governing Native Corporations.

  • Strong analytical, logical and problem-solving skills.

  • Strong interpersonal communication and relationship.Excellent verbal and written communication skills that deliver technical/legal language in understandable terms.

  • Ability to set and adjust multiple priorities.Ability to organize time and identify resources for individual and group projects and utilize project management skills to the highest degree.

  • Track record of mastering negotiations, creating and managing contracts and managing third party performance using service level agreements.

  • Practical experience working closely with information technology department and implementing information governance protocols, including privacy and information security measures.

  • Experience managing legal department budgets and administrative matters.

  • Microsoft Office proficiency.

  • Manual dexterity to operate computer keyboard and standard office equipment.

  • Ability to work in excess of a 40-hour week if necessary.
  • Ability to sit and review information on a computer screen for long periods of time (up to 10 hours a day with lunch and breaks).
  • Must be able to withstand repetitive motion up to 10 hours a day with lunch and breaks.

Working Environment & Conditions

This position is primarily indoors, consistent with a standard office position and has a noise level of mostly low to moderate. The incumbent is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. The work load may require the incumbent to sit for extended periods of time. The incumbent must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Travel Requirements This position is located in our Anchorage Alaska office. Occasional to frequent travel to other local and out of state business sites, conferences and meetings is required.  
Security Clearance None.  
About our Company Koniag, Inc. is one of 13 regional Alaska Native corporations established by Congress in 1971 under the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). ANCSA settled the aboriginal land claims of Alaska Native people by conveying land and seed capital to Native for-profit corporations representing various geographic regions of the state. Koniag's original share of the ANCSA settlement was $23 million, 800 acres of land and the subsurface estate of approximately 900,000 acres. We were incorporated on June 23, 1972, to manage the land and financial assets on behalf of the corporation's approximately 3,800 Alutiiq Shareholders who originated from the Kodiak Archipelago. The Corporation's headquarters is located in Kodiak, Alaska with an office in Anchorage, Alaska. Koniag's approach to business has evolved to meet new challenges, expanding opportunities and the needs of its Shareholders. The corporation's investments range from real estate holdings, resource development and business operations that include oversight of over a dozen subsidiaries. The Koniag Board of Directors is dedicated to preserving our culture and land for future generations by keeping our businesses profitable to provide benefits such as dividends, education/employment opportunities, and a source for cultural information to current and future Shareholders.  

Our Equal Opportunity Policy Koniag, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Shareholder Preference in accordance with Public Law 88-352.  

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