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Assistant or Associate General Counsel  


The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures furthers the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Welcoming visitors from Los Angeles and around the world, the Museum works in active partnership with motion picture artists and specialists, scholars, staff, and diverse communities to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema, inspiring discourse, connection, joy, and discovery.

Reporting to the COO and General Counsel you will provide general legal advice and support to the museum team on a range of matters, which may include general operations and administration, nonprofit governance, ethics, fundraising, sponsorship, acquisitions, employment, litigation, land use, insurance, intellectual property, and tax.


You Will:

  • Advise museum departments and leadership on all aspects of day-to-day legal, policy, and ethical issues.
  • Under the supervision of the COO and General Counsel, draft, review, and negotiate contracts covering the range of museum activities, including procuring goods and services, capital projects, special events, intellectual property and licensing, film and public programming, gifts, pledges, exhibitions, technology and software, publications, employment/human resources, development, tax, trusts and estates, and special projects.
  • Assess the legal risks involved in contracts, operations, and programming.
  • Work with COO and General Counsel and senior management in establishing, implementing, and updating museum policies and procedures to ensure they remain compliant with legal requirements and good governance practices.
  • Consult, coordinate with, and help supervise outside counsel as needed.


Position Requirements

You Have:

  • Juris Doctor degree from a US accredited law school.
  • California license to practice law or ability to become licensed in California.
  • 4+ years legal experience at a law firm or in-house.
  • Knowledge of legal principles, practices, and proceedings and of laws, regulations, and rules related to the institution.
  • Skill in legal research, writing, and analysis.
  • Experience using computers and applicable software.
  • Complex problem-solving experience using good judgment to identify the best course of action.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion.


Other Requirements:

  • If hired, we require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious accommodation is needed as determined on a case by case basis.


Our Benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision
  • PTO and Sick Time
  • 401(k)
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Assistant or Associate General Counsel  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Open Date 9/13/2021  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy is the world's preeminent movie related organization, comprised of 9,000+ accomplished individuals working in cinema. We recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences, inspire imagination, and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures.

EOE Statement The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is important to the Academy. The Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. Also, to help foster diversity, the Academy uses programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.  

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