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Senior Corporate Counsel

Legal | San Francisco, Ca | Full Time

Job Description

About Us

At the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, we imagine a world where cancer is curable. We are making this a reality by transforming the way research is done. We bring together the top minds in cancer immunotherapy. We fund the boldest ideas that will lead to breakthrough discoveries. And we give our researchers the most innovative tools and resources to fuel their work. A not-for-profit organization, our goal is to accelerate the development of breakthrough immune therapies to turn cancer into a curable disease.

At the Parker Institute, you’ll be welcomed into a mission-driven family of smart, motivated colleagues. You’ll work on projects that make an impact for cancer patients, advise on Institute’s philanthropic investments  and have a front row seat to innovations in cancer research.

Help create a world that is cancer-free. Join us.

 Overview of the Role

The Senior Corporate Counsel will work closely with members of the Legal team and other PICI employees to provide legal services, including to review and negotiate the terms of various agreements including clinical and collaboration agreements, and to advise senior management and Board members on corporate law rules that apply to the Institute’s charitable and investment activities.  Responsible for taking the legal lead for corporate partnering, licensing, equity investments and other commercial transactions specific to like science companies.

 Reporting Structure and Team

The Senior Corporate Counsel reports to the Chief Legal Counsel and Vice President, Strategic Alliances and is a key member of the Legal team.

 FLSA Status: Exempt

 Essential Job Functions

  • Perform a wide variety of legal services including reviewing, preparing and negotiating agreements with Affiliated Research Institutions, commercial vendors and non-profit/for-profit collaborators, with an emphasis on supporting the organization’s clinical research activities.
  • Counsel management and the Board on the legal rules that apply to the Institute’s philanthropic activities and investments at the federal and state levels, with a particular emphasis on the laws governing public charities, including medical research organizations, and program and mission related investments.
  • Negotiating, structuring, and documenting a variety of transactions including equity investments, partnering and IP licensing.   
  • Work with the Chief Legal Counsel to provide advice about all aspects of corporate governance, including acting as a liaison to the Board, advising on agendas and bylaws, drafting resolutions and consents, ensuring appropriate documentation regarding executive compensation, and implementing systems to track and organize conflict of interest and other disclosures.     
  • Work closely with the business development and clinical/research operations teams to support the organization’s business objectives, optimize contract terms, minimize risk, and provide general legal guidance. 

 Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

 Minimum Qualifications

  • JD from an accredited law school and bar membership, with a minimum of 5 years of relevant legal experience.
  • At least 5 years of experience in drafting and negotiating corporate partnering and licensing, equity investments and other commercial transactions specific to life science companies.  
  • Should have excellent drafting, writing and analytical skills, strong attention to detail, organizational, verbal interpersonal and project management skills.
  • A license to practice law in California is preferred. If not admitted in California, candidate must be eligible to register as In-House Counsel with the State Bar of California.
  • Sufficient experience in laws affecting clinical research, with substantial experience negotiating contracts with research institutes, academic medical centers, biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies, including primary and independent responsibility for drafting and negotiating complex contracts and interacting with internal stakeholders. Experience preferably includes reviewing, drafting, and negotiating clinical research-related agreements.
  • Subject matter expertise with laws applicable to public charities, philanthropic investments, and fund/asset management experience is preferred.

Required Competencies

  • Excellent communication skills and credibility to effectively interact and influence management at all levels.
  • Strong client relations and project management skills, with the ability to balance competing priorities and demands in a fast-paced environment and work successfully both independently and within a team.