As the chief legal officer for CHEST, the General Counsel
provides or coordinates all legal services to the organization to
help CHEST achieve its nonprofit mission, embrace related business
opportunities, manage risk and ensure compliance with nonprofit,
corporate and tax laws. We are looking for a versatile lawyer with
superb oral and written communications skills, a commitment to
client service, solid business judgment and intellectual curiosity.
The General Counsel provides strategic consultation and support to
the Executive Vice President / Chief Executive Officer (EVP/CEO),
the CHEST Board of Regents, the CHEST Foundation and the CHEST
senior management team on a wide range of business, nonprofit and
legal issues. As a member of the CHEST Executive Leadership Team,
the General Counsel is viewed as an institutional leader.
Demonstrate a passion for crushing lung disease and embody CHEST
values: honor the team, lead with integrity, leverage passion,
cultivate innovation, and have serious fun.
Provide legal counsel and guidance to the EVP/CEO, Board of
Regents and senior management on all legal matters and business
strategies relevant to a modern, medical professional society.
Review, draft and negotiate all contracts on behalf CHEST, or
manage outside counsel to whom such tasks may be delegated where
highly specialized skills are required.
Research, review, interpret and prepare legal opinions for the
EVP/CEO, Board of Regents and senior management.
Lead (or assist) in drafting amendments to organizational
bylaws, policies and procedures.
Attend meetings of and provide guidance to CHEST Board of
Regents and CHEST Foundation directors. Preparing board meeting
agendas and minutes, and other materials related to corporate
Guide CHEST Human Resources staff in responding employment
matters, including conducting investigation of and response to
In consultation with the EVP/CEO, determine when to engage
external counsel, select that counsel, negotiate the terms of the
engagement and supervise the representation.
Qualifications Required Qualifications and Competencies
Juris Doctor from an accredited law school
Licensed to practice law in Illinois
Minimum six years of experience practicing law in the United
Substantial experience representing or providing legal services
to, or within, a complex organization
Substantial experience reviewing, drafting and negotiating a
wide range of commercial agreements, with an emphasis on agreements
related to technology and digital media. Preference will be given
to candidates who have experience with some or all of the following
types of agreements: technology licensing agreements, SaaS and
other cloud services agreements, content acquisition and
distribution agreements, sponsorship and/or ad agreements,
facilities and live event-related agreements, agreements governing
the distribution of content via digital platforms, agreements with
research and data analytics service providers, consulting services
agreements, non-disclosure agreements.
Experience guiding human resources staff in responding to
employment related claims and devising legal strategies
Experience with intellectual property law and practice,
including trademark, copyright and publishing law
Ability to manage multiple projects, set and adjust priorities,
work under pressure, and maintain composure and a sense of humor
while doing so
Demonstrated ability to effectively manage outside legal
Knowledge of the range of laws and regulations that impact
business activities and nonprofit operations
Ability to analyze and interpret issues and to prepare legal
Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
Desired Additional Qualifications
Substantial experience as legal counsel for tax-exempt
organizations, especially professional societies
Knowledge of health policy issues affecting the medical
Experience as an in-house attorney
Experience advising internal product teams on business and legal
issues at early stages of product development
Drafting comments for submittal in administrative agency
rulemaking (e.g. Dept. of Health and Human Services—Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services)
Position Type : Full-time with remote work possible. Depending
upon candidate’s qualifications, part-time may be considered.
This description was designed as a convenience to acquaint
candidates, employees and managers with the basic elements of the
position. The duties of this position are not limited to what is
contained in this description, and employees in this position may
be asked to perform various functions not listed. This description
is solely for the purpose of summarizing basic duties, and it is
not intended to be a contract or guarantee of employment or of any
specific terms or conditions of employment. This description may be
amended or eliminated from time to time as necessary for
operational or business reasons.