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The Kennedy Center, Inc. Job Title
Assistant General Counsel

The Kennedy Center, Inc.

Job Description
The Assistant General Counsel I position is located in the Office of General Counsel (OGC), Office of the President, Kennedy Center. The purpose of this position is to provide professional legal advice and services to the General Counsel, appropriate Kennedy Center staff, and Kennedy Center departments and affiliates, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera and VSA on matters that require the utmost confidentiality and urgency. The Assistant General Counsel I will report directly to the General Counsel.

The OGC handles legal, policy, and regulatory matters for the Kennedy Center and is consulted generally on programming, operational, and organizational matters.

The Assistant General Counsel will support OGC in fulfilling its responsibilities through a broad range of legal, policy, and administrative activities requiring the application of expert legal knowledge and experience, and regular interaction with the General Counsel, other senior Kennedy Center management team officials, Kennedy Center staff and affiliates.

Duties & Responsibilities

LEGAL (80%)

Independently research, interpret, analyze, and develop expert legal advice, opinions and technical support, either in writing or orally, on a broad range of complex and/or precedential matters arising out of the Kennedy Center’s business. Written deliverables such as legal memoranda, emails, letters, briefs, presentations, etc. must be concise, thorough, propositional, and provide well-reasoned interpretations and recommendations.
Independently draft, review and negotiate all types of agreements, including domestic and international artist agreements, license agreements, corporate sponsorship agreements, donor agreements, independent contractor agreements, venue agreements, exhibition agreements, construction agreements, IT agreements, hotel agreements, bequests, commercial leases, partnership agreements, and other commercial agreements.
Assist United States Attorney’s Office in litigation involving Kennedy Center, respond to subpoenas, draft and review pleadings, and assist with or represent staff at depositions.
Subject matter expert for copyright and trademark matters, including filing copyright applications, managing royalty filings and working with outside trademark counsel.
Stay up-to-date and competent in all areas of law relating to entertainment industry and federal agency management.

POLICY (10%)

Provides expert guidance for Kennedy Center staff and affiliates on substantive, complex legal and policy issues related to the Kennedy Center’s activities based on in-depth research and consultation/coordination with appropriate staff and outside contacts as needed and with minimal supervision.
Serves on internal administrative committees as needed.


Proactively provides creative and innovative recommendations on administrative and organizational processes associated with the operational efficiency and effectiveness of OGC.
Ensures Kennedy Center compliance with a range of federal administrative law reporting requirements, following up as necessary.
Perform other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications

Minimum 7 years as a practicing attorney dealing with legal issues in related areas.
Admission to the District of Columbia bar and current membership in good standing.
Related legal experience with a non-profit or performing arts institution preferred.

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America's living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation's busiest arts facility. The Center, which opened on September 8, 1971, continues its efforts to fulfill President Kennedy's vision by producing and presenting an unmatched variety of theater and musicals, dance and ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, world, and folk music, and multimedia performances for all ages. We are the nation’s beacon for the performing arts, engaging artists and audiences around the world to share, inspire, and celebrate the cultural heritage by which a great society is defined and remembered.

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