General Counsel

Charlottesville, VA

General Counsel - ( 2300039E )


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Your Opportunity

Stantec GS is the government services-focused subsidiary of Stantec Inc., a world-class, publicly traded engineering services firm with global reach. We are seeking a talented and experienced General Counsel to join our team. The ideal candidate will be a proactive business partner with experience in solving problems, managing legal affairs, ensuring compliance, and providing strategic legal advice to management. As our General Counsel, you will be responsible for managing our legal risks and ensuring we are operating within all applicable laws and regulations. Applicant must be a US citizen. This position is located in our Charlottesville, Virginia office. There is flexibility to be located in other Stantec GS offices or work from home for portions of the work week.

Your Key Responsibilities

  • Provide legal counsel and guidance on all legal maters, particularly on maters related to federal government contracting, to ensure the organization's legal compliance.

  • Review, negotiate, and draft a wide range of agreements, including government contracts, employment, licensing, subcontracting, and joint venture agreements.

  • Manage litigation and other legal disputes, working closely with external counsel as necessary.

  • Advise on FOCI mitigation plans and procedures; work with Parent company legal and other management staff to ensure compliance while maintaining and supporting business efficiency.

  • Guide and ensure the organization’s intellectual property rights.

  • Partner with senior corporate leadership to deliver strategic counsel on potential legal implications of proposed policies and actions, ensuring legal risks have been identified, and appropriate courses of action have been taken.

  • Research, develop and recommend company policy and position on legal issues.

  • Act as Corporate Secretary for Stantec GS; act as Recording Secretary for multiple joint ventures.

  • Lead a small team of contracting, compliance, subcontracting, and industrial security professionals.

  • Work with business and operational teams to develop business-oriented compliance strategies that respond to emerging business, legal, or compliance needs.

  • Run risk mitigation process for high risk and international business pursuits, including those entered by Stantec GS GmbH, our wholly owned subsidiary in Germany.


Your Capabilities and Credentials

  • Deep knowledge and/or experience with the government as a client, including FAR, DFARS, and other government acquisition regulations.

  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the legal framework of FOCI mitigated companies, including a strong understanding of the NISPOM, CFIUS regulations, and ITAR/EAR.

  • Exceptional analytical skills; able to create legal defensive or proactive strategies.

  • Excellent negotiation skills; litigation experience is a plus.

  • Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by successful experience managing legal and/or contracting and compliance teams.

  • Skilled and experienced in written and oral communications, including analytical and persuasive writing and policy development, publication credit or other formal recognition a plus.

  • High degree of professional ethics, integrity, and gravitas.

Education and Experience

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from a well-regarded, ABA accredited law school. Strong preference given to candidates with excellent academic credentials from a top law school.

  • Licensed to practice law in a US jurisdiction, with strong preference given to Virginia licensure.

  • An active security clearance or ability to get one.

  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant legal experience.

  • Experience in government contracting, national security, and/or corporate law, preferably within the defense, engineering services, or related industry.

  • Experience developing and delivering training to a wide range of professionals on regulatory and compliance topics.

This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice.

Stantec is a place where the best and brightest come to build on each other's talents, do exciting work, and make an impact on the world around us. Join us and redefine your personal best.

Benefits Summary: Regular full-time and part-time employees have access to medical, dental, and vision plans, a wellness program, health saving accounts, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan, employee stock purchase program, life and accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, short-term/long-term disability plans, emergency travel benefits, tuition reimbursement, professional membership fee coverage and paid family leave. Regular full-time and part-time employees will receive ten paid holidays in each calendar year. In addition, employees will be eligible to accrue vacation between 10 and 20 days per year and eligible for paid sick leave (and if more generous, in accordance with state and local law).

Temporary/casual employees have access to 401(k) plans, employee stock purchase program, and paid leave, in accordance with state and local law.

The benefits information listed above may not apply to union positions because benefits for such positions are governed by applicable collective bargaining agreements.

Primary Location : United States-Virginia-Charlottesville

Organization : BC-2374 EnvSvcs-US Government Services

Employee Status : Regular

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Travel : No

Schedule : Full-time

Job Posting : Aug 10, 2023, 11:43:20 AM

Req ID: 2300039E

Stantec provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for future and current employment and prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We prohibit discrimination in decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, referral, promotion, compensation, fringe benefits, job training, terminations or any other condition of employment. Stantec is in compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations and ensures equitable opportunities in all aspects of employment. EEO including Disability/Protected Veterans

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