Job Description:

The General Counsel & Corporate Secretary is responsible for the legal affairs of the entire organization as well as providing corporate governance support to the Board of Directors. The General Counsel must possess strong, well-rounded legal skills as well as excellent interpersonal communication, management, and leadership abilities, sound judgment, business acumen, and embrace a continuous improvement mindset  Above all, the General Counsel must have the ability to foster confidence and trust with the executive team, the Board, and internal clients at all levels within the organization, and a passion for the important work of public media and for protecting KQED’s trust, independence and service to the community.

The General Counsel will manage the Legal Department which currently includes the Deputy General Counsel, Senior Labor/Employment Counsel, and two paralegals. The General Counsel also collaborates with and advises, as needed, KQED’s in-house estate planning attorney who also supports planned giving and related legal needs for the organization. 

Salary range information will be provided to applicants who are contacted for an interview

KQED envisions a public media organization with a culture that centers on human dignity, equity, and belonging. This will enable us to better serve and reflect the Bay Area through diverse and inclusive storytelling. 

We value the contributions of marginalized people in society — including Black, Indigenous, and all people of color,  people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people — and we believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do, and we strongly encourage members of these communities to apply.

The mission that drives us:

KQED provide citizens of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.   We provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

This role will work hybrid between working in KQED's newly renovated headquarters and working remotely. KQED requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Duties to Include:

  • Developing and leading the corporate legal strategy, embracing opportunities while balancing risk and ensuring compliance with applicable legal and regulatory schemes.  
  • Operates as a trusted thought partner working closely with the CEO, the Executive Management Team, and KQED’s Board of Directors to contribute to business strategy, operations and innovation. 
  • Working across the business to provide deep legal expertise structuring transactions, initiatives, and partnerships while demonstrating a commitment to client service, practical business judgment and the ability to build strong, collaborative relationships both internally and externally.
  •  Providing sound yet practical legal counsel on legal and regulatory matters, dispute resolution, litigation, and risk management.
  • Ensuring that the organizational contract review process is effective, efficient and meets business needs.
  • Supporting and leading internal audits to ensure compliance with FCC and CPB regulations.
  • Building innovative legal processes and programs that focus on driving our organizational initiatives forward.
  • As Corporate Secretary, advising the Board on corporate governance matters, preparing and maintaining Board minutes, resolutions, policies and other corporate records.
  • Maintaining proper organizational interactions with general counsels throughout the public media system.
  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the CEO, other senior leaders, and Board leadership with broad leadership responsibility over all aspects of legal, governance, risk, and compliance matters in furtherance of the organization’s growth and strategic initiatives.
  • Participating in the formulation of general policy and crisis management as a member of the management team.
  • Identifying new tools and software to improve efficiency and service to the organization.
  • Developing and implementing legal education for employees.
  • Selecting and efficiently managing outside counsel as needed for litigation or expertise in specialized areas.
  • Providing support for company-wide major projects and initiatives.
  • Managing the legal department employees and budget.
  • Keeping abreast of legal developments affecting KQED’s business.  

Key Competencies and Abilities:

  • Strong business judgment, influence, leadership, and integrity are essential for this role.
  • Possess a high level of moral and ethical principles that will promote the value of a compliance culture throughout the organization.
  • Breadth of experience and proficiency in negotiating complex corporate transactions and resolving disputes.
  • Proven ability to effectively select, oversee and manage outside counsel to achieve identified business objectives and results.
  • Excellent ability to anticipate and mitigate risk.
  • Demonstrated ability to strike sensible and practical balance between legal risks and the need to do business.
  • Given the amount and variety of regulatory and corporate activity, the evolving culture as a result of continuous growth and transformation, and the lean staffing, the General Counsel will need to be very hands-on and responsive to a broad range of legal and non-legal activities that the organization requires.
  • Ability to effectively manage and develop legal staff.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, time management, and communication skills.
  • Ability to synthesize information, exercise sound judgment, make decisions, and render advice in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines and competing priorities.
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and prioritize workflow based on the organization’s priorities and strategic goals.
  • Ability to function as a team player, collaborating with colleagues, clients, and outside partners leaders to further the organization’s strategic objectives.
  • Ability to interact diplomatically and persuasively with KQED personnel at all levels.
  • Confidence to operate with autonomy and authority, but with excellent judgment as to when to seek advice or input from colleagues or external counsel.
  • Ability to understand the big picture appropriately balance legal, business and creative objectives.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 15 plus years of well-rounded law firm and/or in-house practice experience is required; a combination of law firm and in-house experience is preferred.
  • J.D. from an accredited US law school. 
  • Expertise in at least four of the following areas:  intellectual property (copyright and trademark); content licensing; privacy; commercial transactions; contracts; communications law, litigation; entertainment; media law; non-profit corporate law; regulatory compliance.
  • Experience in corporate governance matters, with prior corporate secretary experience strongly desired. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in advising senior executives in legal and business matters.
  • Experience developing and managing a team of legal professionals.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.  
  • Active member in good standing of the California Bar or the ability to become a member within one year of employment and/or willingness to register as in-house counsel in California if required.


Let us tell you more about our benefits:

Whether you’re single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family-friendly workplace offering paid time off, paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) plan. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition, we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership.

Job Location: 
San Francisco, CA
United States
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Full time
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