POSITION

General Counsel & Secretary

DEPARTMENT

Legal

OVERVIEW

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of Lincoln Center.

A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours and educational activities annually, LCPA offers a multitude of series, festivals and programs, including American Songbook, Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Martin E. Segal Awards, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS.

As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the School of American Ballet, as well as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

With 30 indoor and outdoor performance venues, Lincoln Center welcomes annually five million people to the 16-acre campus, sells some 3.2 million tickets and generates more than $3.4 billion for the New York economy. More than one million students annually participate in education activities related to Lincoln Center. In addition, Lincoln Center has been the setting for high-profile corporate and media events as well as film and television premieres.

LCPA’s General Counsel & Secretary will serve as the principal legal officer for LCPA, with overall responsibility for the leadership of its legal function and good governance. Reporting to the Acting President and in close partnership with the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, the General Counsel & Secretary will provide legal advice and counsel to the Acting President, Senior Management, Board of Directors, staff, and other members of the LCPA community on a broad range of legal matters. The General Counsel will be a fundamental part of the senior leadership team at LCPA and will play an integral role in critical decision-making processes. The General Counsel will be involved in the administration and management of a complex, multifaceted organization. The General Counsel will be responsible for leading the diversified legal needs of a multi-faceted organization encompassing artistic, educational, financial, administrative, and premises-related legal issues.

Experience: The ideal candidate will have demonstrated broad experience handling matters in a number of the following areas: commercial contracts, transactions and financings, nonprofit law and governance, tax, construction and real estate law, licensing, compliance, governance, pre-litigation and litigation counseling/management, privacy and data privacy, intellectual property, human resources, labor and employment law, municipal law, and insurance law.


Specific Duties:

• Provides thought partnership as the principal legal counsel to the organization on all legal questions and issues that affect the facilities and operations of LCPA, its presentation of superb artistic and educational programs, and forthcoming capital projects and Campaign.
• Directs and coordinates all legal matters, with oversight by the Board of Directors Legal Committee.
• Manages the activities of the Legal Department, comprised of four attorneys plus administrative staff, with the ability to directly handle legal work while providing direction to and oversight to others.
• Builds relationships with programmers, educators, facility managers, administrators, fundraisers and others across LCPA, as well as with legal representatives for the ten resident organizations at Lincoln Center, other cultural institutions, and the City of New York.
• Directs, supervises, coordinates and reviews the activities of a small, excellent, diverse team of legal and archives professionals; issues and implements office policies, procedures, and guidelines; prepares and frequently updates form agreements; provides educational seminars and outreach for non-legal staff on developments in the law; prepares and oversees the office budget in compliance
with LCPA’s financial management policies and practices.
• Stewards the Lincoln Center Counsels’ Council, a team of 25+ senior partners at major law firms and GCs of Fortune 500 companies providing $1-2m per year of legal and strategic advice on a pro bono basis by preparing assignments for their consideration, timely providing materials and implementing advice and guidance; overseeing up to two dozen pro bono legal projects supervised by Council members and carried out by summer associates at their firms each summer.
• Determines when matters require assistance from paid outside counsel; selects, supervises, and manages relationships with outside counsel.
• As corporate secretary, coordinate with the Office of the President and other members of the senior team to prepare agendas and meeting materials, oversee preparation and distribution of all board and committee meeting resolutions and minutes. Maintains the corporate records of the organization.
• Together with the Chief Financial Officer and the Audit Committee of the Board, anticipates issues and risks, sharing pertinent information and offering perspectives and advice. In conjunction with the Associate General Counsel, reviews insurance coverages, participates in annual claims reviews, meetings with underwriters, and loss control exercises.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

• JD degree; admitted to practice in NY with 10+ years of proven experience.
• Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills.
• Resourceful and results oriented, politically savvy, with the ability to change directions and make tough calls or compromise as necessary; adept at planning, prioritizing, organizing and following through.
• Ability to communicate and relate legal issues to non-legal staff.
• Excellent judgment and analytical skills.
• A dedicated and self-motivated executive who can take charge, work cross-functionally and affect change; decisive, resourceful and responsive; a skilled yet fair negotiator; someone who can impart credibility, integrity and enthusiasm.
• Extensive experience working in the nonprofit sector.
• Appreciation for the arts a plus.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE

Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: [email protected]

Please note “General Counsel & Secretary” in the subject line.

Internal Candidates should contact a member of the Human Resources Department directly.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment, and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. LCPA is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.