The Los Angeles County Museum of Art seeks an Assistant Counsel or Associate Counsel to work with and under the direction of the General Counsel. This position will enable the legal department to manage the full range of the Museum's legal, policy, and ethical needs and to support its operations and programming. This position is also expected to provide direct counsel to staff in all departments as needed or assigned, and is responsible for identifying and analyzing legal issues, drafting and negotiating a wide range of contracts and other documents, presenting clear written or oral recommendations, and assuring legal and ethical compliance across all of the Museum’s activities.
Advises on all aspects of day-to-day legal, policy, and ethical issues for the museum
Under the supervision and direction of the General Counsel, drafts, reviews, provides legal advice, and, if needed, negotiates agreements in collaboration with the business managers in a wide variety of areas, including: public programming, special events, intellectual property and licensing, tax, compliance with internal policies and procedures, acquisitions, gifts, pledges, exhibitions, new initiatives, technology and software, publishing, real estate, employment /human resources, consulting, communications and marketing, social media, risk management and insurance, development, security, and facility maintenance
When directed by General Counsel, advises, participates in, and provides legal support for claims and other litigation-related issues, including mediation and arbitrations, investigations, discovery, and document production
Consults, coordinates with, and helps supervise outside counsel, as needed
Works with General Counsel and senior management in establishing, implementing, and updating museum policies and procedures to ensure they remain compliant with legal requirements and good governance practices
Assists with the review of financial statements and informational tax returns for compliance with applicable state and federal legal requirements
Participates as needed in advocacy on policy matters, community and government relations, which may include cooperation with other museums and museum associations
Maintains regular and reliable attendance (when working remotely during the pandemic closure and then in-person when the Museum’s offices re-open)
Juris Doctor degree from a US accredited law school, with excellent academic credentials, and at least 3 years of experience
California license to practice law, or ability to become licensed in California
Knowledge of local, state, and federal law governing the Office of General Counsel’s primary areas of practice, including: contracts, torts, tax, finance, employment, property, civil procedure, nonprofit governance, intellectual property, and cultural property
Excellent analytical, drafting, negotiation, research, and oral and written communication skills, as well as the ability to work collaboratively, as part of a small legal team, and with colleagues outside of the legal department and external stakeholders, including outside counsel
Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meeting deadlines with high-quality deliverables
Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to clearly explain complex matters
Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external teams
Ability to demonstrate good judgment consistently in day-to-day work, carefully assessing multiple variables and balancing competing needs and legal and business perspectives when providing counsel
Ability to demonstrate high ethical standards consistently in all aspects of the work, is a role model of behavior, protects confidentiality, and is reliable and trustworthy
Title and salary commensurate with relevant and substantive expertise in any of the primary areas of practice.
Internal Number: 1560
About Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Located on the Pacific Rim, LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of more than 142,000 objects that illuminate 6,000 years of artistic expression across the globe. Committed to showcasing a multitude of art histories, LACMA exhibits and interprets works of art from new and unexpected points of view that are informed by the region’s rich cultural heritage and diverse population. LACMA’s spirit of experimentation is reflected in its work with artists, technologists, and thought leaders as well as in its regional, national, and global partnerships to share collections and programs, create pioneering initiatives, and engage new audiences.
LACMA’s mission is to serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition, and interpretation of significant works of art from a broad range of cultures and historical periods, and through the translation of these collections into meaningful educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the widest array of audiences.
LACMA has its roots in the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art, established in 1910 in Exposition Park. In 1961, the Los Angeles County Museum ...of Art became a separate, art-focused institution. LACMA opened its new Wilshire Boulevard location to the public in 1965, with the permanent collection in the Ahmanson Building, special exhibitions in the Hammer Building, and the 600-seat Bing Theater for public programs.
In the ensuing decades, both the campus and the collection grew considerably. The Anderson Building (renamed the Art of the Americas building in 2007) opened in 1986 to house modern and contemporary art. The Bruce Goff-designed Pavilion for Japanese Art opened in 1988 at the east end of campus. In 1994, the museum acquired the May Company department store building at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, which is now home to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, slated to open in 2021.
Since 2007, the museum has doubled its exhibition program, audience, and its campus, and has operated a satellite gallery at Charles White Elementary School in MacArthur Park, where LACMA presents museum-caliber exhibitions and programs in partnership with the school and surrounding communities.
In recent years, LACMA has committed to expanding, upgrading, and unifying the museum’s 20-acre campus through the addition of new buildings, including the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) (2008) and the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion (2010), as well as monumental public artworks and open-air gathering places for the community. Now, LACMA is focusing on replacing four aging buildings on the east campus with a new home for the permanent collection.