Vice President, Deputy General Counsel

Legal / Contracts New York, New York


SUMMARY:

Hachette Book Group is seeking a VP, Deputy General Counsel to work closely with the General Counsel in offering broad legal support, as needed, and managing legal functions and day-to-day operations. The Deputy General Counsel will provide leadership and operational oversight for publishing matters and will handle a range of commercial transactions. This is a hands-on position for someone who will serve as a trusted business partner, providing strategic, creative and problem-solving advice for staff at all levels of the company. This attorney will be joining a legal team based in New York and supporting multiple offices and all aspects of company business.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Media and Intellectual Property: As primary counsel for at least one major publishing division, provide support for all pre-publication matters and claims, and advise on libel, trademark, copyright, privacy and related issues. Assist General Counsel is creating and maintaining legal resource materials, guidelines and processes for publishing units.
  • Commercial agreements: Negotiate and draft content distribution agreements across all media, sales agreements, outbound licensing agreements, software/IT services agreements, advertising and marketing agreements, and other day-to-day operations agreements. Create and maintain templates and contract review guidelines and processes.
  • Corporate counseling and transactions: Assist General Counsel in advising Sales and publishing operations groups. Provide M&A due diligence and transaction support.
  • Employment: Assist with HR matters including counseling on applicable federal and state laws, assisting with development and maintenance of policies and best practices, and management of claims as they arise with the aid of outside counsel, as appropriate.
  • Litigation: Manage litigation matters as they arise with the aid of outside counsel.
  • Miscellaneous: Work closely with the General Counsel on all legal matters impacting the company including industry trade association matters, antitrust and regulatory compliance (i.e., CPSIA, data privacy), bankruptcy, risk management, and other legal operations or organizational issues.

 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • J.D. with strong academic credentials and admitted to the New York Bar.
  • At least 10+ years of relevant legal experience, preferably a combination of in-house experience at a media company and foundational training at a law firm.
  • Broad-based legal experience and familiarity with a diverse range of issues necessary for a Deputy GC.
  • Successful track record in negotiating contracts and resolving issues or claims. Experience handling employment, M&A, antitrust compliance and/or digital content distribution matters a plus.
  • Intellectually agile and able to quickly understand essential aspects of complex legal/business issues, quickly formulate solutions and action plans, and clearly articulate, communicate and execute against these plans.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Ability to articulate legal positions and strategies concisely and quickly
  • Ability to work collaboratively with clients at all levels of the organization, in a hands-on and fast-paced work environment. Enjoy working in a small team, being proactive and rolling up sleeves.

    As a leading book publisher, we believe that including and representing diverse voices in all aspects of our business is fundamental to what we do. Our staff and our publishing programs must reflect the broad range of backgrounds, experiences, and ideas that shape our society. We are committed to working together and with all our partners to foster diversity and a culture of inclusion, so that HBG can provide a truly welcoming and fulfilling environment for all employees and publish books that appeal to all readers.

    Hachette Book Group provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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