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Assistant General Counsel

About Us: The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is the largest and most interactive science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) exposes guests of all ages to awe-inspiring exhibitions that spark curiosity and bring science to life. MSI’s mission – to inspire the inventive genius in everyone – is realized through its world-class exhibitions and engaging guest experiences. The Museum of Science and Industry provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of students and teachers in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.


We offer a creative, collaborative, and innovative environment for our employees. Our employees get great perks such as: benefits starting day one of your employment, free admission to MSI for family and friends, free admission to other museums, free parking in MSI’s garage and more! If you are equally passionate about our vision and want to be surrounded by a team of dynamic, smart and innovative people, the Museum of Science and Industry is the right place for you!


The Job: Reports to the General Counsel as the Museum’s second in-house lawyer, the Assistant General Counsel will be responsible for all transactional matters for the Museum, including drafting and negotiating a variety of contracts, advise on general legislative compliance and contract interpretation matters, and developing and updating Museum policies and procedures.



  • Draft, review and negotiate agreements in a variety of areas, including, but not limited to, construction, architectural design, exhibit fabrication, consulting, exhibit rental (incoming and outgoing), SaaS and other IT related projects, on-site filming, corporate sponsorship, donation/pledges, marketing trade, image and footage licensing (incoming and outgoing), event rental, federal and foundation grants, non-disclosure agreements, and contest rules and conditions.
  • Provide legal support to departments throughout the Museum, including by assisting in structuring initiatives and projects, reviewing and drafting policies and agreements, identifying and help mitigate intellectual property, tax, safety (guest, staff and building) and other legal risks, and ensuring compliance with internal policies and procedures.
  • Provide legal support on copyright (both from the perspective of copyright owner and user of copyrighted works such as fair use), trademarks and other intellectual property matters, in particular within the areas of marketing and advertising.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of Museum operations and use this knowledge in providing guidance and counsel to internal clients.  Establish and develop strong relationships with various departments within the organization.
  • Assist in designing, drafting, implementing, and monitoring compliance with various Museum policies, including those relating to procurement, accessibility, conflicts of interest, employee and human resources matter, claims reporting, as well as compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and the ethical guidelines of the museum community.
  • Advise on matters relating to conflicts of interest and governance.
  • Support the General Counsel in the application of a broad range of local, state and federal laws and regulations including but not limited to tax, intellectual property, employment, benefits and cultural property rights.
  • Provide legal support for litigation, disputes and audit and assist in identifying legal risks to the Museum and recommending appropriate remedies.
  • Provides other legal assistance as required.

Qualifications/ Education:

  • Juris Doctorate (J. D.) degree from an accredited institution
  • Admitted to practice law in State of Illinois
  • A minimum of 4 to 8 years’ of transactional legal experience, preferably in an in-house environment (nonprofit, government or corporate) and/or extensively to nonprofit organizations in a law firm environment.
  • Excellent contract drafting and negotiating skills with ability to distinguish and characterize for clients material versus non-material business and legal issues.
  • Strong communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills; able to effectively interact with all internal clients and external business partners and provide clients with legal and business advice in clear, concise manner.
  • Detail-oriented, diligent, organized, and efficient with strong follow-up and follow-through skills.  Comfortable in fast paced environment that requires rapid turnaround on various high priority needs; able to prioritize and re-prioritize based on changing business needs.
  • Must be willing and able to become content expert in new areas of law; self-motivated and have a “roll up your sleeves” attitude.
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders.  Gives actionable advice, takes ownership and resolves issues with minimal supervision.
  • Sound and practical business judgment and common sense; an impeccable sense of integrity.
  • Any experience in construction or the hospitality industry is desired although not required.

The Museum of Science and Industry is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, which includes providing equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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