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Legal Counsel

EF Education First
Posted Mar 21
Full Time
Cambridge, Massachusetts

EF Education First is seeking a talented and experienced attorney to join our North American legal team. As Legal Counsel, you will report to the General Counsel and provide legal support across a wide range of matters for EF’s educational and leisure travel, cultural exchange, academic, and language learning companies.

The ideal candidate is a self-motivated team player with excellent problem-solving, analytical, and communication skills. You will need to provide risk-weighted and practical legal advice within a fast-moving setting across a broad range of responsibilities and disciplines. The primary responsibilities of the role will involve advising on and mitigating legal risk, drafting and reviewing commercial and consumer contracts, and implementing and supporting compliance initiatives. This role requires a lawyer who enjoys developing their personal network across multiple businesses and functions and who can balance both complex and long-term legal projects along with responding with sound business judgment to novel issues in a fast-paced environment.

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Research and advise stakeholders on a diverse complement of legal risks and business opportunities.
  • Draft, review, and negotiate a variety of commercial and consumer contracts, including master service agreements, real estate contracts (i.e., leases; construction contracts; purchase and sale agreements), partnership and vendor agreements, and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Identify and proactively address legal and compliance issues.
  • Support and/or lead trainings on legal risks and compliance.
  • Provide labor and employment advice to central services, managers, and in support of business initiatives.
  • Coordinate with and manage outside counsel on specialized areas of legal advice including intellectual property, real estate, and privacy.
  • Support the effective coordination and management of discovery in complex commercial, personal injury, and employment litigation.

Qualifications

  • 5 years of legal experience.
  • Juris Doctor and membership in good standing in at least one state bar is required.
  • A mix of corporate law firm and in-house experience is a plus.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, specifically the ability to synthesize challenging legal issues for a business-focused audience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with stakeholders representing all levels of the business.

About EF Education First

At EF we believe that the world is better when people try to understand one another. Since 1965, we have helped millions of people see new places, experience new cultures, and learn new things about the world and about themselves. Our culturally immersive education programs—focused on language, travel, cultural exchange, and academics—turn dreams into international opportunities.

When you join EF, you join a multicultural and diverse community working across more than 600 schools and offices in 50 countries, all with one shared mission of opening the world through education. Whoever you are, whatever you are passionate about—we welcome you and want you to bring that to work every day. EF is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to inclusion and belonging across race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, caste, parental status, identity, experience and everything else that makes you unique.

Founded in Sweden in 1965, EF has schools and offices around the world, including hubs in Boston, London, Mexico City, São Paulo, Shanghai, Stockholm, Zürich, and more. Learn more at https://www.ef.com.