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Associate General Counsel

$178,000- $309,600/ year
Posted Jun 09
Full Time
HybridCarlsbad, California

Job Description

About us

One team. Global challenges. Infinite opportunities. At Viasat, we’re on a mission to deliver connections with the capacity to change the world. For more than 35 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the globe communicate. We’re looking for people who think big, act fearlessly, and create an inclusive environment that drives positive impact to join our team.

What you'll do

We are looking for an exceptional attorney who is experienced in drafting and negotiating complex commercial contracts and providing day-to-day business and legal advice to support our growing legal department at Viasat’s headquarters in Carlsbad, California.

The day-to-day

In this role, you will support our Aviation Business Unit, which consists of our commercial aviation business unit and safety of flight business unit. You will work autonomously to represent Viasat in all aspects of negotiating sophisticated commercial agreements with airline and business customers as well as our suppliers. This position will also coordinate and work closely with other subject matter experts of the company’s legal team, including our compliance experts and privacy and data experts. International travel may be required.

What you'll need

  • 5 - 10 years of corporate legal experience, of which 2+ years at a large national law firm.
  • 1-3 years of in-house legal experience.
  • J.D. and member of the bar in good standing.
  • U.S. citizenship required.

What will help you on the job

Extensive Experience in Contract Drafting and Negotiations, and Industry Experience 

  • Excellent and demonstrated contract drafting and negotiating skills, particularly with respect to complex contracts that involve equipment sales and delivery of services that typically utilize SLAs.
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: (1) aviation industry, (2) telecommunications industry, or (3) satellite industry.


  • Strong business acumen, with an ability to understand and analyze legal, operational, and business risks.
  • Strong analytical skills and judgment necessary to problem-solve and advise internal stakeholders on legal and business risks — and the written and verbal skills to effectively communicate the reasoning in recommending solutions.
  • Solutions-oriented, with excellent problem-solving abilities and judgment.
  • Able to provide creative and practical legal and business advice.
  • Able to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of the business, including the ability to reduce complex issues to simple communication.


  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective, professional, and collaborative relationships among diverse stakeholders, both within the Aviation Business Unit and across the company, at all levels.
  • Ability to balance the interests of the business that secures the programs and protects Viasat from unnecessary risks.
  • Ability to demonstrate the existence of emotional intelligence in challenging situations.
  • Team player with a positive attitude, enthusiasm, and accepting of input and direction from others.
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills, with ability to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously, overcome challenges and defuse conflict.

 Work Ethic

  • Independent, self-motivated, professional, and proactive with a strong work ethic and sense of pride and accountability in work.
  • Intellectual curiosity, engagement and desire and ability to learn and develop new skills.
  • A history and proclivity for acquiring knowledge and expertise with respect to new laws and a dynamic legal landscape with little to no formal instruction or training.
  • Ability to make those around you better.

Salary range

$178,000.00 - $309,600.00 / annually

At Viasat, we consider many factors when it comes to compensation, including the scope of the position as well as your background and experience. Base pay may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Additional cash or stock incentives may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to a range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the position offered. Learn more about Viasat’s comprehensive benefit offerings that are focused on your holistic health and wellness at
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Viasat is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create a welcoming and diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, genetics, age, or veteran status or any other applicable legally protected status or characteristic. If you would like to request an accommodation on the basis of disability for completing this on-line application, please click here.