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General Counsel at Kaplan

Posted on: 16 May 2019 68 views
: General Counsel
: Kaplan
: JD
: 15

Job Title 

General Counsel


Job Description

We are looking for a General Counsel who will be a strategic business partner and serve as a key member of our executive leadership team, reporting directly to the CEO.  Kaplan Test Prep’s mission is to help individuals achieve their educational and career goals. We build futures one success story at a time. The right candidate will be a pacesetter within the organization to drive change and positive disruption in the digital education space.  This position enjoys the opportunity to drive a wide range of areas that are central to KTP’s success including: litigation, intellectual property, employment law and compliance, contract negotiation, drafting and review, dispute resolution, advertising review, interacting with competitors, corporate law, immigration, accreditation and real estate, while having the highest degree of professional ethics and personal integrity.  This role also has a seat with the Kaplan Inc legal team and liaises with key leaders at Graham Holdings, our parent company, on important organizational matters.


If this sounds like you, read on for more detail….

You Will:

  • Serve as a strategic thought partner, legal advisor, and team member to the executive leadership team regarding business strategy, commercial transactions, intellectual property, people matters, business development and execution.

  • Proactively and creatively evaluate risk factors impacting business decisions and anticipate legal issues that could impact the company. Partner with HR team regarding matters related to relevant employment and labor laws.

  • Play a key role in M&A events including leading legal due diligence in concert with Kaplan Inc. legal team on divisional acquisitions.

  • Be knowledgeable about and anticipate legislative and regulatory changes affecting the company, especially on industry-specific issues, employment law, corporate governance and regulatory affairs.

  • Oversee the KTP legal team to effectively serve the organization’s needs; determine the optimal balance between an internal team and external counsel. Manage the selection and usage of outside counsel.

  • Architect and ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Advise on corporate governance and compliance matters, including the development and implementation of the organization's policies and procedures.

  • Thrive in situations where complex issues require in depth analysis, evaluation, and partnership to achieve positive outcomes.


You Are:

  • Adept at building relationships, both internal and external, and working collaboratively with others to meet shared goals

  • Passionate about continuous learning and applying insights to new situations

  • A clear thinker and communicator

  • At your best when challenges are complex, gray, and have shifting variables

  • A model of professional ethics and with the highest degree of personal integrity

You Have:

  • 15+ years of progressive legal experience working in corporate law with 5+ years working in-house. Experience in education, technology, e-commerce and/or companies that have gone through significant transformation is preferred; software or start-up experience a plus

  • Extensive, direct experience with a variety of legal matters, including strategic business agreements, employment law, commercial contract negotiation, information security and compliance, and intellectual property

  • Strong negotiating skills in legal as well as financial/commercial issues

  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of corporate law and procedures

  • Demonstrated ability to create legal defensive or proactive strategies

  • Good standing with the New York State Bar



New York, NY, USA


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Kaplan is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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