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General Counsel, Rick Steves’ Europe, Edmonds, WA

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Harris Legal Search has been exclusively engaged to recruit a General Counsel to serve as primary legal advisor to Rick Steves’ Europe (“RSE”). 

RSE is looking for a smart, capable attorney to fill a full time in-house General Counsel position.  The General Counsel will serve as the primary legal advisor, researcher, and administrator with respect to regulatory matters, litigation issues, contract negotiations, and risk management.  In addition, this person will be integral to the philanthropic actions of the company, and ensure they are in alignment with the RSE mission.  The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about applicable legal issues and the dynamics of running a mid-sized business.  This position reports to the COO and CEO.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage all legal matters, including contract management, intellectual property rights (trademarks, copyrights, digital rights, creative rights, etc.), as well as licensing, tax, capital, and philanthropic issues.
  • Bring legal or risk issues to the attention of the COO and CEO, and advise accordingly.
  • Manage the engagement of outside legal counsel when required.
  • Conduct research, prepare concise reports, briefings, presentations or responses on matters of institutional and strategic importance.
  • Provide counsel concerning compliance with international, federal, and state regulations
  • Advise on the development of new business opportunities.
  • Provide guidance on HR issues, political issues, and philanthropic opportunities.
  • Facilitate efficient and effective decision-making processes by gathering data, assembling appropriate stakeholders, preparing high-level analysis, and formulating recommendations.
  • Provide project management on initiatives, as needed.
  • Serve as the informational resource to the company, maintain confidential records, and assist with special projects, tasks, and events, as assigned.

EXPERIENCE

  • Juris Doctor degree with license to practice in Washington State.
  • Minimum of four years’ experience in business law.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong negotiating and presentation skills.
  • Proven organizational and multitasking abilities.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage time effectively.
  • Strong relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.
  • High level of integrity and professional accountability.
  • Knowledge of RSE’s travel philosophy and tour program preferred.

COMPANY

Rick Steves’ Europe provides a casual and rewarding work environment in scenic Edmonds, about 30 minutes north of Seattle.  Its mission is to inspire, inform, and equip Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening.  RSE is a multi-faceted travel company.  Its primary business is the design, marketing and management of guided European tours.  In addition, for independent travelers, RSE produces a public television series and radio show, writes an array of travel guidebooks, maintains an extensive travel website, teaches travel classes, and markets an exclusive line of travel gear.

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