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Senior Corporate Counsel

United States, District of Columbia, WashingtonLegal

Job description

Great Minds, a rapidly growing challenger brand in the PK-12 instructional materials space, seeks an experienced Corporate Counsel.


Great Minds, a mission driven Public Benefit Corporation, brings teachers and scholars together to craft exemplary instructional materials that inspire joy in teaching and learning. Our English curriculum, Wit & Wisdom®, Eureka Math™ and PhD Science™, all support teachers as they take students beyond rote learning to provide a deeper, more complete understanding of the humanities, mathematics, and the sciences. Founded in 2007, Great Minds now employs more than 1,000 people.


Great Minds’ Eureka Math is the most widely used curriculum in the history of American education. It enjoys an unrivaled 40+ net promoter score. Eureka and its sister products, Wit & Wisdom English and PhD Science, embrace much higher expectations for all students and all teachers. In a market dominated by scripted, procedural materials that drive expectations down, Great Minds produces curricula that celebrate knowledge, respect the craft of teaching, and acknowledge the true capabilities of students.

Position Summary

The person in this role will be primarily responsible for a broad range of corporate commercial legal issues, including an emphasis on those related to bidding on government contracts, responding to RFPs, sales, technology and software development and licensing, as well as general contractual matters (review, drafting, and negotiating), regulatory compliance, corporate governance, intellectual property, and risk management. The individual hired will be expected to provide legal guidance to all levels of management of the sales and legal organizations. The position can be based in Washington, D.C., Richmond, Virginia, or Farmington Hills, Michigan


  • Manage a significant workflow of commercial agreements, draft and negotiate complex contracts with our customers and vendors, anticipate and protect the company against risks, advise stakeholders on the status of agreement negotiations, and exhibit a willingness to learn.
  • Assist internal clients with contract negotiation and RFP responses.
  • Manage, distribute, and retain copies of executed contracts. Review and summarize contractual rights and obligations, and provide interpretation of terms and conditions and applicable regulations.
  • Develop new contracts using existing templates and suggest modifications as appropriate.
  • Administer legal compliance systems, including contract management, risk management, record retention, and environmental permit management.
  • Assist in or lead due diligence for M&A activities.
  • Experience creating corporate formalities for start-ups, ensuring the company follows best practices, and draft related documents, templates, etc.
  • Develop internal legal training materials and advise internal clients on various legal or regulatory issues, approaches, and preferred practices

Job requirements

  • JD from a top school and 2-5 years of law firm or in-house experience
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced environment with many new challenges; a good sense of humor and positive outlook; a keen aptitude for problem-solving
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to communicate concisely and persuasively
  • Experience in publishing, education or technology law is advantageous

Qualifications and Skills

  • Be entrepreneurial and willing to find a practical solution to compliance issues and complex legal questions.
  • Be able and willing to solve challenges through innovation; work with minimal direction and supervision.
  • Be proactive in issue identification and avoidance (in addition to managing issues that have already arisen)
  • Assist in development of compliance procedures and maintenance of compliance solutions.
  • Be process-oriented yet flexible in the approach to the resolution of legal issues
  • Be able to train paralegals and internal stakeholders on various compliance efforts


  • Washington, DC, Richmond, Virgina, or Detroit, MI with a hybrid schedule (2-3 days a week in-office).

A cover letter and resume are required to be considered for this position

New employees will be required to successfully complete a background check and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, subject to potential accommodation as required by law.

Any communication to applicants relating to the Great Minds hiring process will only come from email addresses with the domains or If in the course of the application or hiring process with Great Minds you are contacted through another domain, are requested to provide banking or other sensitive information, or you note any other suspicious activity, please contact

Great Minds is an equal opportunity employer. We will extend equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, disability, age, genetic information, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. Our policy reflects and affirms the organization’s commitment to the principles of fair employment and the elimination of all discriminatory practices.