VSA Partners is a group of dedicated, collaborative and kind people that value smarts over egos. We work very hard to create human-centered, insight-inspired work that moves people, changes behavior, and answers real strategic problems. We started as a design firm over 30 years ago and operate today with a “design thinking” approach to everything we do. Formally, we’re a branding and marketing company that approaches business challenges holistically and aims to break down silos between branding, digital, marketing and advertising. Informally, we’re a family that comes together at the table every day to make something great.

VSA has a Recruit from Everywhere, Work from Anywhere policy so most of our roles can be based anywhere in the US!

VSA Partners is looking for a highly organized, motivated and energetic attorney to join our team as Corporate Counsel to help focus on a diverse suite of contracts related to the industries in which we and our affiliates work - brand strategy and design, marketing (traditional and experiential), advertising, and related areas, and ideally, to also provide counsel on data privacy matters relating to such contracts and the internal handling of personal information in the course of providing services to clients.


The role may be fully remote or be based in any one of our VSA or affiliate offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, or Denver. This role is full-time.  


Position Summary:


The legal team’s mission is to advance business objectives by being a valued and innovative business partner in the provision of services to VSA’s clients and those of its affiliates. This position will work directly with the General Counsel and other members of the legal department, with a focus on drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts, liaising with internal business team members to understand their contract needs, and assisting with legal operations and processes. This role requires an organized, meticulous, and highly efficient individual with a strong interest and prior experience in contract review and drafting. We are a small but dynamic high-performing team, and we are looking for Corporate Counsel who will bring excellent judgment, pragmatism, optimism, modesty and a sense of humor to the mix in a fast-paced environment.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Draft, review, negotiate, and interpret a range of commercial agreements while applying a solid understanding of relevant legal subject matters -- marketing and consulting MSAs and SOWs, NDAs, operations-related and vendor contracts, and other commercial contracts (e.g., image and content licenses, media insertion orders, talent agreements, SAAS agreements, sponsorship agreements, sales agreements, and venue agreements)
  • Coordinate with other internal functions to ensure internal business alignment with policies, workflows, and laws.  
  • Craft, develop and maintain processes, playbooks, workflows, and trainings for a variety of contracting activities and post-contract compliance matters.
  • Proactively identify and present risk analysis and mitigation strategies to internal team members.
  • Ideally, the candidate will also bring tangible experience related to data privacy and security laws (US, Canada, and EU), providing flawless development and review of contracts involving privacy issues (e.g., data privacy addenda), and working with internal groups to ensure privacy compliance.
  • This position also has the opportunity to expand into other areas, such as: compliance reviews of creative deliverables; drafting and/or reviewing marketing and consumer/product promotions materials (e.g., sweepstakes and contest rules, social media promotions, print and digital ads, broadcast and radio commercials, packaging, OOH, and other consumer facing materials) to ensure compliance with company/client policy and legal requirements; and acquisition activities.


Qualifications - What You’ll Bring

  • J.D. from a highly-regarded law school, as well a membership in good standing of a state bar
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience focusing on drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, with a keen attention to detail
  • Ideally, 5-7 years total of in-house experience
  • Aspirations to and skills for clean drafting, without legalese
  • Skilled with issue-spotting and analytical reasoning, assessing and communicating risks, making common-sense decisions in the face of ambiguity, and finding pragmatic solutions to achieve business goals
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, business judgment and high ethical standards
  • An ability to balance multiple matters simultaneously and to adjust quickly under shifting priorities and tight timelines
  • Prior experience working at an advertising or marketing agency is a plus (but not required)
  • Enthusiastic teammate, proactive self-starter, and dedication to producing best in class legal work.

What We Offer You:

  • Competitive health and wellness benefits, empowering you to value life in and out of the office
  • Retirement Savings Plans, parental leave, and other family-friendly programs
  • An environment that encourages collaboration across functions and businesses

VSA Partners is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive, equitable environment for all employees. All employment decisions are made based on qualifications, merit and business need.

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