Position Summary & Responsibilities
The Assistant General Counsel role will primarily support the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute (https://www.gatesmri.org/), a subsidiary of the foundation. The individual we are seeking has experience in pharma or biotech research and development transactions, and corporate transactions with a working knowledge of intellectual property. This individual has excellent communication, drafting, review and negotiation skills with a keen eye for detail. Experience with patent licensing is a plus.
Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute Summary
The Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute (Gates MRI) is a non-profit biotech dedicated to accelerating the product development timeline for diseases that disproportionately affect the world’s poorest populations, including malaria, tuberculosis, and diarrheal diseases—diseases that combined cause five deaths every minute- and a range of challenges in maternal and newborn health.
Headquartered in Cambridge, MA and led by CEO Dr. Penny Heaton, our focus is translational medicine, advancing novel drug and vaccine candidates against the aforementioned diseases from the laboratory into human studies. At the Gates MRI, we work across multiple interventions and disease areas to increase the identification, selection, and optimization of novel drug and vaccine candidates, with the intention to transition viable candidates to late-stage development partners across the global health ecosystem. We will seek to publish our learnings, so that they will be available to all research and development communities through our commitment to open access.
To enable a fast-to-decision mindset, the institute operates using small teams and a flat structure with the understanding that it is essential to break out of silos and embrace unconventional approaches across modalities. The five core mantras that permeate across the organization and drive progress at every level are:
Though the Institute is a diverse group of passionate change-makers, creative fixers and relentless advocates, these five core values will be universally adopted by all who join it and strive to improve the health and wellness of the world’s most vulnerable populations.
Legal Team Summary
"Guidance, Solutions, Integrity" describes the Legal Team's approach to providing responsive legal guidance supporting the implementation of the foundation's strategies. The Legal Team offers creative solutions that accomplish programmatic objectives, develops and implements efficient legal processes to streamline the foundation’s grant making and contracting practices, and applies preventive legal strategies and compliance policies to minimize risks and safeguard the foundation’s reputation.
Leadership and Culture
We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.
Additional Position Details
The primary focus of this role will be supporting the Gates MRI but may also support other legal needs of the foundation. A primary duty includes drafting, negotiating and reviewing agreements to support the Gates MRI. Other aspects of the role include ability to:
Juris Doctor degree and current bar membership in good standing are required
This position will directly report to a member of the foundation’s Legal Team with a dotted line to the Head of Compliance of the Gate MRI.
Position is located in Cambridge, MA. Relocation assistance, if needed, will be offered to the hired candidate. Some travel will be required (particularly to Seattle within the first years of the role).
Applicants for this role will only be considered if they possess current US work authorization and do not require employer-sponsored VISA support to begin or remain employed in this role.
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.
All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to:
* Sexual Orientation
* Gender Identity
* Gender Expression
* National Origin
* Genetic Information
* Veteran Status
* Marital Status
* Prior Protected Activity
ALL LIVES HAVE EQUAL VALUE
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is an American private foundation founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. The primary goals of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and, in the U.S., to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology.
The foundation works with partners worldwide to tackle critical problems in five program areas.