The Advertising Council

VP, Legal and Business Affairs

Job Locations US-NY-New York
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(2/26/2018 2:27 PM)
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Working as the sole legal counsel for an organization with over 100 employees that creates and executes communication strategies for 40+ campaigns each year, the VP, Legal and Business Affairs plays a key role in executing the mission of the Ad Council.


In a given week, you may find yourself reviewing and negotiating contracts with ad agencies, clients and vendors, reviewing talent releases, preparing for board committee meetings, obtaining state sales tax exemptions, pricing new services in close collaboration with the CFO, determining which Federal Acquisition Regulations should apply to our federal contracts, and reaching out to music houses to license songs for our commercials.


This position is perfect for someone who likes to start with strategy and desired outcomes first and then likes to find the legal approach or solution next. You can successfully work on multiple projects at once, you like to make life easier for colleagues by improving processes and, you can effectively communicate legal requirements to colleagues at all levels. You’re also great at seeing the forest and the trees and you’re a do gooder and passionate about social change.




The VP, Legal and Business Affairs reports to the Head of Business Operations and Strategy and works with members of all departments, but primarily the Finance, Marketing and Communications and Campaign Development teams.


Responsibilities include:

  • Drafting, negotiating and revising contracts.
  • Ensuring compliance with contracts, government rules and contracting regulations.
  • Overseeing contract review process and contract distribution.
  • Advising internal clients on legal issues concerning advertising and marketing campaigns.
  • Serving as legal advisor to CEO and senior management on all key business transactions and strategic projects.
  • Ensuring compliance with applicable laws and governing documents with respect to nonprofit governance and board matters.
  • Evaluating agreements and business opportunities and their impact on business and pricing models, reporting, and compliance. This includes identifying opportunities from both existing and pending business arrangements.
  • Selecting, managing and overseeing outside counsel.
  • Participating in special projects as needed.



  • Undergraduate and JD degrees, and admission to the NY bar.
  • 5 years of legal experience in a relevant industry and contracting experience, which may include government procurement and reporting, media, advertising agency, non-profit, intellectual property, and/or compliance
  • Ability to work independently and on a team and manage multiple projects concurrently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to manage, plan and organize significant work flow.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship skills. 
  • Strong analytical and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to create new procedures and workflow.
  • A high degree of self-motivation.
  • Proficient in MS Office

Ad Council

A private, non-profit organization, the Ad Council partners with other national non-profit organizations as well as federal government agencies to motivate measurable change around significant public issues. Together, we work with volunteer talent from leading advertising, media, social and digital communications agencies across the country to create campaigns that inspire change and improve lives throughout the U.S.

The Ad Council creates sophisticated and comprehensive integrated communication plans for each campaign that can include media outreach, consumer research, public relations, and numerous strategic partnership opportunities across all mediums.

The Ad Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans.


If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please submit your request through one of the following methods listed: Fax (212) 922-1676 or US Mail to the Advertising Council, Attn: Human Resources, 815 2nd Avenue; 9th Floor, New York, NY 10017.


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