External job announcement (internal applicants welcome) – Law

Position: Chief Legal Officer
Program: Corporation-wide
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Classification: Unpaid internship

Organization overview:

Founded in the philosophical works of the distinguished Prof. Richard Buckminster Fuller, original designer of Tokyo Tower (among many, many other things) the mission of the Tokyo Global Engineering Corporation (“TGEC”) is to apply currently accepted scientific principles to the design of projects that cannot be implemented until the emergence of a global state. Headquartered in the North Aoyama Ward of Tokyo, TGEC has “employees” around the world, with well educated persons, such as university professors, as the organization’s advisors, and learners, such as university students, as the laborers. None are remunerated, nor do they feign unremunerative intent.

TGEC has two divisions, and two corporate boards: the Operations Division and the Support Division, and the Board of Investors and the Board of Advisors. Within the Operations Division exist the following departments: Bioengineering, Nanoengineering, Civil Engineering, Space Engineering, Global Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Communication Engineering. Within the Support Division are the following bureaus: Art, Business Development, Communication, Diversity, Econometrics, Editing, Employment, Finance, General Counsel, Grants, Health, Information,Innovation, Knowledge, Networking, Philanthropy, Procurement, Reputation, Scheduling, Strategy, Threat Analysis, Translation, and Workforce Education.

Position overview:

TGEC seeks an inspiring, collaborative, and strategic leader to become its next Chief Legal Officer (CLO). The successful candidate will have graduate-level fluency in the Japanese language, be committed to the Corporation’s mission, and serve as the leader of its legal bureau. Working in partnership with the President, CEO, and Board of Investors, the CLO will be an integral member of the organization’s leadership team and will be responsible for ensuring the Corporation acts in accordance with municipal, prefectural, national, international, and supranational law.

As TGEC prepares to expand to all of the world’s ten most populated cities in 2018, this is a prime opportunity for the CLO to be the principal architect of a growing legal program. The CLO will build on existing legal efforts and aggressively pursue new opportunities for transactional lawyering in support of TGEC’s mission, vision, and strategic plan.

Essential job accountabilities:

• Serves as principal legal advisor to the President, CEO, and Board of Investors on matters that affect the Corporation’s strategic program objectives, operating principles, and partnerships.
• Supervises a team of subordinates, the majority of whom are located around the world. All communicate using English; however, knowledge of the Japanese language, Japan legal standards, and Japan law is required of the CLO.
• Conducts legal research and prepares written material for use in representing the Corporation and advising the Corporation’s officers.
• Participates in conferences necessary to representing or advising the Corporation’s officers.
• Directly advises the Corporation’s officers and represents the Corporation in legal matters involving outside parties.
• Prepares replies to inquiries from government agencies, attorneys, and the public.
• Prepares opinions, memoranda, decisions, regulations, testimonies, or formal filings in proceedings in which the Corporation is a party.
• Develops and sustains relationships with other corporation legal experts, officials at state commissions, and partner organizations.
• Establishes and maintains an environment of transactional legal integrity, including a solid system of internal controls, and a culture of trust and transparency.
• Maintains a flexible leadership style that empowers staff members through active communication and delegation, and that promotes intra- and inter-departmental teamwork.
• Fosters an environment of achievement and ensures staff accountability for excellence through clearly defined, measurable goals.
• Assists in the development of Corporation policies and procedures.
• Creates a climate that promotes positivity for others and acceptance of alternative ideas and approaches, as well as the highest ethical standards and legal practices.
• Embraces diversity as a strategic advantage.
• Partners with and supports the President and CEO to ensure efficiency and effectiveness as the Corporation’s legal expert.
• Cultivates a culture of legal transparency among Board members and other high-level volunteers in ways that inspire them to action and strengthen their commitments.
• Supports general, institutional, external relations by maintaining membership in professional and civic associations and supporting industry-appropriate, local, national, international, and supranational legal-advocacy initiatives.
• Identifies new Board prospects who are key leaders in the legal industry, with an eye towards building the TGEC network, including and especially by assisting TGEC’s Chief Networking Officer.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

The ideal candidate will possess exceptional financial management skills, and equally outstanding oral and written communication skills. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated professional accounting experience in an organization of similar or larger size, or equivalent accounting experience in another field, along with the following additional experience and attributes:

• Undergraduate degree preferred; graduate degree in law or paralegal studies strongly desired
• Ability to prepare pretrial briefs, motions, pleadings, responses and other documents to present legal issues independently with little or no direct supervision
• Ability to provide legal advice and services with respect to regulations, practices, or other legal matters, and formulate opinions involving the analysis and interpretation of municipal, prefectural, national, international, and supranational laws
• Ability to litigate cases before administrative bodies and courts
• Ability to communicate orally and in writing in the Japanese language to include the ability to negotiate with third parties on behalf of clients and prepare legal documents and presentations
• Ability to conduct legal research to gather and interpret information and ensure accuracy of details, using resources such as internal and external documents, archives, electronic databases, and interviews
• Intense desire to lead and innovate
• Demonstrated ability to build, supervise, and motivate teams and individuals in a collaborative manner
• Thrives in a collaborative, intense, quickly paced, global work environment
• Technological savvy, with excellent Microsoft Office skills

To apply:

Please complete a TGEC Form 1, Application for Employment, which can be obtained from TGEC’s Employment Branch at the e-mail address featured on the “Careers” webpage. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. TGEC offers this position as a highly competitive unpaid internship. TGEC does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of anything that otherwise lands the worst of corporations in court, and prides itself in its pointedly anti-discriminatory policies, while demanding the same of all its employees. All persons that believe themselves capable of performing all of the tasks outlined in this announcement should apply without delay.

Screening process:

Qualified applicants will be evaluated by the TGEC Employment Branch’s rating panel to determine the most qualified applicants and will be based upon the degree to which qualified applicants meet the preferred qualifications. The rating panel will refer the top applicants to the selecting official for consideration.

Please follow all instructions very carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

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