Senior Counsel

U.S. Soccer Overview 

We are U.S. Soccer, and we are the future of sport in the United States. Our mission is to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States. We embrace diversity, technology, and global connections to drive the growth of our sport and serve our athletes and fans. We seek motivated, passionate, skilled people who can think, create, and work on a team. U.S. Soccer is a growing company that looks for team members to grow with it. U.S. Soccer offers a comprehensive compensation package, casual work environment, an inclusive culture, and an atmosphere for professional development.

Position Description  

Reporting into the General Counsel, the Senior Counsel – Commercial will support the Federation in managing the legal affairs of the United States Soccer Federation, Inc. 

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Representing U.S. Soccer in its commercial contract negotiations, including reviewing, drafting, and negotiating high-level sponsorships, licenses, and media agreements 
  • Supporting the commercial team by providing advice on complex legal matters
  • Providing legal support and oversight of CBA compliance
  • Managing the contracting process for the organization, across different functions
  • Willingness to step in, as needed, in a wide variety of areas, including membership and compliance
  • Managing, guiding, counseling, and supporting the work of more junior colleagues (e.g., lawyers, paralegals, and interns)

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Juris Doctorate degree
  • Minimum seven to ten years’ experience working as an attorney; preferably with some private firm experience
  • Experience with sponsorship and licensing legal work and contract negotiation

Desired Qualifications 

  • Intellectual property experience
  • Ability to work independently, while coordinating and communicating with other members of the legal/compliance team throughout the process
  • Management experience preferred
  • Exercises initiative and independent judgment; self-starter
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Team player
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of management and functional teams
  • Ability to work collaboratively with co-workers in a small department
  • Clear understanding of the delineation of responsibilities between an attorney and a paralegal
  • Maintain confidentiality in work performed
  • Ability to manage multiple, co-current tasks
  • High-level of attention to detail 
  • Expert knowledge of Microsoft Suite as it relates to legal documents (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

Working at U.S. Soccer is a unique opportunity. Employees who work at U.S. Soccer have the following attributes: 

  • Adopt a company centric approach—Serve the Athlete and the Fan
  • Embrace and see learning as a lifelong pursuit 
  • Possess a growth mindset—keeps an open mind and seeks new challenges 
  • Practice self-assessment and self-reflection
  • Open to criticism and does not make excuses
  • Possess a tireless work ethic
  • Wants to be part of a team that wins
  • Has the ability to be firm but fair 
  • Communicate in a direct, open, and honest manner
  • Build relationships through genuine interpersonal skills   

COVID-19 Vaccination

  • U.S. Soccer has mandated the Covid-19 vaccine and is requiring all staff to be fully vaccinated at the start of employment