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Company overview
GOAL ZERO, the world leader in portable solar power, is searching for a Paralegal to handle several legal functions worldwide. Our mission is to empower people with portable power solutions that can power anything, anywhere. See www.GoalZero.com for more information.
General Summary of Position
The Paralegal is responsible for liaising with outside counsel on all pertinent legal matters and managing all internal legal functions including: (1) Contract and other document review, (2) Patent and trademark work, (3) International expansion considerations, (4) Consulting on all other internal legal matters, and (5) Document management.
Essential Duties Responsibilities
Liaising with outside counsel
- Work with and manage the relationships with GOAL ZERO's outside counsels:
- Minimize outside legal fees as much as possible by handling work in-house, efficiently managing the work that is given to outside counsel, and finding and vetting new partnerships to leverage
- Effectively communicate and distribute all pertinent legal information between senior leadership and outside counsels
Contract and other document review
- Ensure that all contracts and relationships entered into by GOAL ZERO are sound and advantageous to furthering its mission:
- Verify that all contracts are thoroughly understood by the key decision makers and always in GOAL ZERO's best interests
- Review other key documents, policies, and/or procedures to ensure liability is limited and benefits are maximized
- Consult with other departments to effectively navigate potential legal issues
Patents and trademarks
- Manage as much of the process for intellectual property development as possible
- Minimize the amount of work going to outside counsel for patent work
- Bring the trademark search and application process in-house and effectively and efficiently execute the process
International expansion considerations
- Consult with leadership of the international divisions to ensure the legal aspects of our operations and decisions are sound
- Assist the Executive team on international expansion planning and execution
Consulting on all other internal legal matters
- Advise each department with legal matters that may arise
Document Management
- Create and maintain document management system for all legal documents
- Develop, launch, and maintain a comprehensive filing system for all documents required by the product development process and policies
- Train employees and vendors on records management procedures and policies
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
-Excellent communication skills in writing and in person with an attention to detail
-Ability to cover a wide variety of practice areas including patent and trademark, contract review and transactional matters
-Ability to identify and analyze issues and elevate as appropriate
-Ability to take ownership of issues and matters through to their successful conclusion
-Leadership and organization skills, including planning, prioritization and time management.
-Experience working in a mission and culture driven organization
Education and Experience Requirements
-Bachelor degree or equivalent experience
-Paralegal certificate preferred
-A minimum of 2 years as a paralegal with pertinent experience at a law firm or a company law department working on a wide variety of legal matters
Reporting
-Reports to the HR department
Compensation
-Salary: DOE
-Benefits: Health, dental, life insurance and 401K
For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
http://goalzerocareers.applicantpro.com/jobs/49113.html
For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
http://goalzerocareers.applicantpro.com/jobs/49113.html

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