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General Counsel/Director of Contracts and Compliance

General Counsel/Director of Contracts and Compliance

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Bring your passion, expertise, and experience to IBTS, where we appreciate and are committed to our employees. We offer outstanding benefits, growth opportunities and work hard to maintain a culture that values our employees. 


The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that was established to provide unbiased professional building code compliance services, while enhancing the communities in which we work. At IBTS, our mission is to deliver quality services to meet the challenges of governance at all levels while enhancing public safety, economic development, and the general welfare of the community. Our services include Building and Community Development, Energy and Sustainability Services, Disaster Planning and Recovery, Quality Assurance, as well as Compliance and Risk Monitoring.


IBTS is headquartered in Ashburn, VA, with additional offices in Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington, DC.


We are committed to building a community of experts with diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and perspectives who are passionate about our mission. IBTS is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. S3 Residence, disability, and veterans encouraged to apply.


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IBTS is seeking an Attorney, licensed to practice in Virginia, with a General Counsel background, for a newly created Director-level position.  The incumbent will provide legal advice to the Executive team and legal guidance to other Directors/Managers.  The incumbent will be a thought leader in key areas.  Responsibilities will include addressing current and future growth needs.  This position will oversee Contract Administrator(s).


  • Reviewing, approving, and as needed, executing contracts/sub contracts/vendor agreements.
  • Developing policies, guidelines, and procedure to protect IBTS interests and reduce risks while expediting the signature process.
  • Assisting in defense of any litigation, collection of funds, enforcement of agreements, and representing IBTS and its subsidiaries as needed including working with other attorneys to defend and enforce the issues.
  • Reviewing and finalizing our insurance agreements and monitoring risk management.
  • Providing oversight to HQs contract administrator and full life cycle of contract administration.
  • Providing guidance and monitor the contract specialists/administrators embedded in various external facing divisions for managing major contracts.
  • Organizing training for all directors and managers on reducing risks, work with clients and subcontractors for reducing risks, and for record keeping to protect IBTS interests.
  • Training and monitoring staff compliance with policies and procedures related with contract administration, risk reduction, and regulatory compliance.
  • Conducting internal audits with the help of other specialists (finance, technology, Human Capital, quality assurance) to monitor the risks at various field operations or programs; and making recommendations for risk reductions. This may require some field audits and interviewing staff or subs or clients.
  • Providing thought leadership in regulatory compliance for various federal/state/local government programs, and protecting government/public/IBTS interests, and meeting transparency and reporting requirements.
  • Advising Executive Team and other directors in identification, mitigation, and managing various legal or other type of risks, overseeing protecting IBTS intellectual properties, assisting in purchase of properties, and public image of ethical, professional, and nonprofit organization.
  • Reviewing the RFPs, teaming agreements, proposals, draft contracts for risks, help as needed negotiate contracts and contract modifications.


  • Licensed Attorney in good standing, licensed to practice in VA, knowledgeable of other states legal issues.
  • 5 years’ experience as general counsel for an organization of similar size, scope, and complexity while performing similar duties as required for this position.
  • An accomplished leader, culminating in a position as a general counsel with a strong strategic orientation in a consulting services business or similar organization.
  • Experience in providing advice to executive team in a constructive manner, developing teamwork with colleagues, and protecting corporate interests (litigation, negotiations, enforcement of terms, collections, intellectual property, etc.).
  • Experience with change management, providing guidance, training, and motivation to managers regarding the development and implementation of new policies and procedures.
  • Experience conducting investigations, audits, and reviews, providing recommendations to reduce risks in a cooperative manner.
  • Experience in contract administration, government contracts, teaming agreements, vendors, typical corporate risk mitigation, risk management affairs, and conflict resolution.
  • Demonstrated significant success, business and financial acumen, unquestioned integrity, entrepreneurialism throughout his/her career.
  • An ability to set and clearly articulate goals/priorities and exhibit a high level of energy and drive to achieve them.
  • A perspective that encourages personal commitment and holds management, staff and consultants accountable for achieving targets and objectives.
  • High integrity, honesty, unassailable business values, strong listening skills, and a client service focus.
  • Exceptional communication skills. Open and candid, effective, and persuasive with customers, management, employees and other industry and market contacts.
  • Proven ability to negotiate and work with high level executives.
  • Strong analytic skills (financial, planning, operational).

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