General Counsel

Website WHYY

About WHYY


WHYY serves the Philadelphia region with trusted journalism, eye-opening storytelling and intimate local arts programming. Our curiosity and commitment to this community is what drives our programming. It’s also what drives our hiring.


Below you’ll find an employment opportunity in the fast-paced setting of the Philadelphia region’s leading public media provider. The award-winning professional staff of WHYY sets the bar high in television, radio and online. Whether it’s preparing a program to air or a behind-the-scenes role in support, all positions are vital to continuing—and growing—our impact in our community.


WHYY offers a voice to those not heard, a platform to share everyone’s stories, a foundation to empower early and lifelong learners and a trusted space for unbiased news. Learn more about our Social Responsibility Program. It’s how we live.


About the Role


The General Counsel provides legal advice and strategies to WHYY’s executive team and staff. In addition to providing legal advice, the General Counsel reviews and writes various internal legal contracts, negotiates and manages client and vendor contracts and ensures legal compliance with laws and regulations. The position also acts as Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors.




Legal advice: Provide legal counsel to WHYY’s executives and management on various legal issues affecting WHYY.
Contract negotiation: Oversee the drafting, review, and negotiation of contracts and agreements entered into by WHYY, including collective bargaining agreements.
Compliance: Ensure that WHYY complies with relevant laws and regulations in its operations and business activities.
Risk management: Identify and manage legal risks that WHYY may face, and implement strategies to mitigate those risks.
Litigation management: Oversee legal disputes and coordinate with external law firms when necessary to handle litigation matters.
Corporate governance: Advise on matters related to corporate governance and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.  Act as Assistant Secretary to the Board and provide staff support to the Board and the Executive and Governance Committees.
Intellectual Property: Manage and protect the company’s intellectual property, such as trademarks, patents, and copyrights.
Employee Relations: Provide legal guidance on employment-related matters, including contracts, policies, and disputes.
Maintain a regular and predictable attendance.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Education: Law degree is required as well as a law license.


Experience: Experience in drafting and reviewing legal agreements is required. Familiarity with labor law and public media law preferred.  Experience working in a General Counsel’s office is preferred.


License or Certification: Law license is required.


*All WHYY employees are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Proof will be required upon hiring.

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