American Coatings Association (ACA) and its affiliate PaintCare, Inc. seek a qualified attorney to join their in-house legal division. The individual in this position will be responsible for addressing the varying legal needs of ACA and its affiliate organizations, including PaintCare. PaintCare operates a product stewardship program responsible for the post-consumer collection, recycling, and disposal of paint products. Occasional travel (5-10% of time) is required.
Primary Job Responsibilities
Independently drafting and negotiating complex contracts with PaintCare program partners, including municipal governments, waste transport/processing vendors, and other important program stakeholders
Independently, reviewing, drafting, and negotiating various commercial agreements for ACA and its affiliates, including vendor agreements, consultant agreements, publishing agreements, copyright and trademark licenses, etc.
Providing legal support to PaintCare field staff to support program operations
Providing legal analysis and recommendations to ACA General Counsel on a wide array of legal issues faced by the organization
Designing and conducting in-staff legal trainings and presentations
Mentoring and supervising junior counsel and legal support staff
Supporting ACA member committees, including taking meeting minutes, advising on corporate governance issues, and providing guidance on antitrust compliance
Developing and improving in-house policies and procedures to manage legal risks
Various other duties to support the legal needs of ACA and PaintCare
This position is located at ACA headquarters in Washington, DC. ACA has a hybrid work environment, where staff spend days both onsite and working remotely each week.
Employment, Salary and Benefits
This is a full time, regular position; salary is dependent on experience. ACA provides generous benefits including 401(k) match, PTO, medical, dental, and life insurance, commuter benefits & wellness reimbursement, and professional development/training opportunities.
Diversity & Inclusion
ACA is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.
ACA is a voluntary, nonprofit organization working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the professionals who work in it. Through advocacy of the industry and its positions on legislative, regulatory, and judicial issues at the federal, state and local levels, it acts as an effective ally ensuring that the industry is represented and fairly considered. The association focuses on advancements in science and technology through its technical conferences and journals and offers essential business information to members through its publications, surveys, and business programs.
PaintCare, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was established by the American Coatings Association (ACA) to implement state-mandated paint stewardship programs on behalf of paint manufacturers in each state that adopts a paint stewardship law. Funding for PaintCare is provided through a fee on new paint sales. Funding is used to establish drop-off sites where the public can take leftover paint for recycling, pay for the recycling of this paint, and provide public education and program administration. Oregon passed the first industry-supported paint stewardship law in 2009. PaintCare currently has active programs in California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. PaintCare will be launching a new program in New York in April 2022. Please visit www.paintcare.org for more information.
Skills and Qualifications
J.D. from ABA-accredited law school
Active bar membership in at least one jurisdiction with eligibility to practice as in-house counsel in the District of Columbia
Six to ten years of legal experience (in-house experience strongly preferred), with at least three years of significant experience independently handling contract drafting and negotiations
Knowledge of one or more of the following is a plus:
environmental law and regulation (solid and hazardous waste regulation is a strong plus)
product stewardship issues
the paint and coatings industry
non-profit organizations (trade associations is a strong plus)
negotiating contracts with state and local governments
corporate governance issues
All ACA employees hired after November 3, 2021, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start date of their employment or obtain an approved accommodation or exemption, as may be provided for under applicable law. An offer for employment for this position will be conditioned on the selected candidate providing documentation to evidence his/her vaccination status or to evidence his/her eligibility for an approved medical, religious, or other exemption or accommodation.
The ACA is a voluntary, non-profit trade association working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the professionals who work in it. The Association represents paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors, and technical professionals. ACA serves as an advocate and ally for members on legislative, regulatory and judicial issues, and provides forums for the advancement and promotion of the industry through educational and professional development services.