Associate General Counsel

Sierra Space
November 18, 2021
Louisville, CO
Job Type


As Associate General Counsel you will provide legal advice on issues and business concerns to mitigate legal risks and develop solutions. You'll provide expert representation for us with respect to legal disputes and litigation and assist with the development and implementation of compliance initiatives and corporate governance best practices and policies. Additionally, you will prepare, review and negotiate a wide variety of contracts and agreements including pre-litigation and litigation matters, government contracts, commercial contracts, international contracts, and various professional services, intellectual property, employment, and licensing related agreements.

SNC’s subsidiary, Sierra Space, based in Louisville, Colorado with operations in Madison, Wisconsin and Durham, North Carolina, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, satellites, propulsion and environmental systems, spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. government (including NASA), commercial customers and international organizations. Learn more about Sierra Space

Primary Responsibilities:

  • The Associate General Counsel reports to the General Counsel and is responsible to ensure Sierra Space's compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
  • Oversees the Office of the General Counsel activities including Legal, Global Trade Control and Ethics and act as a delegate to the General Counsel as directed by the General Counsel.
  • Provide leadership and mentorship to personnel in the Office of the General Counsel.
  • Works closely with the business teams to develop policies, practices, and guidelines concerning compliance with state, federal, and international laws and regulations. This position is responsible for advising Sierra Space's management on all facets of legal and compliance risk.
  • Manage legal issues associated with US Government contracts (primarily US Space Force and NASA) and commercial contracts, including launch service, hardware supply and major technology development contracts and assuring proper management of subcontractors and suppliers.
  • Provide guidance on government and commercial contracts, disputes, bid protests, contract claims, investigations and disclosures, litigation and appeals.
  • Provide guidance on intellectual property, including data rights, licensing, patent and trademark, along with the ability to help shape legal and business strategy for the protection of intellectual property.
  • Advise on general corporate governance matters, corporate compliance, finance and accounting, legislative affairs and communications as may affect assigned programs or the company at large. Assist in preparation for Board of Director and committee meetings, including preparation of meeting agendas, materials and minutes.
  • Conduct legal research, prepare memoranda, complete presentations and advise in-house clients on risk mitigation and other decision-making requirements. Prepare and implement corporate policies.
  • Handle facilities matters, including leasing, capital construction, environmental, health and safety compliance and liability and risk management issues for manufacturing and launch operation activities. Working knowledge of risk management matters, including insurance requirements and liability and indemnity provisions in contracts.
  • Provide guidance on, and interpretation of, US Government regulations including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and guidance on sanctions that may affect Sierra Space's business as implemented by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and other relevant trade laws and regulations. Provide guidance on risk management related to compliance with USG export/import laws and regulations and voluntary disclosures to the USG.
  • Effectively manage and supervise outside legal counsel; form teaming arrangements with outside counsel to ensure effective representation and maximize outcomes.
  • Provide advice and counsel on relevant US Government and international laws.


  • Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school with at least 15 years of relevant experience in a respected law firm or as in-house counsel
  • Admitted in good standing to practice law in at least one state
  • Substantial corporate, commercial, and technology transactional experience  and superior contract drafting and negotiating skills
  • Experience and competence in corporate legal issues
  • Ability to identify and mitigate legal risk and develop workable business solutions
  • Proven leadership abilities inclusive of successful change management, mentoring, career development, training, succession planning, holding people accountable, and conducting yearly reviews
  • Mastery of the ability to manage complex situations, delegate authority, lead and inspire your team, drive innovative thinking, instill collaboration, drive for success, challenge status quo and demonstrate ability to adapt to dynamic situations
  • Proven experience and skills in team building, time management, conflict resolution, communication, briefing, presentation, and strategic thinking
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to clearly express concepts in verbal and written forms
  • Ability to navigate change and uncertainty, make defensible decisions in ambiguity and own those decisions


  • Experience with intellectual property law, employment law, commercial/government contracting, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, mergers, acquisitions, and/or litigation.
  • Experience with legal research, analysis, and writing
  • Experience with legal research databases
  • Self-starter and a problem solver; must have the ability to see the big picture and implement changes as required
  • Demonstrated passion for ideation, intellectual curiosity, and innovation, as well as motivating others to act by creating a shared sense of vision or purpose
  • Proven long-term and strategic perspective that extends beyond the immediate initiatives; visualizes and articulates a clear direction
  • Team oriented with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Background in the Aerospace and Defense Industry,  the US Department of Defense (Civilian), NASA/Civil or commercial space  and/or US Military, with an understanding of defense, aerospace, intelligence, and adjacent markets
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance may be required Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances


To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.

With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station. Please visit to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $207,781.95 - $285,700.17

Sierra Space offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

In accordance with the Executive Order on ensuring adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, Sierra Space is complying with the requirements that all employees and contractors be vaccinated. As a condition of employment with Sierra Space, you are required to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have a valid exemption under the law.

At Sierra Space, our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. Sierra Space is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Contributions to Sierra Space come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.

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