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Sundance Institute is dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences.

At our core, we believe that individuals can spark new ideas that entertain, push creative boundaries, and ignite empathy and understanding that can ultimately lead to social change. We look for these attributes not only in the artists we support but also in the extraordinary talent that we hire to bring our mission to life. We’re building a talent community full of inspired individuals who want to be a part of the action through our Institute roles, Festival positions, and other short-term, internship, and volunteer opportunities.

If you’re looking for a place where creativity, passion, and collaboration come together in support of a unifying purpose, Sundance Institute is where you belong.


We believe that individuals can spark new ideas that entertain, push creative boundaries, and ignite empathy and understanding that can ultimately lead to social change. We not only look for these attributes in the artists we support, but the extraordinary talent that we hire to bring our mission to life. With that, we encourage individuals from diverse and historically underrepresented communities, as well as those with unique and transferable skill-sets from various industries, to apply to join the Sundance community.


Sundance Institute, and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is looking for a LA based proactive and innovative individual to assess, re-envision, and implement our legal functions through an equity-based lens. The work of the General Counsel is largely driven by providing legal and strategic organization advice, as well as research and counsel to management and the board.The Director will also champion the Institute’s ethical values and principles to further our efforts in creating a more just workplace environment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, this position will have 0 direct reports and 2-3 occasional indirect reports (i.e. interns). Top priorities for this position include, but aren’t limited to:

General Counsel

-Ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations nationally and internationally.

-Prepares and reviews non-profit grant contracts and legal documents associated with the grants.

-Drafts and reviews corporate sponsor contracts, in-kind contracts, real estate leases and various other vendor or licensing agreements.

-Coordinates, manages and delivers timely responses and advice to inquiries from staff and management.

-Provides advice and counsel to management and Board on operational and contractual legal issues as needed.

-Monitors legal standards and requirements for non-profit organizations and ensures organization is in line with best practice.

-Works with management on new projects researching legal and organizational structure needs.

-Prepares legal opinions on impact of relevant current and proposed legislation at a local, state and national level.

-Responsible for oversight and management of outside counsel.

-Administers and maintains an electronic contract management system for the organization including utilizing DocuSign and Contracts Management software.

-Manage the company’s logo trademark rights and intellectual property rights.

Ethics and Compliance

-Serve on the internal team managing the organization’s security and code of conduct issues.

-Develops, enhances, maintains and implements the corporate compliance plan and standards.

-Establish and implement effective programs and initiatives that further create an ethical organizational structure, including trainings.

-Lead case teams for managing and investigating internal incidents related to EEOC compliance.

-Assists in drafting and/or review of all new policies/procedures and general practices to ensure that they meet legal, ethical and compliance standards.

-Conducts internal investigations when necessary, and prepares findings.

-Monitor organizational practices to ensure legal compliance.

-Develop and disseminate communications with reference to the code of conduct and ethics reporting.

-Assists Human Resources on any employment law issues.

In addition to an annual salary in the range of $160,000 – $180,000, this position comes with awesome benefits & perks, including:

• Health, vision, and dental insurance

• Paid sick, family, and medical leave

• 401(k) with automatic 3% employer contribution after one year of employment

• Sundance Film Festival passes and benefits (varies each year)

• Mission driven workplace and amazing co-workers

• (1) Annual membership up to $1,000 to an association of your choice

Skills and Competencies:

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR – You have the following direct or transferable skill-sets:

-Deep hands-on experience in drafting and editing contracts.

-Experience in a complex legal and compliance environment.

-Proven ability to compose and edit legal opinions and other written materials.

-Strong project management skills.

-Must be detail-oriented with strong project management and organizational skills.

-Proficient in computer-assisted legal research, Word, Excel, Googledocs.

-Effective interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse, multi-location community.

-Ability to work nights and weekends around events and key deadlines and events.

Qualifications and Prior Experience:

Legal authorization to work in the United States.

Juris Doctor from an accredited law school.

7+ years minimum work experience as an Attorney with a firm and/or as in-house counsel.

Member of the California Bar or eligible to register as in-house counsel in California.

Experience and/or knowledge of entertainment law.


If you have the qualifications, feel this is a position that you would enjoy and excel in, then send us a cover letter along with your resume. Please use your cover letter to give us a summary of an accomplishment in a similar role and why Sundance Institute would be your employer of choice!

Please apply online at by Sunday, August 16th for consideration.

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