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General Counsel

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Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corporation/Bowhead Family of Companies

Anchorage, AK

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Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) is recognized as one of Alaska’s leading companies with over 3,000 employees nationwide. As a proud Alaska Native Corporation, our success brings growth and benefits to our Iñupiat shareholders. The size and diversity of our operations means we have a broad variety of career opportunities. We recruit only qualified people looking to join a workforce characterized by strong leadership, competent and hard-working staff, and a superior work environment with a focus on career development, great wages and benefits.


General Counsel provides senior management of UIC and subsidiaries with accurate, timely and effective legal advice regarding laws relating to Alaska Natives and ANCSA corporations, federal and other government contracting law, corporate and business law, employment law, and litigation and regulatory matters. The position of General Counsel reports to the UIC Chief Administrative and Legal Officer (CALO). Requirements


Draft, review, and negotiate contracts and other agreements including non-disclosure agreements, teaming agreements, consulting agreements, subcontracts, and real property leases.

Assist with management of litigation including the selection and management of outside counsel and litigation and settlement strategy, and represent and counsel entities on government contracts and disputes, including bid protests, contract and subcontract claims, investigations and disclosures, and litigation.

Assist operational personnel with non-litigation dispute resolution.

Provide legal advice to the UIC Board of Directors and support staff regarding regulations governing ANCSA corporations, the Shareholder annual meeting and election process (including the solicitation of proxies), and other corporate governance issues.

Provide legal advice to UIC’s Shareholder Services Department regarding share transfer matters, shareholder communications and other issues.

Assist with the acquisition and maintenance of appropriate business licenses, registrations and other legal documents required to perform work outside of the U.S.

Assist with matters regarding Small Business Administration (SBA) compliance in connection with participation in the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program, HubZone Program and other related programs.

Represent UIC and their subsidiaries in strategic acquisitions and joint ventures; conduct due diligence investigations; structure transactions; and negotiate and draft key transaction documents.

Assist as needed with the review of bank financing documents.

Assist with trademarks, patents and other intellectual property matters.

Provide advice with corporate governance issues and oversight of corporate books.

Assist with other Legal Department special projects as assigned.


The successful candidate must:

(1) have a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school; (2) be an active member in good standing of the Alaska Bar; and, (3) have a minimum eight years of experience practicing law. Knowledge in the following areas is preferred:

Experience with federal laws, regulations and industry standards regarding federal government contracting.

Experience with the SBA’s programs, particularly the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program and its application to Alaska Native Corporations.

Experience with Alaska Native Corporation corporate governance issues, annual elections and proxy matters, and ANCSA.

Experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts and other transactional documents.

Experience with general corporate and business law, intellectual property law (including trademark and copyright law) and employment law.

Civil litigation experience or experience managing litigation and outside counsel.

Experience with international business compliance matters, (including compliance with import/export laws and anti-corruption laws).

Strong legal writing and legal research skills.

Strong communication skills and analytical and strategic skills.

Ability to set priorities, organize resources, meet deadlines and balance competing demands.

Ability to work collaboratively within staff attorneys and UIC Ethics and Compliance Counsel and to work collaboratively with other department personnel.

Strong desire to work for an ANC and quality-driven work ethic.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, family responsibility, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran’s status or any other legal protected status. In furtherance, pursuant to The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act 43 U.S.C. Sec. 1601 et seq., and federal contractual requirements, UIC and its subsidiaries may legally grant certain preference in employment opportunities to UIC Shareholders and their Descendants, based on the provisions contained within The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V

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