Real Estate Counsel

MIT’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is searching for an experienced, intelligent, versatile and collaborative lawyer to provide advice, guidance and assistance on a wide range of real estate and business issues. 

This Counsel will be a transactional generalist working on a broad variety of issues for the Institute, but will have a particular focus on campus real estate matters.  Specifically, this Counsel will provide advice on the following: design, construction, and property development; utilities and energy; facility services and contracts; land use, title and zoning; tax and regulatory issues and agreements; easements, licenses and other land use agreements; leasing; acquisitions and dispositions; and environmental issues. The person may also be called upon to work with the real estate legal team at MIT’s Investment Management Company on commercial leasing and other matters.  General transactional matters could include significant procurement agreements, collaborative agreements and legal compliance advice across a spectrum of topics faced by a complex research institute like MIT.

OGC lawyers work independently but collaboratively in a collegial team environment of a hard-working, fast-paced law office of 12 lawyers within a premier research university renowned for creativity, innovation, and bold, experimental risk-taking.  MIT’s Vice President and General Counsel trusts and relies on all OGC lawyers for their intelligence, practical good sense, leadership, judgment, committed work ethic and objective advice.  For more information on the OGC, see

Requirements:  At least ten years of relevant experience. Sophisticated law firm training is highly desirable, and some experience in a public, nonprofit or commercial in-house setting is preferred.  Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong academic credentials are required.

Beyond the expertise and experience necessary to perform the functions described above, this position requires the ability to organize and manage multiple projects and prioritize competing client needs in an often-changing, cutting-edge environment; grounded judgment but highly flexible thinking; polished communication and diplomacy skills; and the ability to perceive and explain to non-lawyers the practical application of law in complex situations.  The OGC’s priority is to support the educational and research mission of MIT. 

Admission to the Massachusetts bar, or admission to another state's bar and ability to promptly gain admission to the Massachusetts bar, is required.

To apply for this position please visit:  Job Number: 17389

April 2019