Founded by the creator of the YOU DON’T KNOW JACK® game series, The Jellyvision Lab, Inc. creates virtual teachers, advisors, and salespeople who make online learning and decision making delightful. In all that we do, our goal is to make complex topics simple and boring material interesting, using a combination of great design, unexpectedly funny content, and serious technology.
Of all the virtual people Jellyvision has created, the tallest and least afraid of bears is ALEX® (www.meetalex.com). ALEX helps companies talk their employees through the tricky choices they’ll have to make, like picking a health insurance plan, deciding how much to put in the 401(k), or whether they might want extra life insurance. Our customers love ALEX because he helps their employees figure out what’s best for their personal situations, which, in turn, saves our customers a boat-load of time and money – everybody wins! As we sell more and more of ALEX, we need more and more non-virtual (i.e., real life) people to keep the virtual ones amazing. That’s where you come in.
THAT’S LOVELY… BUT WHAT’S THE JOB?
Jellyvision enters a lot of contracts each year. Hundreds and hundreds of ‘em. As a high growth tech company, we are buying services, software, and support galore, and, happily, we are selling even more, mostly to the Fortune 1000 companies that we’re proud to call our clients. Unlike lots of companies, it seems, we actually read our contracts carefully, and agree only to terms that are mutually fair and that we know we can satisfy. That requires careful review, consideration, and internal vetting. And with our ever increasing volume, we know we need some additional help. That’s where you come in: we need a smart, careful, and business-oriented lawyer to be our dedicated contracts guru.
WHAT KIND OF SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE SHOULD I HAVE?
- Approximately five years of transactional experience as a licensed attorney, preferably with experience drafting and negotiating SaaS/tech licensing agreements.
- Significant experience negotiating contract terms to close deals.
- Experience interacting with clients (and a plus if it is in a business development capacity).
- Experience working with start-up companies and dealing with intellectual property issues preferred, but not required.
- You will only be happy in this job if you are a careful, detail-oriented person. Jellyvision is a casual, fun place to work, but we’ve got exacting standards for performance, and that goes double for roles where your work is legally binding the company to contractual duties.
- You must be able to effectively and efficiently communicate with both our clients and your coworkers in a way that is clear, concise, and engaging.
- Being able to listen and understand the objectives of everyone involved in the negotiation is the key to accurately and efficiently reducing contract negotiations to mutually acceptable contract terms.
- An abundance of charm. We’re tough, but fair, negotiators, and we consider business development and procurement as important to our brand and customer experience as the development of our software itself. People do business with people they like, and we need to be genuinely likeable. Even when debating limitation of liability or choice of forum.
- Finally, a sense of humor is a must. Yes, even for our lawyers. Interesting or unusual hobbies are also a plus.
AND WHAT WOULD I BE DOING AS A CONTRACTS ATTORNEY?
Reporting to our General Counsel, working with a broad cross section of the nice and talented people at Jellyvision responsible for all of our buying and selling, you will:
- Draft, edit, and negotiate every type of contract that a growing tech company has: licensing deals, development agreements, statements of work, vendor contracts, independent contractor arrangements, and NDAs are just some examples.
- Consult with Production, Sales, Operations, Analytics, and other business units as necessary to ensure that all project costs and logistics are being considered as part of the contract negotiation process.
- Develop better and more systematized company-wide contracting procedures.
- Implement and manage a robust contract management and compliance system and process. We have hundreds of customers, and will have hundreds more before year end. We need a great system for tracking adherence to the letter and spirit of every single one of our deals.
- When the contracts house is in order, there will be opportunities to assist with (and eventually assume chief responsibility for) other portions of the legal function. We’ll be delighted for the Contracts Attorney to define what areas – IP? Corporate? Compliance? etc… – you want to expand out into once the contracts operation is running smoothly and efficiently.
Yes. We only hire nice, bright, funny people who are willing to work hard. Jellyvision is a group effort and you must be capable of working collaboratively with internal and external people alike. Everyone at Jellyvision shares a commitment to excellence and a desire to work in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.
ARE THERE ANY PERKS? Yes, we love perks.
- Competitive pay, stock options and benefits. 401(k) with matching. And we pay 100% of the cost of premiums for medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance for our employees (as long as you qualify for our tobacco-free discount; if you’re a tobacco user, your medical premiums will be higher than $0). We also cover a really nice chunk of the cost of premiums for spouse/partner/dependent medical, dental and vision insurance.
- Casual dress and a flexible schedule. Come in a sweatshirt, jeans, whatever, like everyone else here.
- Creative work environment. We are lucky to work in a place that is full of intelligent, talented and innovative folks. Although most hours the place is deathly quiet (we’re a focused bunch), this is punctuated with hilarious outbursts and general merriment, which makes a nice way to spend the day.
- Free food. Every week, we stock our kitchen with free healthy snack foods, and we have a catered lunch once a week to give people a reason to hang out and eat together.
- Easy transportation. We’re really close to the ‘L’ and the Halsted (#8) bus (right by the Apple Store and Mega Whole Foods too), and we have a transit FSA that allows you to dedicate pre-tax dollars to public transportation expenses. And a number of our employees like to bike to work, so we also have showers and lockers in the office.
- Did we mention our yoga class? We bring a pro instructor right to the office. Fully subsidized by Jellyvision and fully optional, btw.
- Oh! And we have a massage chair. Not just any massage chair, my friend. It’s the HumanTouch HT 5320 WholeBody™ Massage Chair. Feeling a little stiff? Sit down. Relax. Feel better? Good. Okay, back to work.
INTERESTED? Great, we look forward to reading your application – make sure it includes:
- A cover letter that highlights three reasons you think you’d be great for the gig, focusing on how your past work experience has prepared you for this kind of position – or why you think you can rock the job even though you don’t have past work experience that’s perfectly aligned. Writing is key to all that we do, and we weigh cover letters heavily. Like, heavy as a Mack truck.
- Your resume.
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If you decide to apply, please know that every complete application will be carefully reviewed. Seriously! We know it is a time commitment to prepare an application. And we respect that effort by thoughtfully reviewing every complete application and responding one way or the other. But that kind of thoughtful review means that it sometimes takes us awhile to get back to applicants, so please NO PHONE CALLS. The time we spend responding to phone calls and emails inquiring about where we are in the process is time that we could be spending actually moving the process along – so please be patient with us!
Simply put, Jellyvision is a kooky-yet-clever interactive marketing company, the spawn of a gaming company best known for creating the irreverent trivia game show You Don’t Know Jack. Since sprouting forth from Jack’s bald head in 2001, we have retained Jack’s sense of humor while embarking on our own mission of shifting the focus of the web from “navigation” to “conversation”. Basically, we want to make the internet more human (that can’t backfire, right? It’s not like the internet is going to become sentient). So we traded in the virtual game show host for a fleet of virtual salespeople, brokers, guidance counselors, and teachers who add personality and personalization to complex ideas that would be otherwise way too complicated or snooze-inducing.