Required Skills

  • Preparing and reviewing all SEC filings, including periodic and current reports, proxy statements, Section 16 reports and confidential treatment requests in collaboration with internal and external accounting and legal teams
  • Working on corporate governance matters, including assisting in the preparation of certain corporate policies and materials for board and committee meetings; providing training to employees on those policies
  • Coordinating stock option and equity programs in conjunction with Finance and Human Resources departments
  • Preparing, reviewing and negotiating a diverse range of agreements common to the biotechnology industry, including master services agreements, consulting agreements, employment-related agreements, sponsored research agreements and lease agreements
  • Supporting Akebia¬Ěs alliances, working closely with Alliance Management and providing legal advice as needed
  • Providing legal advice on disclosure matters, including investor presentations, press releases, and other corporate internal and external communications
  • Providing advice in a wide array of practice areas and special projects as needed
  • Keeping current on industry-related laws and regulations and creating or modifying policies and procedures based on such developments
  • Managing and directing outside counsel when outside expertise is needed

Required Experience

Basic Qualifications:

  • JD from an accredited law school and admitted to practice in Massachusetts or other U.S. state
  • 5+ years of experience in-house or with a national law firm

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with public biotechnology companies strongly preferred, in-house experience is a plus
  • Strong knowledge of securities and general corporate law
  • Experience in board and corporate governance matters
  • Ability to quickly and effectively prioritize, review and negotiate agreements in the context of business circumstances
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with individuals from multiple departments and disciplines at all levels of the organization
  • Strong attention to detail and proactive approach
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutics for people living with kidney disease. The Company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit our website at www.akebia.com

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