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Sr. Legal Counsel (Public Sector - Govt. Contracts)

Req id:  38378

Virtual, US



As the Information Company, our mission at OpenText is to create software solutions and deliver services that redefine the future of digital. Be part of a winning team that leads the way in Enterprise Information Management. 




OpenText is seeking a commercial Senior Legal Counsel with approximately 10+ years’ experience with US Federal and State and Local government and Education (SLED) contracting to join our in-house legal team. There is also opportunity to work on general commercial technology contracts in the U.S and Canada.  This is a diverse role that will require negotiating and drafting a wide variety of commercial technology agreements in support of various Americas-region sales activity, including cloud services agreements, software licenses, and professional services.


The role is also one of trusted Legal advisor supporting a growing and dynamic business, and working with cross-functional groups, and handling escalations are also key components of this position. The role also involves educating and communicating with internal clients and lawyers who may not be experts in public sector matters.  In this capacity the successful candidate is expected to perform analysis and provides guidance on company transactions as well as go-to-market products, evaluate risk, update templates, create and deliver training, and manage projects of benefit to the Legal team and department.




  • Working effectively and pragmatically in a fast-paced environment
  • Managing multiple responsibilities
  • Understanding the complexities of a multi-faceted business
  • Reviewing and negotiating a wide variety of commercial agreements, extra credit for software & SaaS 
  • Communicating complex matters clearly and solving problems practically
  • Building positive working relationships with teammates, subject matter experts, internal clients, and customers
  • Providing high quality, practical support to business
  • Working with systems and processes
  • Triage and prioritization



  • 10+ years previous experience (from a combination of law firm, government, and/or in-house experience) in public sector contracting, providing legal expertise in working with U.S. Federal and SLED end-user customers and system integrators.
  • Solid “hands on” experience drafting, negotiating, and providing guidance on a wide variety of agreements; particularly in software licensing, hosted/ cloud-based product agreements, professional services contracts, and maintenance and support agreements. 
  • Knowledge of working within the IT sector and assisting sales executives on commercial and sales transactions. 
  • Interest in learning new technologies and business models; vision to create new templates and streamline processes; and willing to make recommendations and participate in the decision-making process.
  • Enthusiastic, hard-working, enjoy working in a team environment and confident working at a senior level with lawyers and other professional colleagues. 
  • Experience doing business with regulated industries and understanding or interest in data privacy/ data security a plus.
  • Ability to advise management on risks across the business and strategies for mitigation.
  • Good judgment, integrity, and attention to detail.





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We create economic growth that is inclusive and sustainable. 

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We tap into our creativity to deliver incredible experiences for customers, to ourselves, and for our planet. 

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