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Astranis

Astranis

Legal
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Astranis is on a mission to bridge the digital divide by connecting the four billion people worldwide who currently lack internet access. We're doing this by building the next generation of smaller, more cost-effective spacecraft to bring the world online.

As a team, we’ve launched two satellites into orbit, signed ten commercial deals worth over $1 billion in revenue, raised over $500 million from top global investors, and recruited a team of over 300 world-class engineers. We all work out of our (legendary) San Francisco office, which was once used to build ships during the World Wars.

Our satellites, which operate from geostationary orbit (GEO), weigh only 400 kg and utilize a proprietary software-defined radio payload. Each satellite can connect over two million people, and we’re very excited for the impact we’ll soon have in the Philippines, Peru, Mexico, and more!

Backed by substantial funding and a passionate, collaborative team, we offer a rewarding work environment where you'll learn and make a significant impact, no matter where you are in your career.

Apply and join us on our journey towards global connectivity!

Legal Counsel

You will be a star contributor to Astranis’ growing in-house team of space lawyers, and to the company as a whole - working as a generalist on every issue Astranis faces. While you’ll contribute in your area of expertise, be it IP, Corporate, Government Contracts, etc., you'll also provide sage advice on a range of legal issues. From negotiating commercial agreements with companies around the world to working on regulatory, IP, and employment issues.

You enjoy taking ownership over problems, turning ill-defined objectives into epic outcomes. You are funny and easy to get along with, and are able to quickly connect with a wide variety of personality types. You are low ego, are able to laugh at yourself, and can find enjoyment even in stressful situations. You want to work at Astranis because of our mission, not our valuation. You relish assisting with business development, helping Astranis sign new contracts in far-flung corners of the globe, and tackling a range of novel, complex issues as they arise. You will be a general contributor to the company as a whole, just like every lawyer on our team.

You’ll be an expert on the intricate details of the contracts that enable Astranis to launch its satellites to connect the world. You're excited to work with our engineers as they build the next generation of MicroGEO satellites. You’ll focus on the details, but also have the broad vision to bring large and multi-phase projects to completion. You will look forward to arriving at work each morning because there is always a new challenge to conquer.

Role

  • Lead negotiation and drafting on commercial and government contracts, supply agreements, subcontracts.
  • Answer questions and offer legal advice on a wide range of issues.
  • Exercise initiative and creativity in solving challenges and accomplishing business goals.
  • Advise on complex, corporate legal and business matters.

Requirements

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and membership in at least one U.S. state bar
  • 5-15+ years of experience at a top-tier law firm.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.
  • Careful attention to detail with a proven ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  • Available during nights and weekends as needed.
  • Passion for technology.
  • Great sense of humor.

Bonus

  • Aerospace legal experience
  • Startup and/or inhouse experience
  • Technical background
What we offer:
All our positions offer a compensation package that includes equity and robust benefits.
Base pay is a single component of Astranis's total rewards package, which may also include equity in the form of incentive stock options, high quality company-subsidized healthcare, disability and life insurance benefits, flexible PTO, 401(K) retirement, and free on-site catered meals.
Astranis pay ranges are informed and defined through professional-grade salary surveys and compensation data sources. The actual base salary offered to a successful candidate will additionally be influenced by a variety of factors including experience, credentials & certifications, educational attainment, skill level requirements, and the level and scope of the position.
Base Salary
$150,000$230,000 USD
U.S. Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residency, or Refugee/Asylee Status Required
(To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States, or other protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3))
Our mission and our products are meant to connect the world and everyone in it, regardless of gender, race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.