Assistant Legal Counsel

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jun 02

Position description

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is a very active global group with staff in New York, Budapest and London. OGC focuses in the short term on transactional legal advice and compliance; in the medium term on policy making and good governance; and in the long term on helping make OSF an enduring philanthropy. OGC serves as a resource for informed decision-making providing independent, timely and thoughtful advice on the broad range of legal issues that our programs, departments, boards and legal entities face as they pursue their visions of change. It looks to prevent legal problems and solve those that occur, to facilitate transactions, and to build structures that consider the longer-term impacts of a transaction, litigation, governance issues or other corporate matters.
Job Profile
The Assistant General Counsel is a full time position based in New York that works closely with the other OGC attorneys on matters that include advising staff on contracts, grants, business operations, organizational policies, governance, and regulatory compliance, as well as providing staff training with respect to these areas. The Assistant General Counsel will execute work both independently and under the supervision of another attorney. Work is carried out both independently and in teams.

Essential duties and responsibilities will include:
  • Advising on exempt organizations law, domestic and international grant making, basic corporate transactions and financial transactions, and developing and implementing organizational policies.
  • providing general nonprofit corporate advice, including creation, governance, and administration of legal entities in the US and abroad; as well as developing and providing training on legal issues and compliance to staff at all levels.
  • other duties as assigned. Travel may be required.
Candidate Profile
The Assistant General Counsel will have three to five years of US law firm and/or in-house experience (or equivalent) with general corporate or exempt organization experience, who is interested in becoming an all-purpose generalist in our in-house legal department. Additional qualifications include:
  • Advanced degree (J.D.) from an accredited law school
  • must be admitted to practice in New York State or must be willing to be admitted
  • must be a team player with a practical, business-oriented approach to problem-solving, tempered by an appreciation for legal complexity and risk
  • experience working in the exempt organizations field preferred
  • contract drafting experience preferred
  • excellent communication (verbal and written), including in a virtual environment
  • superior organizational and strong interpersonal skills with the ability to listen effectively
  • integrity, professional discretion and ability to handle sensitive/confidential matters
  • initiative, creative thinker with strong judgment and analytical skills
  • strong relationship builder and communicator with experience building relationships with internal clients and external partners, including managing multi-stakeholder projects
  • the ability to work under pressure, manage workload, prioritize, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet deadlines, and maintain a sense of humor within a changing fast-paced environment

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job .

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