Associate Legal Counsel

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    Berlin, Germany
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 25

Position description

Associate Legal Counsel, General Counsel, Berlin, Deadline: 11/09/2018

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is a very active global group with staff in New York, Berlin 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 issue or other corporate matter.

Job Profile

The Associate General Counsel is a full time position based in Berlin that works on matters that include advising staff and senior management on contracts, grants, business operations, organizational policies, governance, and regulatory compliance, as well as providing staff training with respect to these areas. Work is carried out both independently and in teams.

The position is initially offered as a parental leave cover position, for a fixed term of 12 months, with a possible extension of up to another 6 months or a possible transformation into a permanent position at the end of the fixed term. No guarantees are made or implied with respect to such extension/transformation.

Essential duties and responsibilities may include:
  • advising on employment law matters based on German employment law regulations;
  • advising on basic corporate transactions including service agreements, consultancies, commercial contracts such as software agreements, leases and vendor agreements, and financial transactions;
  • advising on non-profit law, including compliance with regulations applicable to various OSF entities such as political activity restrictions;
  • advising with respect to international grant making;
  • advising on the development and implementation of organizational policies;
  • providing general nonprofit corporate advice, including creation, governance, and administration of legal entities internationally;
  • providing training on legal issues and compliance to staff at all levels;
  • other duties as assigned;
  • travel may be required.


Candidate Profile

The Associate General Counsel will have at least three years of law firm and/or in-house experience (or equivalent), including significant employment law experience and general corporate experience, who is interested in becoming an all-purpose generalist in our in-house legal department. Additional qualifications include:
  • law degree (J.D.) from an accredited university (law school) and bar admission to practice law in Germany;
  • significant employment law experience;
  • experience working in the non-profit field preferred;
  • familiarity with data protection issues a plus;
  • excellent communication (verbal and written), including in a virtual environment, both in English and in German
  • excellent contract drafting and negotiating skills detail oriented with excellent follow-through;
  • must be a team player with a practical, business-oriented approach to problem-solving, tempered by an appreciation for legal complexity and risk;
  • superior organizational and strong interpersonal skills with the ability to listen effectively;
  • expert in identifying and resolving complex issues;
  • integrity, professional discretion and ability to handle sensitive/confidential matters;
  • extraordinary initiative, creative thinker with strong judgment and analytical skills;
  • strong relationship builder and communicator with experience building partnerships;
  • experience managing inter and intra organizational relationships in complex organizational environments;
  • 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.


Competitive rates of pay apply.

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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