Job Details

Associate General Counsel - Due Diligence

Company name

International Rescue Committee

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Jun 19, 2020

Valid Through

Oct 02, 2020

Posted on

May 28, 2020

Years of Experience

8-10 yrs required


New York City, NY, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
International Law >> International Law
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Associate General Counsel - Due Diligence
Duties: Works on matters related to due diligence. will research prospective funding sources (including corporations, foundations, individuals, government, and quasi-government entities) and conduct detailed due diligence on each, to support prioritization and selection work for donor engagement. This area of work aims primarily to support effective engagement with the private sector, but will include supporting engagement across all potential sources of funding. At the same time, will ensure that positive relationships with all donors and public associations/links to third parties, individuals, and other entities are built in alignment with the organization’s integrity and ethical standards. Shall report to the General Counsel but work closely with the Vice President, International Development in order to lead development of global due diligence policy function. shall also lead the undertaking of regular and ad-hoc donor intelligence work and oversee the organization’s gift acceptance policy. Will be expected to identify developments, issues, and situations that require internal collaboration with other in-house counsel, compliance professionals, and/or representatives of business units or other corporate functions, or consultation with outside counsel. Will involve extensive contact with senior management and representatives of the business units and corporate functions across the organization in multiple offices. Ensure engagement with governments, quasi-government entities, corporations, foundations, global high net worth individuals (HNWI), and other entities is undertaken according to existing ethical standards, criteria, and policies, and that IRC is equipped with the necessary information to assess and handle potential ethical and reputational risks involved. Coordinate gift acceptance policy and process, working closely with Global Philanthropy and Partnerships (GPP) and other relevant departments across the organization. Serve as the main focal point for commissioning and interacting with specialized due diligence third-party firms to further improve reports and internal processes . Lead the implementation of the due diligence process with a focus on research, screening, and risk assessment of entities considered by IRC for potential engagement. Lead the drafting of screening reports against results-oriented deadlines and upload final reports to an online database. Develop insights and make associated decisions related to IRC research and due diligence. Conduct additional research as needed, including research on sector trends, for use in briefings, meetings, and presentations. Lead efforts to ensure robust knowledge management, including data quality assurance of a customer relationship management (CRM) database, the financial management tools and systems, and available information on dedicated intranet pages. Identify meaningful information (from both internal and external sources) on ethical business and sustainability issues and ensure timely dissemination among colleagues concerned with public and private-sector engagement. Prepare timely due diligence reports on potential third-party public associations, government, quasi-government, corporations, foundations, and global HNWI prospective donors in standard format and with meaningful content. Develop the organization’s standardized workflow and subsequent standard operating procedures (SOPs) for decision-making around due diligence criteria and gift acceptance. Recommendations, insights, and research reports on risks and risk management actions to be considered when evaluating funding or other public relationships with third parties/prospective donors submitted for screening. Briefings on sustainability and integrity issues related to strategic industries and sectors. Legal advice and consultation to GPP, CRRD and RAI Programs Departments and to the field, including review of fundraising materials and drafting agreements. Advising on the development and implementation of organizational policies. Providing general nonprofit corporate advice and advising on exempt organizations law, including creation, governance, administration and regulation of legal entities in the US and abroad.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Advanced degree (JD Degree/LLM) from an accredited law school. Must be admitted to practice in New York State. 8-10 years of US or international law firm and/or in-house experience (or equivalent), with experience in the development of high-quality research and due diligence products, preferably in the international humanitarian or development sectors. Interested in becoming an all-purpose generalist in our in-house legal department. Must be a team player with a practical, business-oriented approach to problem-solving, tempered by an appreciation for legal complexity and risk. Ability to conduct business in French, Arabic and/or Spanish (written and spoken) strongly preferred. Experience working in the exempt organizations field strongly preferred.

Additional info

Requisition ID: req9140

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
International Rescue Committee
122 East
42nd Street
New York City, NY 10168-1289