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Corporate Counsel Duties: First and foremost, project manage a portfolio of real estate transactions, including 3-8 individual transactions at any one time, from initiation to closing to stewardship and beyond. Draft and review Transactions Team contracts, with particular focus on: Purchase and sale agreements, options and all other manner of real estate contracts. vendor contracts, non-disclosure agreements, grant agreements and all other manner of contracts/agreements. Supervise Lands Manager and oversee resolution of issues on Forterraâ€™s fee properties and conservation easements, including without limitation easement violations and amendments, condemnation, trespassing, nonconforming uses, safety hazards, volunteer safety, etc. Manage the response to any circumstance resulting in litigation. Draft and review contracts from other Forterra programs as they are presented. Oversee document retention procedures for contracts, governance, HR. Maintain membership in good standing in Washington State Bar Association, including by meeting CLE credit requirements where possible through representation of legal and strategic expertise in various local, regional and national forums. While still ensuring that necessary legal work is completed on a timely basis, generate revenues in excess of fully loaded annual salary (2 x annual salary). Provide legal advice to the Executive Leadership Team, staff members, and otherwise as requested by the President/CEO and VP Transactions. Ensure actions comport with governing documents and are in compliance with the applicable legal requirements. Develop legal templates for use by staff in dealing with third parties. Advise the Executive Leadership Team on changes in laws, regulations and other legal requirements that may impact. Perform legal review and/or draft Board Resolutions, Decision Memos, Bylaw revisions. Advise the President/CEO on issues arising under Conflict of Interest policies and otherwise on compliance with ethical standards.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: JD Degree and 12+ yearsâ€™ experience in nonprofit and/or general corporate law in either the public or private sector. Extensive knowledge of real estate and financing transactions and contracts law, including familiarity with conservation easements and land stewardship issues, coupled with project management skills. Strong communication skills adaptable to a variety of audiences with ability to transform message into compelling language. Outstanding interpersonal skills that translate well to leadership presence. Demonstrated awareness of, and commitment to, organizational priorities and big picture goals. Strong organizational skills. Comfortable with ambiguity and rapidly changing plans. Ability to work non-standard hours, including evenings, weekends and periods of high-intensity to meet project demands. Travel, Working Conditions, and Physical Environment This position is subject to indoor environmental conditions typical to a professional office setting. The essential physical requirements of this position include: Ability to exert up to 30 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Ability to sit or otherwise remain in a stationary position at a computer workstation for the majority of the work day. Ability to frequently move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office equipment, etc. Ability to constantly operate a computer and other office equipment such as calculators, copy machines, and printers. Ability to communicate accurately and persuasively with co-workers, clients and members of the public about work.
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