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Corporate - Investment Company Act Attorney in Washington, DC

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

May 05, 2021

Posted on

May 04, 2021

Years of Experience

7-10 yrs required


Washington, DC, United States
Practice Area
Corporate >> Corporate - Investment Company Act
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Duties: Maintain the highest level of professional and ethical standards, acting in compliance with both the letter and spirit of applicable laws and regulations. Serve as the board secretary, advising the Board of Directors’ activities as they pertain to governance, regulations, minutes, bylaws, oversight and conduct, and IRS compliance. Lead Enterprise Risk Management processes, engaging board and staff leadership on how to manage risk, and implementing risk management projects and strategies. Advise on emerging trends and provide insight on the regulatory and legal climate by tracking the development of issues that impact tax-exempt organizations. Oversee litigation and dispute resolution. Ensure legal services and advice to Human Resources separation of employment, conflict of interest, and general employment and labor law compliance. Oversee protection of **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.’s intellectual property rights. Advise and negotiate commercial contracts and other operational agreements. Provide guidance to the Board of Directors, Executive Team, and senior team members on legal matters related to all aspects of organizational operations. Serve on the organization’s Executive Team, shaping the direction of the organization and weighing in on critical programmatic and operational decisions. Serve as organizational representative and spokesperson at public meetings, formal and informal briefings, and workshops on complex legal issues related to work. Support and foster a culture of innovation while facilitating legally complex innovations, partnerships, grants, and contracts. Serve on the organization’s Grants Committee to review, offer feedback, and approve the organization’s largest grants. Collaborate with the Senior Counsel, Law Clerk, and other colleagues across the Operations and People team to provide training and legal guidance to staff on a range of topics related to 501©(3) and 501©(4) activities. Collaborate with the Senior Counsel and Law Clerk to maintain the legal repository and record for legal opinions and decisions. Direct the Senior Counsel and Law Clerk in researching legal issues and reviewing legal documents. Oversee the selection and management of outside counsels and advisors; engage outside counsel to provide legal analysis where needed. Maintain a strong internal culture of compliance with IRS non-profit laws and governance best practices. Collaborate with the Legal team to set ambitious, motivating, and realistic priorities to foster smart risk taking across the organization while maintaining a strong culture of compliance. Empower direct reports by providing ongoing guidance and feedback on their tasks, projects, and overall professional development. Develop and manage annual budgets for the legal team. Help shape goals and actively work to support the success of colleagues across the organization. Cultivate an organizational culture that is highly collaborative, positive, productive, and that drives impact through continuous improvement and learning. Be an active and visible sponsor of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: JD Degree from an accredited law school, and license to practice in the District of Columbia or willingness to waive into the DC Bar. 7-10 years of experience, strongly preferred as a philanthropic/tax exempt organizations attorney including experience at a law firm, a private foundation, or family office. Experience managing legal issues facing tax-exempt organizations, such as 501©(4)s, in an affiliated organization structure is a major plus. Strong proficiency with grantmaking; experience in program-related investments, mission-related investments, and other impact investments is a plus. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to clearly present legal concerns and recommendations to a non-legal audience. A self-starter with the ability to exercise independent judgment and focus on effective resolution of legal issues. The flexibility and adaptability needed to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Detailed knowledge of the rules and regulations governing private foundations, public charities, and social welfare organizations. Demonstrated track record of providing a positive, creative, and problem-solving approach to address challenging legal issues. A professional demeanor with demonstrated ability to maintain discretion in dealing with highly confidential information. An effective builder of relationships and networks, gaining trust and achieving results in a collaborative environment. A curious, solutions-oriented mindset when working with principals, foundation team members, and partners. Highly organized, with exceptional time management skills, and a dedication to excellence and integrity. Ability to judge which stakeholders to incorporate into different projects and when to bring in outside counsel. Excellent judgment, especially when it comes to managing and mitigating risk. Being a superior communicator who treats everyone with respect and dignity. Possessing unquestionable ethics and personal integrity.

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