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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary Duties: Assume ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the organization conducts its business incompliance with applicable laws and regulations, specifically including adherence to any terms or conditions imposed by and/or agreed upon with USAID including concerning eligibility to bid for or perform USAID grants or contracts. Participate in the definition and development of corporate policies, procedures and programs and provide continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters. Maintain and develop the legal and contractual infrastructure required of a US based nonprofit organization which operates internationally, including organizational policy, document retention, filing and registration requirements, labor and immigration law, contracts, leases, affiliate agreements, and cross border financial transactions. Responsible for leading corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives in negotiating critical contracts. Provide senior management with effective advice on organization strategies and their implementation, The General Counsel is directly involved in complex business transactions. Judge the merits of cases filed against or on behalf of the company, works with the appropriate executive(s) to define a strategic defense and approves settlements of disputes where warranted. Provide guidance and assistance for internal investigations and adjudication. Oversee the selection, retention, management and evaluation of all outside counsel. Advice on all legal aspects of the organization’s financing, including assessing and advising on current and future business structures and legal entities. Work with business counterparts to provide solutions to legal issues raised in contractual negotiations and on-going programs and develop risk mitigation strategies as appropriate. Advise on various issues such as compliance, corporate governance, fiduciary duty, ethics and strategic transactions, including working with the Chief of Compliance to design and implement a robust ethics and compliance program to emphasize role as an awardees of federal contracts and grants. Responsible for interpreting agreements to which is a party, as well as all statutory laws, including the Foreign Assistance Act, as amended, and other legislation affecting. Draft, review and negotiate a wide range of consulting, business and administrative agreements and legal documents in connection with work. Represent in making presentations before internal and external committees, boards, commission, and/or other governmental organizations as necessary. Prepares any required internal legal, risk management, or compliance reports. Ensures compliance with applicable laws and regulations governing the operation of a 501©non-profit organization: for example, filing and registration requirements, labor law, legal issues related to international activities, including U.S. and foreign tax issues.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Must have a JD Degree or higher degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). 10+ years’ experience in a law firm environment or experience working specifically for an internationally-oriented not for profit development organization. Must have been admitted to the Bar and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of PuertoRico. Demonstrated ability to manage a legal unit engaged in a broad range of legal issues. Sufficient management and professional experience, business acumen, judgment and integrity to effectively serve all staff and donors while protecting, representing and advancing best interests. Proven negotiation, drafting and analytical skills, including experience negotiating with sophisticated, parties Excellent oral and written communication skills Experience working on matters of corporate governance and with a board of directors Expertise with Federal Acquisition Regulations (“FAR”), DCAA, Sanctions and Denied Parties, SAID and other donor regulations. Broad experience providing oversight of government or regulatory agreements Demonstrated ability to serve effectively as a member of executive leadership team in ensuring the organization successfully fulfills its mission. Experience living or working outside the United States, and/or significant experience working with people from non-US cultures.
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