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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
General Counsel Responsibilities: Ensure day-to-day domestic and international legal needs of all departments are adequately met through management and coordination of outside counsel. Advise on legal issues and potential exposures through individual or group meetings, seminars or written opinions. Assist in basic employment law and labor issues as needed. Review, negotiate and/or draft contracts, leases, sample documents, policy statements, disclosures, solicitations, reports, publications and releases for internal and external dissemination, including documentation and processes related to grants. Advise on critical brand protection areas relating to IP and information management, including data privacy and cyber security. Specific areas include nonprofit status and obligations, governance, and internal investigations. Oversee legal resources for global compliance with law, regulations and directives. Manage counter-terrorism, fraud reporting and whistleblower policies and procedures. Prepare and manage annual budget, and establish and manage outside pro bono and paid legal service provider relationships. Manage the compliance office that supports enterprise risk management. Identify and facilitate the process to reduce areas of risk exposure. Survey regulatory and legal operating environments to determine risks and recommend actions or options available to mitigate such risks. Attend meetings of the Leadership Team as needed and meet with senior managers and other staff to obtain information about current and future projects and activities contemplated. Review key project summaries, publications and other materials produced by each office or center to identify potential legal exposure. Work with counsel for other non-profit agencies on legal issues of common interest to the non-profit and NGO communities. Oversee relationships with outside legal counsel providing legal services in the US; assist with management of legal counsel relationships internationally and as requested by country offices; participate on committees, task forces, and in seminars to educate internal clients on managing legal risk and exposure. Be available to all staff to listen and advise on work related to legal and ethical issues. Attend meetings of the Leadership Team as needed to participate with senior managers in the development and implementation of WRI strategy and operations. Assume responsibility for management of operational and strategic implementation as determined by the Leadership Team. Provide guidance and counsel and serve as the Secretary to the Board of Directors ensuring that appropriate governance processes are executed. Review and approve minutes of the proceedings of the Board and ensure that meetings of the By-Law Committees are appropriately documented. Provide advice and guidance to the Board in its execution of its duties. Work with the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO to ensure Board fiduciary materials are compliant with local regulations and oversight bodies.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: JD Degree from an ABA-accredited law school and a license to practice law in a duly constituted governmental body of any state or territory of the USA or the District of Columbia, and not suspended or disbarred. 7-10 years of legal practice as an attorney with 5-7 years of experience at a major law firm working with employment law, nonprofit, US Government or multilateral donor requirements, and/or corporate law. Understanding of and commitment to the underlying environmental, sustainability and substantive strategic areas of strategic significance to Institute. Excellent verbal and written communications and negotiations skills; excellent analytical abilities and legal research skill; proficiency in word processing and internet research; ability to work in a diverse environment. Knowledge of a foreign language; experience in managing a legal department, experience in training and making presentations all a plus. Preferred: International experience in developing and emerging economy countries a plus. 2-4 years of experience as in-house counsel in an international non-profit organization that receives support from multiple donor types and streams and conducts operations in multiple developing nations or equivalent experience. Proficiency in US Government grants and contracts regulations and providing guidance and advice in governing various business types. Familiarity with soliciting and fundraising in multi-state contexts.
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