The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is a very active global group with staff in New York, Berlin and London. OGC focuses in the short term on transactional legal advice and compliance; in the medium term on policy making and good governance; and in the long term on helping make OSF an enduring philanthropy. OGC serves as a resource for informed decision-making providing independent, timely and thoughtful advice on the broad range of legal issues that our programs, departments, boards and legal entities face as they pursue their visions of change. It looks to prevent legal problems and solve those that occur, to facilitate transactions, and to build structures that consider the longer-term impacts of a transaction, litigation, governance issues or other corporate matters.
The Assistant General Counsel is a full time position based in New York that works closely with the other OGC attorneys on matters that include advising staff on contracts, grants, business operations, organizational policies, governance, and regulatory compliance, as well as providing staff training with respect to these areas. The Assistant General Counsel will execute work both independently and under the supervision of another attorney. Work is carried out both independently and in teams.
Essential duties and responsibilities will include advising on exempt organizations law, domestic and international grant making, basic corporate transactions and financial transactions, and developing and implementing organizational policies. The Assistant General Counsel will also provide general nonprofit corporate advice, including creation, governance, and administration of legal entities in the US and abroad; as well as developing and providing training on legal issues and compliance to staff at all levels. Other duties as assigned. Travel may be required.
The Assistant General Counsel will have three to five years of US law firm and/or in-house experience (or equivalent) with general corporate or exempt organization experience, who is interested in becoming an all-purpose generalist in our in-house legal department. Additional qualifications include:
Advanced degree (J.D.) from an accredited law school
Must be admitted to practice in New York State or must be willing to be admitted
Must be a team player with a practical, business-oriented approach to problem-solving, tempered by an appreciation for legal complexity and risk
Experience working in the exempt organizations field preferred
Contract drafting experience preferred
Excellent communication (verbal and written), including in a virtual environment
Superior organizational and strong interpersonal skills with the ability to listen effectively
Integrity, professional discretion and ability to handle sensitive/confidential matters
Initiative, creative thinker with strong judgment and analytical skills
Strong relationship builder and communicator with experience building relationships with internal clients and external partners, including managing multi-stakeholder projects
The ability to work under pressure, manage workload, prioritize, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet deadlines, and maintain a sense of humor within a changing fast-paced environment
Internal Number: JR-0001535
About Open Society Foundations
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.