The Legal Affairs Department reports directly to the Sorority’s Executive Director, External Legal Advisor, Chair of the Council of Legal Advisors and Council of Legal Advisors. The Deputy Director supports the Director of Legal Affairs in the management of the Sorority’s diverse legal needs including matters related to: commercial issues; operational and professional service agreements; MOUs, sponsorship and partnership agreements, enterprise risk management, governance, compliance, media and communications, litigation and intellectual property. The Deputy will assist with legal department operations and may manage other Department personnel. The Legal Department is a small department and supports the operations of the Sorority’s National Headquarters, its Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, and the Council of Legal Advisors.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Review and negotiate a variety of commercial agreements, including convention/conference/meeting center and hotel contracts, service agreements, trademark licensing agreements, sponsorship or partnership agreements; • Research and draft legal memorandum;
• Support the Council of Legal Advisors;
• Assist in the development and implementation of department policies, procedures and processes;
• Draft and present educational training presentations to the organization’s internal departments and clients;
• Assist in the intake, management, and delegation of legal requests;
• Directs the Office of Legal Affairs in the absence of the Director;
• Performs duties outside the office setting and outside normal work hours when required to attend evening meetings and to meet deadlines, as assigned;
• Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school or university;
• At least five years prior working experience working in a law firm, governmental or in-house setting, accustomed to handling a high volume of projects, with at least two years of experience supervising others;
• Admitted to or qualifies for admission to the District of Columbia Bar;
• Working knowledge of social media platforms and operational processes;
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
• Organized, detail-oriented and strong follow-up skills;
• Motivated, self-starter who is able to work independently;
• Ability to handle multiple tasks, take on new responsibilities and prioritize work in a dynamic, often deadline-driven environment;
• Ability to handle multiple tasks, take on new responsibilities and prioritize work in a dynamic, often deadline- driven environment;
• Computer proficiency, including use of Microsoft products; and
• Ability to work effectively with department staff, co-workers, vendors, CEO, board members and leadership.
QUALIFICATIONS CONSIDERED A PLUS
• Substantial experience as a business contract attorney;
• Experience working for a non-profit organization;
• Familiarity with event planning and production best practices; and
• Proficiency that includes Brandshield, IMIS and/or Sharepoint.
• Work performed in an office environment subject to required shelter-in-place restrictions;
• Must be able to work after normal business hours and weekends when necessary to complete work demands, especially when assisting with preparing for a meeting or event;
• Must be able to travel to out-of-town meetings, regional conferences, national conventions and event locations; and
• Performs duties in a sedentary environment; however, the work may require the incumbent climbing up and down stairs; bending and stooping and exerting 10 pounds of force in lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving files and other materials.
About Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(7) organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. Since its founding in 1913, more than 300,000 women have joined the organization. The organization is a sisterhood of predominantly Black, college-educated women. The Sorority currently has more than 950 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, Canada, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Republic of Korea. The Sorority provides an extensive array of public service initiatives through its Five-Point Programmatic Thrust of Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness & Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement.