The Foundation seeks an experienced, high-performing attorney with background in exempt organization and/or intellectual property law. The Assistant General Counsel will assist the Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary and Associate General Counsel in providing legal representation to the Foundation on a wide range of matters.

Position Details:

The Assistant General Counsel reports directly to the Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary and works closely with the Associate General Counsel, outside counsel, grant management associates, and program and operational staff throughout the Foundation. Among the responsibilities of the Assistant General Counsel are the following:

  • Assist in providing day-to-day legal counsel to Foundation staff on a wide variety of subjects, particularly in exempt organization, tax, intellectual property, contract, grant, and employment matters
  • Draft and review provisions of grant award letters and other grant-related documents
  • Draft, negotiate, and review numerous contracts, including intellectual property agreements
  • Keep current on new and emerging laws relevant to Foundation work, conduct legal research, and write legal and other memoranda for a range of audiences
  • Advise and provide training on the interpretation and application of laws and policies
  • Participate in and advise as needed on special projects throughout the Foundation
  • Assist in monitoring compliance with tax and not-for-profit corporation laws applicable to private foundations
  • Coordinate work with outside counsel.
  • Travel required

Required Skills and Experience:

The successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • A J.D. and at least 6 years of legal experience including experience with exempt organization law. Knowledge of private foundation law and/or intellectual property law is required
  • Superior academic record and writing and speaking abilities
  • Excellent negotiation, legal drafting, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated track record of providing a positive, creative, problem-solving approach to challenging legal issues
  • Outstanding work ethic and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage a heavy workload, to handle multiple tasks effectively and efficiently, and to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced work environment
  • Significant experience that demonstrates professionalism, outstanding judgment, discretion, and integrity
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues
  • Ability to proactively anticipate and act upon the legal work of the office
  • Appreciation for a friendly and collegial work environment

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