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New Leaders Senior Legal Counsel in United States

Position Details

The Senior Legal Counsel will be based out of a home office located anywhere within the contiguous United States (Pacific, Mountain, Central, and Eastern time zones) or United States territories that fall within the Atlantic time zone.

Position Overview

The Senior Legal Counsel (“SLC”) provides high-quality legal advice and guidance to all teams at New Leaders to advance the organization’s mission and vision and mitigate risk. This generalist role is a critical member of the Legal team across all applicable areas of law supporting an innovative, mission-driven non-profit. The SLC is also responsible for setting the annual strategic priorities for legal and overseeing implementation of legal functions, systems, and processes to provide legal advice effectively and efficiently. The SLC collaborates with senior leaders to understand the needs of all teams and functional areas.

The SLC reports to the Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel.

Specific Responsibilities:

Strategy and high-quality legal advice

• Determine the annual strategic priorities for legal functions.

• Collaborate with the Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel on the longer-term legal strategy.

• Provide high-quality, timely, and effective legal advice to address legal issues for the organization, including data privacy and security, intellectual property, tax, labor and employment law, and other issues.

• Advise on legal aspects of public funding initiatives, including but not limited to public grants and state and local education agency procurement and contracting.

• Advise on legal aspects of the organization’s training programs.

• Advise on protection and use of the organization’s intellectual property, including but not limited to copyrights, trademarks, and IP licensing.

• Conduct comprehensive legal research into critical organization questions.

• Provide other legal advice and counsel as needed.

Governance and Compliance

• Oversee updating, application, training, and communications of and regarding internal policies and procedures.

• Advise on and maintain compliance with lobbying and reporting obligations.

• Advise on and maintain compliance with non-profit and charitable requirements and best practices.

• Advise on and maintain compliance with EEOC and non-discrimination requirements.

• Advise on and maintain compliance with state and local requirements for programs and operations.

• Advise on and maintain compliance with tax and audit requirements and best practices.

• Advise on issues regarding conflicts of interest and disclosures.

Dispute Resolution and Risk Management

• Support dispute resolution, including supervision of and coordination with outside counsel and insurance providers.

• Support HR function, including updating and implementing employee-focused policies and advising on employment and benefits law.

• Conduct legal support and risk assessments for current and new initiatives and programming, including by structuring projects, advising on legal issues, reviewing and drafting documents, identifying and protecting intellectual property, and assessing legal risks.

Contracts and Grants

• Oversee contracts lifecycle, including drafting and maintaining templates; and negotiating, reviewing, and drafting contracts of various types (service agreements, MOUs, license agreements, grant agreements, etc.).

• Support responses to RFPs, RFQs, grant applications, and similar opportunities.

Lead a high-performing, results-oriented team committed to excellence, including:

• Provide excellent client service and advice to the organization and manage Senior Manager, Legal Operations to do the same.

• Oversee and ensure effective implementation of legal functions, systems, and processes including through documentation, knowledge management, creation of self-service supports, and other initiatives.

• Develop strong relationships with and seek input from other New Leaders teams, approach interactions with other teams with a customer-service mindset, and contribute to overall organizational success.

• Develop and successfully manage to project plans.

• Recruit and work with outside counsel and experts, as needed.

• Supervise occasional law student interns.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Skills, Experiences & Competencies:

Belief that every student, in every circumstance, can achieve the highest levels of academic excellence, and passionate commitment to New Leaders’ mission and vision.

• A law degree from an accredited institution required.

• Applicable state bar membership required.

• At least 10-12 years of overall work experience, with at least 8 years of client-service legal experience, required. Experience working in-house and/or with a non-profit organization preferred.

• Equity-driven with demonstrated ability to work well with people from a wide diversity of demographic and cultural characteristics; must be capable of achieving results while maintaining an inclusive, collaborative leadership style.

• A capable relationship-builder who is comfortable advising at senior levels.

• Proven experience in creating effective working relationships between legal and non-legal staff.

• Proven experience managing a high volume of requests for legal work in a fast-paced environment.

• Excellent analytical, drafting, negotiation, and oral and written communication skills.

• Strong client-service orientation with proven experience effectively supporting clients.

• Computer proficiency, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.

• Ability to travel on occasion aligned to New Leaders’ Travel and In-Person Activities policy.

New Leaders requires each employee to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccination (i.e., at least two weeks have passed since the employee received the dose of a single-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine with at least the minimum recommended interval between doses) or to obtain an approved exemption or reasonable accommodation through the People Development & Human Resources team within six weeks of their start date as a term and condition of employment.

If you are an applicant who resides in Colorado, please email compensationinquiries@newleaders.org regarding total compensation. Please include the following information in your outreach: your name, the city where you live, your email address, and the title of the position about which you are inquiring.

Employees regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week are eligible to participate in the New Leaders Health Benefits and Wellness Program, through which New Leaders offers two robust medical plan options, dental care, vision, and other benefits. New Leaders also offers a 401K plan for eligible employees and generous paid-time-off benefits. Employees may also be eligible for merit awards, bonuses, and/or commissions depending on the role, organizational guidelines, and individual performance.

New Leaders is an equal opportunity employer. New Leaders evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical disability, handicap, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition, marital or familial status, family responsibilities, veteran status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, or any other characteristic protected by law in administration and operation of its Programs and activities, including admission or access thereto, or treatment or employment therein. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of such status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such status.

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