The ACLU’s Office of Corporate Counsel provides legal guidance for the ACLU’s national corporate and operational affairs. We seek applicants for a full-time Associate Corporate Counsel for Employment & Volunteer Engagement to join this team and help meet the legal needs of the organization as a whole, but in particular to help guide the ACLU’s engagement and oversight of employees, independent contractors and volunteers. This is a new position, to be based in New York City, and the new Associate Counsel will report to the ACLU’s Chief Corporate Counsel.
The Office of Corporate Counsel handles a broad range of matters including:
Negotiating and drafting contracts and other agreements, including agreements with coalition partners, consultants and vendors
Advising and training ACLU staff regarding legal compliance, including compliance with:
Tax laws applicable to Section 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations
State laws regarding corporate governance and conduct of business
Federal and state lobbying and campaign finance laws
State charitable solicitation laws; and
Nonprofit best practices
Advising and training ACLU staff regarding intellectual property matters, including licensing, trademark protection, media production and copyright law
Managing corporate litigation matters; and
Advising ACLU staff attorneys regarding rules of professional conduct as they apply to the representation of clients in civil liberties matters
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Associate Corporate Counsel for Employment and Volunteer Engagement will receive training in all of the areas listed above, and will work closely with other attorneys in the office in handling the full range of those matters. Across all types of matters, however, this individual will focus on the following areas:
Lead the team’s practice with regard to the engagement, training and oversight of employees, consultants and volunteers
Work closely and collaboratively with the Human Resources department and other departments across the organization to provide primary legal support in developing new standards and processes for engaging human resources efficiently and with minimal risk
Take the lead in developing legal guidance materials and providing organization-wide training for managers and all those involved in our volunteer engagement systems
Work, as needed, on other assignments within the purview of the Corporate Counsel’s office
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
J.D. from an accredited law school and admitted to practice in New York State, or able to gain admission for in-house practice
A minimum of three years practicing law in a U.S. law firm or law department, including a significant amount of work on employment- and volunteer-related legal matters
Substantial familiarity with a range of legal concepts regarding the engagement and oversight of human resources
Experience both training and counseling managers on varied legal aspects of supervising employees and volunteers
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excellent legal research and legal briefing skills
Ability to handle confidential organizational matters
Commitment to diversity and inclusion within the workplace; A personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance
Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
Excellent time management skills; the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and manage multiple projects simultaneously, often under strict deadlines
In addition, any of the following is a significant advantage:
familiarity with federal and state laws regarding tax-exempt and nonprofit organizations
substantial experience in negotiating or drafting contracts
experience with large-scale volunteer management systems; or familiarity with insurance coverages for employee and volunteer activities.
The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send cover letter, resume and writing sample, such as a legal research memo or article by email to hrjobsEXEC@aclu.org. Reference [EXEC-19/ACLU-W] in subject line.
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.