The Deputy General Counsel is responsible for assisting the General Counsel in leading corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives. The Deputy General Counsel, in conjunction with the General Counsel, provides senior management with effective advice on company strategies and their implementation, manages the legal function, and obtains and oversees the work of outside counsel. The Deputy General Counsel is directly involved in complex business transactions, negotiating critical contracts, managing litigation and advising on regulatory compliance. Together, with General Counsel are the organization’s chief legal advisors, responsible for overseeing the organization’s legal affairs, including its in-house corporate affairs, corporate governance and programmatic legal matters.
Participates in the definition and development of corporate policies, procedures and programs and provides continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters, including, but not limited to: finance, corporate governance, contracts, insurance, risk management, real estate, and employment matters.
Assists the General Counsel as key lawyer/legal advisor on all major business transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures.
Evaluates the merits of legal claims filed against or on behalf of the company, works with the appropriate executive(s) to define a strategic defense and, in consultation with the General Counsel, approves settlements of disputes where warranted. Monitors and manages any litigation.
Helps to ensure that the company conducts its business in compliance with applicable federal, state, and city laws and regulations.
Assists in structuring and managing the company’s internal legal function and staff.
Together with the General Counsel, oversees the selection, retention, management and evaluation of all outside counsel.
Assesses and advises on current and future business structures, financial transactions and legal entities.
Performs other duties as assigned by the General Counsel.
Adheres to the organization’s policy in regards to absenteeism and appearance
Knowledge, Skills And Requirements
At least five years’ experience as a practicing attorney, preferably with a prominent national law firm, or in a senior in-house or legal service position.
First-chair experience in significant litigation or transactional matters; experience with supervision and management of support staff and/or outside legal resources
Exposure to or familiarity with specific areas of law, such as: corporate governance, litigation, health care regulation, antitrust, contracts, real estate law and/or privacy.
Familiarity with the New York State Not-For-Profit Corporations Act.
Focus on client service; willingness to learn new areas of law and business, and adapt to changing business and regulatory environment.
At least two years of supervisory experience.
Problem solving abilities while multi-tasking; ability to exercise sound judgment
Strong analytical and computer skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excellent customer service, time management and organizational skills
Working Conditions/Physical Demand: Business Office Environment with phone and computer use; Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand; ability to travel to other sites.
Selfhelp complies with all Federal, State and Local laws in regards to wages.