Job Summary: The ASPCA’s Legal Department helps the ASPCA to achieve its organizational goals of preventing animal cruelty and ending animal homelessness while assessing and managing risk. The Staff Counsel will work closely with the Deputy General Counsel, the SVP and Chief Legal Officer, and the other members of the Legal and Internal Audit Departments to direct, manage and advise on legal matters related to contracts, labor and employment, litigation and strategic project management for specific internal ASPCA clients, working with colleagues across departments and disciplines.
Legal Department Core Values: The Legal Department prioritizes respect for our internal clients, business partners, colleagues and others; excellence in the work that we perform and the advice that we provide; and being present in the life-saving work of the ASPCA by showing up for our colleagues, clients, and constituents.
Attributes of the Ideal Candidate : The ideal candidate will show excellent legal analysis skills, and will be adaptable , dedicated to the ASPCA mission, and empathetic. The candidate must have superb written and oral communication skills as well as demonstrated leadership ability in a dynamic and high-pressure environment. A successful Staff Counsel must have excellent judgment, be self-motivated , professional, and a consummate team player. The ideal candidate will also be a problem solver and able to manage multiple competing deadlines simultaneously.
This is a remote-based position that can be performed from a home office anywhere in the country or from the ASPCA’s midtown location in NYC. Our ideal candidate is so much more than a resume – please take advantage of your cover letter to tell us why you are the right fit for our Legal Department.
Responsibilities include and are not limited to:
Advise and Counsel (70%)
Work in close partnership and collaboration with her or his counterparts across the organization on multidisciplinary and cross-departmental projects and initiatives
Sensibly manage operational risk to foster innovation, security and resilience
Ensure efficient, scalable and compliant expansion into new physical locations and new areas of work
Draft, review, and negotiate various corporate contracts and other legal documents (including confidentiality agreements, licenses, consulting contracts, memoranda of understanding, etc.)
Ensure compliance with state, federal, and local laws and internal policies
In close coordination with the ASPCA’s People Team, manage and advise on legal aspects of labor and employment issues that arise within and between client teams
Conduct comprehensive research and analysis on diverse substantive and procedural issues, including a wide variety of issues relevant to ASPCA initiatives and programs
Counsel internal clients on risk management and strategic program development
Liaise with other generalist attorneys to ensure the highest possible caliber of legal advice being provided to internal clients across the board
Liaise with outside counsel, especially on litigation, labor and employment, intellectual property, and real property matters
Additional Responsibilities (15%)
Educate staff on legal issues/risks facing specific areas of their work through interdepartmental trainings
Draft regular internal reports
Other duties as assigned by the Deputy General Counsel or the SVP and Chief Legal Officer
Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values:
Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
Believes in Team – that we are stronger
Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
Focuses on Impact , specifically making changes for animal
Education and Experience Requirements:
J.D. degree from an ABA accredited U.S. law school
Admitted to practice law in New York strongly preferred
Admission to practice in other jurisdictions in which the ASPCA has key program groups (including, but not limited to Washington D.C., Illinois, California, Florida, and North Carolina) a plus
5-8 years of prior law firm or other comparable experience required; in-house corporate experience (for-profit or nonprofit) a plus
Experience in any of the following areas a plus: Intellectual property, Litigation, General corporate or nonprofit practice, Nonprofit development or finance
Ability to travel up to 10% preferred
A tailored cover letter is required. Applications without cover letters will not be considered. You may address your cover letter to: Hiring Manager
Accepts accountability for and effectively executes responsibilities, Asks questions to identify needs that may not be stated, Contract drafting experience required, Excellent judgment and discretion, especially regarding confidential and sensitive matters, Knowledge of animal law is not required, but a commitment to animal welfare is critical, Knowledge of relevant substantive areas of nonprofit corporate law preferred, Plans, organizes and prioritizes work, Presents information clearly in oral and written form, Strong research and analysis skills
Education and Work Experience:
Our EEO Policy:
The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.
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ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).
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