Assistant Corporate Counsel, Contracts

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and internationally from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.

Position Summary

NRDC is seeking a Senior Contracts Attorney to work with the Corporate Counsel team. The Senior Contracts Attorney oversees the NRDC/NRDC Action Fund contracting function within the Corporate Counsel department. The position can be located in any NRDC office across the country.


  • Draft, review and negotiate institutional contracts for all programs and departments. Drafting includes the preparation of custom agreements based on staff input on business terms.
  • Advise programs/departments on the interpretation of, and compliance with, contractual arrangements.
  • Advise programs/departments on ancillary issues such as independent contractor classification, treatment of interns and volunteers, etc.
  • Assist programs/departments with dispute resolution issues.
  • Implement, monitor and evaluate the full range of institutional policies and procedures relating to contracting, and work with other departments to facilitate the achievement of institutional objectives as they relate to contracting.
  • Develop contract templates and manage their utilization.
  • Oversee the management of the institutional contracts software platform.
  • Manage outside counsel providing contract review/negotiation services.
  • Develop and implement contract training for staff.
  • Supervise Corporate Counsel staffs to the extent they are involved in the review and negotiation of contracts.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Corporate Counsel or the Deputy Corporate Counsel.


  • Law degree and 6-8 years of law practice.
  • Excellent drafting, negotiation, research, and written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical ability, sound judgment, strategic orientation, and interpersonal maturity.
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment with a workforce distributed across multiple offices, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines with strong attention to detail.
  • Integrity, professional discretion and ability to handle sensitive/confidential matters.
  • Flexibility and ability to work well independently on multiple projects with a wide variety of people, at all levels of the organization and across offices/remote work locations.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission.

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with skills and experience. The job grade for this role is In House Counsel-Solves 4 with a salary range between $140,000 and $150,000. Internal equity considerations and the average salary of the peer range will be reviewed before making a final offer.

To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
New York, NY, USA

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