Associate Corporate Counsel for Employment & Volunteer Engagement

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.

Published

07/20/2018

Address

New York
New York
United States

Description

Associate Corporate Counsel for Employment & Volunteer Engagement [EXEC-19], Office of Corporate Counsel, NY

Office: National Offices, New York, NY

Location: New York

 

JULY 20, 2018

 

Associate Corporate Counsel for Employment & Volunteer Engagement [EXEC-19]

American Civil Liberties Union

Office of Corporate Counsel, NY

 

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.

 

OVERVIEW

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.


 

 

COMPENSATION

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.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: hrjobsincl@aclu.org.  Correspondence sent to this email address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

hrjobsEXEC@aclu.org
https://www.aclu.org/careers/associate-corporate-counsel-employment-volunteer-engagement-exec-19-office-corporate-counsel

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.


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