The Office of the General Counsel handles a wide variety of domestic and international legal issues in many fields, including exempt organizations law and compliance with tax laws and regulations applicable to private foundations. The Office of the General Counsel also provides general corporate advice; advising with respect to domestic and international grantmaking; and advising with respect to employment law, intellectual property issues, and real estate matters.
Job Profile Reviewing legal documents, drafting legal agreements, and other legal documents under various levels of supervision, including: Liaising with lawyers regarding legal compliance issues; Ensuring compliance with internal policies and procedures; and Identifying the need for new and revised templates and procedures that reflect the needs of programs. Managing a client portfolio with primary responsibility for answering inquiries, drafting legal documentation, conducting research, and assisting with providing legal advice for various levels of issues, and other matters specific to the portfolio Participating in trainings, and acting as a specialist for established portfolio, which may include specialized knowledge in areas of law, and/or the needs of OSF programs and/or OSF regions Performing legal research to assist the legal team to prepare accurate and timely reports, legal advice (under supervision), case files, and other legal documents Assisting with the support of the organization’s contract management system, including review and prioritization of enhancements Using available technology to review compliance matters, including conflict of interest and matters relative to the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control Managing a large amount of complex data using various tools and software applications (most using Salesforce), including running and analyzing reports Assisting with preparation of lists, status charts, and data management integral to the department Organizing legal files and materials so that they are easily accessed and retrieved without compromising the confidentiality or privacy of the information they contain May provide meeting support, (e.g., scheduling meetings, set-up for trainings, and ensuring meeting conference room and equipment are available) May provide administrative support, (e.g., answering phones, printing, copying, scanning, filing, managing status charts, updating work files, and performing relevant record-keeping) Developing internal relationships with OSF staff Coordinating legal documents to be certified or legalized
Candidate Profile Bachelors Degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent experience/education. 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in a situation relevant to the duties of this role is typically required to develop the skills required for this role. Advanced level of written and spoken English is required Demonstrated interest and experience with legal concepts Familiarity with research concepts Understanding of cross-cultural sensitivity High level of attention to detail, and organization skills Familiarity with data management software – Salesforce, preferred Superior Excel, data analysis, and/or database experience Comfortable working independently and on a team Experience working with multiple clients to resolve legal issues, and interacting with high needs clients Familiarity with the legal aspects of grant making Experience conducting legal research and analysis (i.e., comfortable reading and analyzing legal documentation) Experience with contract review and writing Experience with organizing administrative tasks, (e.g., scheduling meetings, preparing expense reports, organizing information, maintaining confidentiality) Work Environment and Physical Demands: Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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