Position Summary:
AWI’s general counsel (GC) ensures that the organization remains in compliance with the law in all aspects of AWI operations. The GC protects the organization from undue risk and exposure, helps the organization avoid potential conflicts of interest, formulates and maintains organizational legal policies, and ensures the organization’s sound fiscal management. The GC also provides advice and counsel on litigation and other legal matters that affect the ability of the organization to pursue its mission and maintain sound infrastructure, programs, and fundraising operations.

Job Location:
Washington, DC, headquarters at our suite of historic row houses. Remote work will not be considered for this position; however, any COVID-19 requirements will be followed, and flexible arrangements for a portion of the work week will be considered.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Provide strategic advice and consultation to AWI leadership on all legal matters concerning the operation of the organization and furtherance of its mission
  • Ensure that all policies, procedures, staff, and functional areas of the organization operate in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including all relevant human resources and employment regulations
  • Advise on corporate transactions, including the drafting, reviewing, and negotiating of service agreements, confidentiality agreements, consultancies, financial transactions, and commercial contracts such as software agreements, leases, and vendor agreements
  • Conduct comprehensive research and analysis on diverse substantive and procedural issues
  • Manage organizational legal risk and educate staff on legal issues and/or risks associated with specific program-related actions and plans
  • Conduct outreach to secure outside counsel able to provide pro bono and low-fee services
  • Work with outside counsel regarding litigation and other relevant matters
  • Other duties as assigned by the president and the board of directors

Reports To
The president and the board of directors

Education & Qualifications
  • JD degree from an ABA-approved US law school
  • Preferred undergraduate or graduate degree in business, finance, or a related field; MBA or equivalent master’s degree a plus
  • Admitted to practice law in at least one US state and/or the District of Columbia

Required Experience:
  • Minimum three years’ experience as a general counsel, deputy/associate general counsel, or other in-house counsel or equivalent law firm experience in a corporate/business or nonprofit practice
  • Experience drafting and reviewing contracts, leases, and other legal documents
  • Knowledge of relevant substantive areas of nonprofit corporate/exempt organization law and governance requirements, including compliance with US tax laws and regulations
  • Knowledge of First Amendment law as it pertains to publications
  • Working knowledge of local, state, and federal labor and employment laws and regulations

Preferred/Beneficial Experience
  • Familiarity with animal welfare, environmental, and administrative law and litigation
  • Prior nonprofit experience, including nonprofit fundraising experience
  • Familiarity with intellectual property law
  • Familiarity with estate planning
  • Familiarity with DC landlord/tenant law

  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize heavy workload and work independently with minimal supervision