Closing Date: 1st August, 2024

Description:

Position Description:
The Associate General Counsel (Governance and Compliance) is responsible for providing nuanced, practical, and values-aligned legal information and advice to support the programs, operations, and membership of the A Nonprofit Organization. They are attuned to the laws that apply to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations and how they impact the organization and mission, and serve a key role in identifying, assessing, and managing legal risks and opportunities for A Nonprofit Organization and member abortion funds.

Together with the Legal Department, they serve as a trusted advisor and thought partner to A Nonprofit Organization's Board of Directors and across its Departments – particularly the Executive Team, Human Resources, IT, Development, and Operations – to develop and implement strategies and solutions that maintain the health and resiliency of A Nonprofit Organization while centering, and without compromising, its mission and values.

They also collaborate closely with the Technical Assistance and Movement Building teams to offer technical assistance and support to member abortion funds to build the organizational capacity and resiliency needed to withstand scrutiny and attacks from the opposition and navigate the constantly shifting abortion access landscape.

Essential Job Functions:
Legal Oversight and Compliance (approximately 50% of the position)
  • Track legal and legislative developments impacting the governance and operations of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, and advise A Nonprofit Organization's Board of Directors and departments – particularly the Executive Team, Human Resources, IT, Development, and Operations – about how those developments impact and shape their work.
  • Collaborate across departments to define, assess, develop, revise, and implement policies, procedures, and programs that further A Nonprofit Organization's mission and values, effectively manage legal risks, and are compliant with laws applicable to them.
  • Work closely with the Operations Department to draft and review contracts and consult on strategic changes and decisions regarding A Nonprofit Organization's contracts process.
  • Envision, create, and revise resources and materials to support A Nonprofit Organization in identifying, assessing, and managing the legal risks that apply to the organization and its programs.
  • Act as liaison to the Board and, together with the Chief Legal Officer, support the Board in understanding and fulfilling their legal obligations to the organization.
  • Build and manage relationships with outside counsel, as appropriate.

Technical Support for Network (approximately 30% of the position)
  • Envision and create resources and offerings to support member funds in learning about, considering the implications of, and strategizing about legal and legislative developments impacting the governance and operations of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with movement partners and other values-aligned organizations to create and streamline legal resources, support, and opportunities available to member funds.
  • Provide technical assistance to NNAF's member funds to support them in assessing and managing risk and understanding and navigating the laws that apply to them.

Management (approximately 10% of the position)
  • Department Leadership:
    • Collaborate with and support the Chief Legal Officer in effectively implementing department workplans.
  • Organizational Leadership:
    • Serve as a key member of the Leadership Team and leader in the organization and among stakeholders, as applicable.
    • Prepare and present reports and analysis to the Leadership Team, Board of Directors, and funders, when necessary.
    • Translate organizational values into organizational culture, and support effective coordination across departments.
    • Participate in the development, oversight, and evaluation of the Strategic Plan, and create and monitor the department budget and annual operating plan.
  • Supervise assigned staff, as needed and appropriate: Write position descriptions and hire assigned staff. Conduct supervision and evaluations and foster a relationship of mutual feedback. Provide ongoing mentoring to facilitate strategic growth for assigned staff and monitor individual work plans. Conduct necessary performance improvement plans, terminations, and other personnel actions in accordance with personnel policies.

Other (approximately 10% of the position)
  • Actively participate in required convenings, summits, retreats, and staff meetings, and participate in required virtual staff communications.
  • Protect the organization by keeping information confidential.
  • Update professional knowledge by participating in educational opportunities approved by NNAF, maintaining networks, and participating in professional organizations as relevant to your role.
  • Perform duties required of all staff to support smooth internal operations such as submitting timely expense reports, reimbursement requests, and timesheets.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by your supervisor.

Travel Expectations
Ability to travel as the job requires, approximately 6-8 times minimum per year. Travel will primarily be overnight, for approximately 2-5 days, and national. Regardless of where you live, and barring travel delays outside of your control, you must be able to arrive at the destination on-time.

Benchmarks
  • Support NNAF's operational, strategic, and programmatic objectives by serving as a thought partner and providing practical, reliable, and nuanced legal advice to its Board, departments, and staff.
  • Support our network of member funds by staying attuned to the laws that apply to their governance, compliance, and operations and provide legal information, practical advice, and coordination that is responsive, grounded, and values-aligned.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with movement partners and other values-aligned organizations to create and streamline legal resources, support, and opportunities available to member funds.
  • Submit all baseline work accurately and on time every cycle. Baseline work includes bill.com (monthly) submissions or submitting reimbursements within 30 days of expenses, workplanning in Trello (keeping your own annual and quarterly workplan updated and participating in maintaining your department's, if applicable), Slack and email communication (daily), timesheets in ADP (bi-weekly), participating in all staff meetings (monthly) and department meetings, and consistently working core hours.?

Qualifications:
Job experience requirements
  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school.
  • Active license to practice law in any state or territory of the United States.
  • Five or more years of relevant legal experience, such as law firm or in-house employment.

Specific skill sets
  • Experience advising nonprofit organizations, either in-house or as outside counsel, regarding the laws and legal frameworks that apply to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations.
  • Excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills, including the ability to condense complex legal concepts into accurate, practical, and accessible advice and information for non-lawyers, without sacrificing nuance.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including collaborating effectively, understanding and appreciating different perspectives and aligning expectations, recognizing when others should lead, and navigating and maintaining meaningful relationships with coworkers and collaborators.
  • Effective project management skills, including the ability to manage competing priorities, work under pressure and meet deadlines, and quickly and easily adapt strategies and approaches as circumstances change.
  • Demonstrated commitment to giving and receiving feedback that strengthens relationships and helps people grow.
  • Strong writing ability, reading, and comprehension skills, and willingness to absorb considerable amounts of reading materials.

Preferred skill sets
  • Knowledge of the legal frameworks applicable to abortion access, and knowledge of reproductive justice and other social justice frameworks.
  • Experience providing legal advice directly to clients.

Qualities