Closing Date: 15th August, 2024


A Nonprofit Organization seeks an experienced General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer to join its senior leadership team to ensure the legal compliance of all aspects of day-to-day operations, including but not limited to corporate governance, fundraising, tax, intellectual property, privacy, labor and employment, contract, and insurance law. The successful candidate will be an effective guardian of the organization and will facilitate programmatic and operational strategies ensuring legal compliance and limiting risk exposure while maintaining the core impact of the organization. The General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer will be familiar with the accountabilities of a legal role in the non-profit and mission-focused space and will be interested in a role that extends beyond strictly legal matters to encompass responsibilities that support the organization in an administrative and operational capacity. The General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer must be comfortable thinking creatively to generate solutions and exercising strategic judgment to help navigate nuanced situations.

The General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) will report to A Nonprofit Organization's CEO.

Key responsibilities of the General Counsel & CAO, include:
  • As a member of the senior leadership team, work with the CEO and President to provide strategic leadership and guidance to A Nonprofit Organization.
  • Advise leadership and staff on the legal issues affecting the operations of an international nonprofit organization, including corporate governance, finance and tax, charitable solicitation, commercial co-ventures, planned giving, international grantmaking, labor and employment, and lobbying.
  • Fully manage the Human Resources function for A Nonprofit Organization, including supervision of a Human Resources Manager/Office Manager, and advising on legal employment matters and all other facets of HR. Review and revise employee handbook and related policies, oversee disciplinary actions, oversee onboarding and offboarding, and manage the classification of and agreements for US-based and international independent contractors. Stay abreast of developments in federal, multi-state, and international employment law and take all necessary steps to maintain compliance.
  • Support and advise the board of directors, including planning and attending quarterly meetings of the board of directors, drafting and revising corporate policies, bylaws, drafting minutes, preparing agendas, and drafting resolutions.
  • Manage the organization's trademarks and intellectual property portfolio, various insurance policies (including international liability), and draft and review a wide range of contracts, including grant agreements, leases and other contracts.
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with pro bono counsel, and determine how to engage them to support A Nonprofit Organization's legal needs.
  • Draft, train staff, and enforce various organizational policies and procedures, such as policies for gift acceptance, procurement, safeguarding, and workplace policies including the Employee Handbook and related employment policies.
  • Oversee all data privacy and security issues, training, and compliance, including US data privacy and GDPR.
  • Perform any other duties assigned.

Key Competencies & Ideal Profile
We are in search of an experienced non-profit General Counsel with broad-based prior experience and a demonstrated interest in conservation who will flourish in an expanded role that requires a high degree of independence. A proactive and adaptable approach is essential. This role requires a collaborative spirit to engage effectively with colleagues across the organization.

Required Qualifications:
Experience: Minimum of 8 years' experience practicing law, particularly employment and contract law. Familiarity and experience with international law (preferred); Familiarity and experience with nonprofit law (preferred). Prior in-house counsel experience is desired. Experience working with a global organization and familiarity with working cross-culturally and with those of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Education: Juris doctor degree from an accredited law school and admission to practice in at least one state.

Skills: Strong people skills, excellent communication and interpersonal abilities, adept at project management. Comfort exercising strategic judgment to help navigate complex legal situations in furtherance of the organization's mission. Ability to work well in a team setting. Commitment to the mission and values of the organization.