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Assistant General Counsel

Company: League of Conservation Voters
Location: Washington
Posted on: April 9, 2021

Job Description:

Reports To: General Counsel & SVP of Strategic Initiatives Positions Reporting to this Position: Law Clerk Location: Flexible Union Position: No Job Classification Level: M-I Salary Range (depending on experience): $85,000-100,000 General Description: LCV believes our earth is worth fighting for because everyone has a right to clean air, water, and a safe, healthy community. To ensure those rights are protected, we help people use their power to shape policy, hold politicians and polluters accountable, and influence elections. Our over 2 million members, our volunteers and staff, and our more than 30 state affiliates (together, the Conservation Voter Movement) work for a more just and equitable democracy, where people-not polluters-determine our future. This movement is an influential network in Washington, DC, in state capitals, and in communities around the country. LCV is hiring an Assistant General Counsel who will be responsible for providing legal counsel and guidance of all LCV family organizations, including a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, a connected federal political action committee, two independent expenditure-only PACs, and two non-federal 527s. The Assistant General Counsel will serve as the primary employment and labor attorney within the Legal & Strategic Initiatives department, joining two attorneys who lead the organizations' legal compliance and risk management efforts. The role will also manage a portfolio of additional issue areas including immigration, intellectual property, cybersecurity and data privacy, insurance and other risk management matters. The ideal candidate brings expertise in key legal issue areas, and is an effective communicator who will embed equity throughout their work. Responsibilities:

  • Act as a key advisor on all employee relations and labor management matters by providing day-to-day legal advice and counseling on a wide range of activities and programs related to employment, labor and human resources matters.
  • Provide legal counsel on all aspects of employment-related advice, including issues related to Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and other federal and state employment laws.
  • Conduct and assist in internal investigations, in collaboration with the Human Resources team and other departments, including but not limited to anti-harassment, EEO, and grievances, and help resolve employee relations issues and complaints.
  • Serve as primary lead within the department for immigration, intellectual property, and cybersecurity matters, working with outside counsel as appropriate.
  • Center racial justice and equity in the design and execution of work, staff engagement, and leadership, and contribute to the goal of becoming an anti-racist organization.
  • Draft and advise on the content of contractual documents, including consulting agreements, operations-side contracts, nondisclosure agreements, liability and other release forms, and severance agreements.
  • Handle issues relating to interactions with federal and state government agencies relating to employment and employment matters, including subpoenas and information requests.
  • Oversee and coordinate all legal matters handled by outside counsel related to employment, labor, immigration, intellectual property, and cybersecurity matters.
  • Track laws, regulations, and litigation that affect the organization's Human Resources and operational policies, and collaborate with the Human Resources team in drafting organizational and personnel policies and procedures in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and that apply a racial justice & equity lens.
  • Develop subject-matter expertise on organizational policies and procedures and deliver training for staff on a variety of topics, with a focus on employment law, that are designed to instill organizational values and accountability.
  • Monitor activities that relate to state affiliates and provide guidance on joint activities, including joint employment.
  • Lead or participate in other special projects and initiatives as assigned.
  • Provide and implement suggestions to increase efficiency and effectiveness of office procedures.
  • Recruit and supervise law clerk(s).
  • Other duties as assigned. Qualifications:
    • Education: JD degree from an accredited law school; bar membership in good standing in at least one state required.
    • Work Experience:
      • Required: 2-5 years of legal experience with the range of federal, state, and local laws that govern employment relationships in the workplace, such as anti-discrimination and anti-harassment law, wage and hour law, family and medical leave and sick and safe leave laws, and labor law, as well as with workplace compliance issues such as obligations under express and implied employment contracts and best practices for handling discipline and separations.
      • Strongly Preferred: Experience conducting employment and/or labor investigations in adherence to laws and regulations, corporate policies, and collective bargaining grievance procedures.
      • Preferred: Familiarity with tax exempt organization law and issues around employee/cost sharing and joint employment. Familiarity with immigration law.
      • Skills:
        • Required - Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to translate legal concepts effectively with non-lawyers. Demonstrates expertise in a variety of legal field's concepts, practices, and procedures. Demonstrated relationship building skills; solid judgment; critical thinking skills; a sense of teamwork and community; ability to handle multiple tasks; highly organized. Ability to participate effectively in fact-finding investigations, present findings and develop related recommendations. Deep understanding of structural and institutional inequity and interpersonal power dynamics and the interplay with our legal system. Demonstrated ability to build relationships with staff at all levels, and to maintain confidentiality and discretion. Strong legal research and writing competencies, including Westlaw competency, with ability to draft, review, revise and edit documents in Word, Excel, Google Drive and PowerPoint. Ability to work under pressure under multiple deadlines.
        • Preferred - Spanish language competency a plus.
        • Cultural Competence: Demonstrated awareness of one's own cultural identity, views about difference, and the ability to learn and build on varying cultural and community norms. A commitment to the complex understanding of racial justice and the urgency of confronting institutional racism and inequity within our political system. Commitment to equity and inclusion as organizational practice and culture. Understanding of the ways in which principles of racial justice and equity are vital to addressing climate change effectively.
        • Conditions: Able to work hours in excess of stated office hours as needed; ability and willingness to travel potentially up to 10% of time. Please note that all LCV staff are currently working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to hr@lcv.org with "Assistant General Counsel" in the subject line no later than March 7, 2021. No phone calls please. LCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a racially just, equitable and inclusive workplace.

Keywords: League of Conservation Voters, Washington DC , Assistant General Counsel, Legal , Washington, DC

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