General Counsel (nonprofit)

  • JASA
  • Remote
  • Nov 08, 2021
Full time Health Care Human Resources Legal Nonprofit-Social Services Real Estate

Job Description

The Position:

JASA is seeking a General Counsel to join its executive team, serve as the organization’s chief legal advisor, and advance JASA’s mission while assessing and managing organizational risk.

Reporting to the CEO, the General Counsel will provide strategic legal advice and oversee all legal matters across the organization. The General Counsel will advise the JASA trustees, executive team, and senior management on governance, contracts, risk management, real estate transactions, litigations, benefits, and employment law issues. This is a new position for a full-time senior attorney with a commitment to working in the nonprofit sector and advancing JASA’s mission.

The General Counsel manages complex and sensitive matters, and provides material assistance on a variety of matters. The position requires an attorney who has a working knowledge of the legal rules that apply to tax-exempt organizations and who is also a strong generalist or has the capacity to become one quickly. JASA has numerous corporate entities presenting legal questions spanning a broad range of content areas including real estate, health care, government regulations, regulatory/compliance, and data privacy.  The General Counsel will have a depth of experience in at least one of these areas and will manage referrals and relationships with outside counsel to supplement the General Counsel’s own expertise.

The General Counsel will serve on and contribute to the executive leadership team, which sets the strategic direction of the organization, evaluates and makes decisions regarding risk mitigation, and represents leadership to the employee population. As such, this individual is expected to contribute and add value beyond the boundaries of strict legal questions or matters, serving as a pragmatic problem-solver, sounding board, and business-savvy colleague.

The General Counsel will support JASA’s work through advising on:

  • Contracts
  • Union negotiations
  • Organizational policy issues
  • Advocacy and lobbying issues
  • Trademarks and other intellectual property issues
  • Communications
  • Risk assessment
  • Staff-friendly policies, procedures, and systems around legal compliance issues
  • Workplace safety and vaccination issues
  • Preparation, review, and execution of legal documents
  • Advancing JASA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Responsibilities to be carried out directly or through prudent use of outside counsel and pro bono partners include but are not limited to:

Nonprofit Law & Compliance

  • Work closely with the executive team and Board of Trustees to ensure organizational compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations
  • Develop and implement systems and processes for organizational compliance related to its nonprofit status, funding streams, and contract obligations
  • Guide and advise leadership and staff on compliance related to lobbying and legislative advocacy
  • Advise officers of the Board on matters of organizational governance and compliance with governing law

Contract Review & Negotiation

  • Play a key role in contract negotiations with government, philanthropic, and nonprofit partners; once secured, ensure organizational compliance with contracts
  • Oversee review and negotiation for a variety of contracts including but not limited to grants and funding contracts, consultant agreements, memoranda of understanding, leases, and data sharing agreements

Leadership & Strategy

  • Work with the executive team and trustees in strategic planning; anticipate issues, estimate risks strategically and identify proactive solutions

Human Resources

  • Serve as the primary legal advisor to Human Resources, advising on collective bargaining, and employee disciplinary process and implementation of determinations and outcomes of disciplinary or investigative process and legal considerations for organizational returning to work processes

The new General Counsel must be capable of integrating smoothly into senior management at JASA and fit into the organization’s collaborative and inclusive culture.  They must be able to establish strong communications with colleagues in order to set priorities about systems and supports that need to be established or strengthened. They must be committed to supporting their colleagues by setting feasible and reliable standards for responsiveness and communicating promptly about obstacles to meeting expectations as they arise. They must be passionate about JASA’s work and be able to work closely with the CEO, the Board, the senior leadership team, and program staff in a supportive and direct manner.

The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, a hands-on management style, an ability to listen and be inclusive of ideas, and be able to work collaboratively with staff and leadership to address and solve problems or issues as they arise.  In addition, they will be diplomatic, of the highest integrity, and possess sound judgment as well as a sense of humor and an attitude of curiosity and openness to learning.


  • J.D. from an accredited law school and a minimum of 10 years of related work experience. Current admission to the New York bar is required.
  • Experience at a major law firm, in-house at a large corporation, and/or at a private foundation, 501(c)(4) social welfare organization or public charity is required.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent judgment and discretion, especially regarding confidential and sensitive matters
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to balance legal and risk concerns with available resources and service delivery environments
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including a deep commitment to customer service, humility and the ability to learn quickly and work effectively with the CEO and clients at all levels of the organization
  • Strong analytical skills and demonstrated ability to understand complex legal concepts and offer succinct explanations and counsel to colleagues
  • Strong understanding of general nonprofit law and tax regulations pertaining to nonprofit organizations in the State of New York
  • Experience with, and working knowledge of, the federal and state laws applicable to nonprofit organizations is required
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently but with the judgment to know when to seek guidance and counsel from pro bono partners and outside counsel
  • Flexibility and adaptability to address legal concerns in a dynamic environment

Compensation commensurate with experience. For more information about JASA, visit

All positions at JASA are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  All are encouraged to apply.