Associate General Counsel

  • Center for Reproductive Rights
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Nov 09, 2020
Full time Legal

Job Description

Job Title: Associate General Counsel


Department: Office of the General Counsel


Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global litigation and legal policy organization using the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights around the world. Headquartered in New York City, the non-profit, non-partisan organization has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Nairobi, and Washington, DC; a staff of approximately 200 diverse professionals; an annual budget of approximately $40 million with an additional $22 million in donated services from leading law firms around the globe.


The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the United States on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 60 countries.


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The Role: Associate General Counsel


This position will be based in New York City.


Primary Responsibilities:

The Associate General Counsel will have the following responsibilities:

  • Work with the Center’s recently appointed first General Counsel in establishing and institutionalizing the general counsel function.
  • Serve as thought partner to the General Counsel.
  • Assist the General Counsel in:
    • Developing strategies to evaluate and reduce organizational risk.
    • Managing all non-profit / tax-exempt-related compliance matters, including those involving political activities and lobbying.
    • Handling other compliance matters in the United States and around the world, including: overseeing compliance with international legal regimes where the Center operates; establishing and updating global compliance policies and procedures governing the management of compliance risks; and providing compliance training.
    • Managing all corporate legal needs, including drafting contract templates and drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts, labor and employment matters, insurance coverage, intellectual property, information security and privacy, handling legal questions as they arise around the world and engaging and managing outside counsel.
    • Providing legal support to the Board and its committees, including on Board and corporate governance matters.
    • Managing the defense and/or response of the organization to lawsuits, claims, audits and investigations, and the prosecution of the organization’s claims against others, as well as incident and crisis response.
    • Providing counsel to Center attorneys and staff on legal ethics issues.




The successful candidate will have a JD from an ABA-accredited law school and have a license to practice and be in good standing in any state or territory of the US (or be a foreign-trained lawyer with an LLM from an ABA-accredited law school who has met the necessary requirements to be so licensed); this individual will have:

  • Legal Experience: 6-10+ years of legal practice, including time spent in law firm or in-house legal roles, with a preference for some experience in the general counsel function.
  • Not-For-Profit Understanding: Preference for experience with not-for-profit organizations either in full-time legal role, as outside counsel, or in a board capacity, and familiarity with the various legal requirements facing not-for-profit organizations.
  • Global Background: Preference for experience working at a global organization and/or on a global basis; facility with the legal and compliance issues that are inherent in operating in both developed and emerging markets around the world.

Critical Competencies:

  • Strategic thinking: Applies big-picture thinking while also focusing on the details of implementation.
  • Decisiveness: Consistently makes sound decisions in a timely manner supportive of the Center's mission, core values, and strategic objectives. Blends vision and judgment.
  • Collaboration: Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups, and a willingness to actively listen and invite different views and opinions across all levels of the institution to build alignment in support of a common goal.
  • Receives and Provides Direct Feedback: Actively gives and requests feedback to and from peers, supervisors and direct reports about work products, behaviors, values, style and approaches with a view on how this impacts self, other individuals and teams.
  • Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members.
  • Mission Oriented: A focus on achieving organizational goals; a deep belief in – and a drive based on – the Center’s work.
  • Flexible and Entrepreneurial: ability to work in a rapidly changing, high-energy environment
  • Commitment to learn: Applies a growth mentality to their own and their team’s development.  Promotes a culture of learning by modeling inquisitiveness and an openness to viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve.
  • Passion for Coaching, and Mentoring Staff: Empowers and motivates employees and creates opportunities for learning, development, and leadership, with a focus on harnessing skills for the future development of team members.
  • Accountability: Follows through on each commitment made to individual contributors, teams and partners and proactively informs others of any delays that occur along the way. Holds team members accountable.
  • Integrity: Possesses impeccable integrity and personal and professional values that are consistent with the Center’s high standards and mission.
  • Empathy: Serves as an empathetic, approachable leader who engenders trust and confidence.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility: Demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk

Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

How to Apply: Please complete the application here to apply. A cover letter and resume must be included in your application. Please include these application materials as attachments.

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

Please note that all genuine Center openings must be applied through the Center website. The Center does not charge a fee at any stage in the recruitment process (application, interviews, or selection). Nor does it request any medical examinations or bank account inform as part of this process. If someone contacts you on behalf of the Center requesting payment for your application please notify before taking any further action.