Assistant General Counsel

November 14, 2020
New York, NY
Job Type



The Assistant General Counsel assists the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel in representing the legal interests of Safe Horizon, including contractual, real estate, policy, litigation, regulatory, employment, not-for-profit governance, and tax-related matters.



Safe Horizon is seeking an experienced attorney who will report directly to the General Counsel, with some dotted-line reporting to the Deputy General Counsel, and will assist with the overall management of the general legal affairs of the organization.   This position is a full-time position.

  • Advise General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, senior management and others within the organization on nonprofit corporate, tax, compliance, intellectual property, governance, benefits, litigation, and employment law issues;
  • Draft, review, revise, and negotiate a variety of contracts, such as agreements with government funders and other third parties, vendor and consultant agreements, and agreements relating to ownership of intellectual property, corporate sponsorships, special events, licensing, real estate and leases, among other things, and advise senior management on related issues;
  • Assist General Counsel with ensuring organizational compliance with contracts and applicable law and regulation, such as lobbying, regulatory and public policy matters and laws relating to charitable solicitations in New York State and nationally;
  • Advise on risk management practice, liability, and insurance matters;
  • Monitor and advise the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, and others on legislative developments related to nonprofit organizations, including human resources and benefits-related legislation;
  • Analyzing statutes, regulations and procedures;
  • Supervising responses to requests for information and subpoenas;
  • Assist with supervision of interns, volunteers and fellows;
  • Communicating independently with outside counsel and representatives of outside agencies;
  • Monitoring and managing litigation;
  • Developing and delivering trainings and workshops for staff and external partners;
  • Representing the corporation in court and administrative hearings;
  • Performing other duties as assigned;
  • Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills. Ability to communicate effectively with people with varying levels of education; and
  • Excellent organizational, managerial skills required. Ability to meet deadlines. Planning, organization and prioritization.




  • Admitted to practice law in New York State
  • Applicant will ideally have corporate and nonprofit law experience.  Applicant shall also have demonstrated interest to public interest law
  • Excellent analytical, drafting, negotiation, research and oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to provide sound legal advice, develop creative solutions, and exercise sound business judgment
  • Track record of demonstrating professional judgment and discretion in being of service to multiple teams and senior managers in a diverse and multi-faceted organization
  • Exceptional initiative and proven ability to work efficiently and effectively in a collegial and fast-paced environment
  • Ability and willingness to handle multiple assignments, meet deadlines and pay strong attention to detail
  • Flexibility and willingness to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Ability and willingness to perform tasks with creativity and a sense of humor
  • A commitment to Safe Horizon’s mission and values


·                  At least two years of experience practicing law in law firm, in-house or public interest environment

·                  Transactional, Litigation, Intellectual Property or Real Estate experience

:     A law degree from an accredited institution


During the time of the current pandemic, this position may include remote work. The position requires the employee to arrange for their own access to WiFi.


If hired, I agree to abide by all of Safe Horizon’s rules and regulations, and understand that, if employed, my employment may be terminated with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time, at the option of either the company or me.  I further understand that no representation, whether oral or written by any representative or agent of the organization, at any time, constitutes a contract of employment 

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply 

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