Associate General Counsel - Due Diligence

  • Added Date: Thursday, 28 May 2020
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 31 July 2020

IRCโ€™s Office of the General Counsel (OGC), reporting to the President and CEO, provides legal advice and guidance to IRC management and the Board of Directors on a wide range of matters affecting the IRC and its affiliated entities, including contracts, employment issues, governance, requests for information, policy formulation and compliance, and compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The OGC is also responsible for overseeing domestic and international litigation and outside counsel.

The OGC serves as a resource for informed decision-making, providing independent, timely, and thoughtful advice on a broad range of legal issues that our programs, departments, boards and legal entities face. It looks to prevent legal problems and solve those that occur, to facilitate transactions, and to build structures that consider the longer-term impacts of a transaction, litigation, or governance issue and other corporate matters.

Job Profile

The Associate General Counsel (AGC) is a full-time position based in New York that works on matters related to due diligence. The AGC will research prospective funding sources (including corporations, foundations, individuals, government, and quasi-government entities) and conduct detailed due diligence on each, to support IRCโ€™s prioritization and selection work for donor engagement. This area of work aims primarily to support IRCโ€™s effective engagement with the private sector, but will include supporting engagement across all potential sources of funding. At the same time, the AGC will ensure that positive relationships with all donors and public associations/links to third parties, individuals, and other entities are built in alignment with the organizationโ€™s integrity and ethical standards.

The AGC position shall report to the General Counsel but work closely with the Vice President, International Development in order to lead development of IRCโ€™s global due diligence policy function. The AGC shall also lead the undertaking of regular and ad-hoc donor intelligence work and oversee the organizationโ€™s gift acceptance policy.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to develop high-quality research and due diligence products. They will be expected to identify developments, issues, and situations that require internal collaboration with other in-house counsel, compliance professionals, and/or representatives of business units or other corporate functions, or consultation with outside counsel. The position will involve extensive contact with senior management and representatives of the business units and corporate functions across the organization in multiple offices.

Preferred candidates will have strong academic credentials, international/transactional experience, a strong understanding of corporate governance and regulatory environments, substantial contract expertise, fluency in French, Arabic, and/or Spanish, and a demonstrated expertise in the nonprofit/public sector. This in-house counsel must be capable of working independently in a fast-paced environment while effectively managing multiple projects and competing priorities.

Priorities for the role include:


Candidate Profile

The Associate General Counsel will have at least 8-10 years of US or international law firm and/or in-house experience (or equivalent), with experience in the development of high-quality research and due diligence products, preferably in the international humanitarian or development sectors. The ideal candidate is interested in becoming an all-purpose generalist in our in-house legal department.

Additional qualifications include:

  • advanced degree (JD/LLM) from an accredited law school
  • must be admitted to practice in New York State
  • must be a team player with a practical, business-oriented approach to problem-solving, tempered by an appreciation for legal complexity and risk
  • ability to conduct business in French, Arabic and/or Spanish (written and spoken) strongly preferred
  • experience working in the exempt organizations field strongly preferred
  • experience with donor/corporate due diligence and evaluation in the INGO sector and/or the multilateral system
  • ability to identify strategic issues, opportunities, and risks and communicate broad and compelling direction
  • excellent verbal and written communication, including in a virtual environment, along with the ability to capture key points and actions in succinct formats for a variety of audiences
  • direct experience in developing and implementing internal communication plans, policy guidance, and/or training materials
  • excellent contract drafting and negotiating skills
  • familiarity with anti-terrorism and anti-fraud/corruption issues a plus
  • experience with governmental agencies and regulatory environments preferred
  • superior organizational skills and attention to detail, with excellent follow-through
  • strong interpersonal skills and ability to listen effectively
  • expert in identifying and resolving complex issues
  • integrity, professional discretion, and ability to handle sensitive/confidential matters
  • extraordinary initiative, creative thinker, and strong judgment and analytical skills
  • strong relationship-builder, team player and communicator with experience building partnerships
  • experience managing inter- and intra-organizational relationships in complex organizational environments
  • international experience a plus
  • the ability to work under pressure, manage simultaneous tasks, prioritize, and meet deadlines within a changing and fast-paced environment

This vacancy is archived.

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