Counsel

    • Job Tracking ID: 512912-642876
    • Job Location: San Francisco, CA
    • Job Level: Executive
    • Level of Education: Masters Degree
    • Job Type: Part-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: August 02, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Campus Location: Mission
    • Status: Regular Part-Time
    • Department: Header: Executive
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Summary:

 

Counsel is primarily responsible for risk management and corporate governance, assuring that the Society operates within all applicable laws, and assisting the Development Department in safeguarding the Society’s charitable beneficiary interests. This role will also serve as the corporate Secretary.

 

Position-specific Responsibilities:

 

  • Oversee certain trust and estates matters in which the Society is a charitable beneficiary;
  • Review and negotiate contracts and other legal documents;
  • Serve as Corporate Secretary and perform corporate governance;
  • Offer advice on in-house transactions, including, for example, the Society’s business and policies, exempt organization laws, veterinary laws, etc.;
  • Act as the Society’s registered agent and address public complaints that are legal in nature;
  • Hire and supervise pro bono and paid outside counsel who advise and assist on legal matters;
  • Demonstrate sound budget responsibility and monitor annual expenditures;
  • Assure compliance with laws on lobbying and political activity;
  • Protect the Society’s intellectual property; and
  • Keep abreast of legal and industry changes that may affect the Society.

 

Society-wide Responsibilities:

 

  • Practice and encourage the humane treatment of animals.
  • Provide quality customer service to staff, volunteers, and clients while actively promoting our mission, services, programs and events.
  • Promote donation and giving opportunities as appropriate.
  • Work cooperatively with all volunteers and recognize the talent they bring to the Society.
  • Ensure a safe work environment, following all safety guidelines and modeling safe work practices.
  • Successfully work with a team of colleagues who represent a diversity of work and conflict resolution styles, as well as individuals from diverse communities and cultures.
  • Facilitate open, direct communication throughout the Society.
  • Embrace and promote the Society’s "BLISS" direct communication program.

 

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

 

  • Regularly sit at a computer station and operates electronic equipment 6 to 7 hours per day.
  • Periodically move about the campus to coordinate work.
  • Consistent exposure to animals and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available.

 

Reporting Relationships and Contacts:

  • Reports to the General Counsel.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Law degree from accredited law school, plus at least 3 years of law firm or in-house experience in transactional law; working knowledge of nonprofit law, animal law, and/or estate and trust administration a plus.
  • California Bar admission in good standing.
  • Strong commitment to the mission and values of the SF SPCA.
  • Positive attitude and ability to work collaboratively with predominately non-legal professionals in a team-oriented work environment.
  • Excellent judgment and ability to tailor advice to circumstances at hand.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively.
  • Excellent organizational, prioritization, legal research, and writing skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • References relevant to similar positions held.

Benefits

Salary and Benefits:

 

Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package. Casual office environment includes companion animals.