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Associate General Counsel

Single Stop USA

We are a nationally recognized, mission-driven, fast-paced nonprofit (HQ in NYC), passionately dedicated to the eradication of systemic poverty. We are seeking a full-time Associate General Counsel to act a liaison to the Chief Legal Officer on legal, senior management, operational and strategic planning matters, often requiring time- sensitive/highly-confidential research, analysis and counsel.


*Reports to Chief Legal Officer
*Reviews and drafts (as applicable) grant award contracts from funders, contracts with sites, consulting agreements, intellectual property- related agreements, leases, and contracts with third party vendors.
*Assists Program Staff/Regional Directors with the preparation of contracts/renewals;
*Serves as a key point of contact/counsel for SSUSA sites in the contracts/renewals process
*Analyzes SSUSA’s government contracts to ensure full compliance with all applicable local, state and federal laws.
*Leads compliance-oriented best practices internally, and amongst sites. Proposes improved service offering standards and processes, as applicable.
*Plays a leading role in the implementation, training, and enforcement of SSUSA’s program integrity policies, privacy policies, compliance policies and various employment policies. Participates in organization’s standing committees that relate to same.
*Working in conjunction with SSUSA’s training team, creates protocols and training materials that are issued to organizational and site partners.
*Views all of SSUSA’s relationships – grantor/grantee, vendor/vendee, employer/employee, contractual and other relationships with an eye towards risk management.
*Recommends appropriate language in contracts and other documents to protect against organizational risks.
*Develops a strong understanding of database and reporting tools (i.e., Salesforce).
*Works with the Chief Legal Officer and Program Staff to develop and implement appropriate contract language for SSUSA grantees.
*Assists the Chief Legal Officer in the on-going development of a legal services delivery strategy/model.
*Directs the activities of more junior staff, as applicable
*Other duties as assigned

Compensation & Benefits:
• Salary is commensurate with experience.
• Comprehensive Medical and Dental coverage
• 401k plan
• 15 days paid annual vacation, plus holidays
• Significant opportunities for professional growth and development


*Law degree required
*Commitment to Single Stop USA's mission
*Highest personal standards of integrity, honesty, and ethics
*4-5 years of professional work experience required (i.e., legal services, law firm, nonprofit, etc.)
*Experience with intellectual property, business contracts, privacy law, employment law and other ‘generalist’ areas is highly preferred
*Finely-honed legal research and general project management skills are preferred
*Experience and commitment to working with low- income families and individuals, as well as professional peers within the nonprofit/public sector – with, at times, predictably limited resources – is advantageous.
*Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills required - must be clear, concise and courteous.
*Must be highly collaborative and consultative in nature –ability to work within/across a wide range of professional specialties and levels of management is critical.
*Must be highly organized, highly-productive and detail-oriented.
*High-energy/self-motivated - ability to work in a fast-paced, highly-collaborative and demanding environment while independently establishing priorities and providing objective counsel.
*Must possess the maturity to successfully/efficiently navigate the levels and verticals found within a fast-paced, ‘corporate- like’ culture.
*Must be able to manage multiple/deadline-oriented tasks and search for viable solutions for complex (at times) problems creatively.
*Ability to lead and motivate less experienced staff, interns and volunteers is required.
*Must be willing and able to travel (i.e., less than 25% of the time)
*Experience with databases including data collection and reporting is preferable (i.e., knowledge of Salesforce a plus)
*Must have computer software skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
*Employment is conditioned upon successful completion of a background and fingerprint check


*Admission to the NYS Bar, or ability to waive in.
*Ability to achieve goals through direct and indirect influence and collaboration;
*Willing to take a managed risk to drive the business forward;
*Ability to establish positive connections with others so as to facilitate the attainment of business results;
*Ability to continuously develop the competencies of both self and others;
*Ability to understand and effectively leverage the organization to accomplish business and unit goals.

Please send a resume and cover letter stating specifically why you are interested in the position, and salary requirements, to with “Associate General Counsel” in the subject line.

Single Stop USA is an equal opportunity employer.

About Organization:
Single Stop USA is one of the fastest growing and most successful anti-poverty organizations in the nation. Single Stop uniquely combines the power of technology and the ingenuity of community organizations to help low-income families draw down billions of existing tax credits, benefits and services that go unused each year. Founded in 2007, Single Stop sites have already helped over 700,000 families access $2 billion in benefits and services for themselves and their communities. Single Stop’s national expansions are fueled by its community college initiative. The initiative harnesses two of the country’s most effective anti-poverty tools: coordinated access to America’s safety net and a post-secondary education in pursuit of a dramatic change in economic mobility in the United States. The initiative has won two White House Social Innovation Fund Awards and is rapidly expanding in campuses across the country.



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