NAACP Empowerment Programs, Inc. (“NAACP EPI”), the 501c(3) programs arm of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (“NAACP”), a nonprofit, membership-based, civil rights advocacy organization, seeks an experienced attorney with transactional and governance experience to work in our headquarters location in Baltimore, Maryland. Substantial experience in drafting and reviewing contracts and in reviewing and interpreting corporate bylaws and other corporate governance documents is strongly preferred. The Assistant General Counsel reports to the Deputy General Counsel in the Legal Department of the organization. The incumbent works with all components of the NAACP and NAACP EPI and provides legal service to staff, board members, and board committees of both corporate entities.
The Assistant General Counsel is under the direct supervision of the Deputy General Counsel. The attorney performs such duties that are assigned by the Deputy General Counsel and/or the General Counsel, including but not limited to:
- Primary responsibility for reviewing contracts to ensure that the legal interests of NAACP and NAACP EPI are protected;
- Drafting and interpreting contracts and other legally binding documents:
- Represents branches and state conferences in litigation;
- Assists with oversight and management of outside legal counsel;
- Assist staff and units with interpretation of Constitution, Bylaws, and other governance documents;
- Reviews and makes recommendations regarding proposed Unit Bylaws;
- Reviews proposed litigation for recommendation to the General Counsel;
- Advises the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel on general policy matters as required; and,
- Provides such other support as is needed to effectively carrying out the mission of the Legal Department.
- Works on 501(C)(3) and 501C)(4) tax-related issues
The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, competencies and personal qualities:
- Candidate must have a minimum of five years of legal experience and be admitted to the Bar of any jurisdiction;
- Significant experience in contract drafting, review, and negotiation;
- Experience in reviewing and interpreting corporate bylaws and other corporate governance documents;
- Experience in tax related issues involving 501(C) (3) and 501 (C) (4) entities
- Strong oral communications and interpersonal skills;
- Ability for high performance in a fast-pace environment;
- Excellent research, analysis, and writing skills;
- Capacity for strategic and creative thinking; and,
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.