Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Assistant Corporate Counsel – Contracts

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(3/28/2019 2:42 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Institutional [205000]
  • Overview

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana, and Beijing.


    Position Summary:


    The Assistant Corporate Counsel – Contracts oversees the NRDC/NRDC Action Fund contracting function within the Corporate Counsel department.


    Location: New York, Chicago, Washington DC or San Francisco or Los Angeles


    • Draft, review and negotiate institutional contracts for all programs and departments. Drafting includes the preparation of custom agreements based on staff input on business terms.
    • Advise programs/departments on the interpretation of, and compliance with, contractual arrangements.
    • Advise programs/departments on ancillary issues such as independent contractor classification, treatment of interns and volunteers, etc.
    • Assist programs/departments with dispute resolution issues.
    • Monitor, evaluate and adjust the institutional contracts review policy and related procedures.
    • Develop contract templates and manage their utilization.
    • Manage outside counsel providing contract review/negotiation services.
    • Develop and implement contract training for staff.
    • Other duties as assigned by the Corporate Counsel or the Deputy Corporate Counsel.


    • Law degree.
    • 4-6 years of law practice; law firm or in-house not-for-profit experience strongly preferred. Familiarity with employment law issues is a plus.
    • Excellent drafting, negotiation, research, and written and oral communication skills.
    • Strong critical thinking and analytical ability, sound judgment, strategic orientation, and interpersonal maturity.
    • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment with a workforce distributed across multiple offices, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines with strong attention to detail.
    • Integrity, professional discretion and ability to handle sensitive/confidential matters.
    • Flexibility and ability to work well independently on multiple projects with a wide variety of people, at all levels of the organization and across offices/remote work locations.


    NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


    To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal.  We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


    If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit


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