The Assistant General Counsel will be a corporate generalist and will provide legal support to the organization’s global operations across a broad range of legal areas. The Assistant General Counsel will work closely with the General Counsel and the rest of the Office of the General Counsel, senior management, board of directors, outside legal counsel and employees at all levels of the organization around the world.
Review, draft and negotiate a variety of contracts (including, for example, collaborations with other organizations and fee-for-service, employment, consultant, federal and international grant programs, non-disclosure, and licensing agreements)
Support Rainforest Alliance’s risk management and compliance efforts across the organization
Provide support as necessary in connection with establishment, operation of and other issues relating to subsidiaries and other affiliates
Advise on structuring and negotiation of new initiatives and contractual relationships
Advise and assist the Human Resources department on domestic and international employment matters, including potential disputes and handbooks, codes and agreements
Assist in global management of trademark and intellectual property portfolio including registrations, disputes and licensing
Advise global staff on compliance, data privacy and tax matters
Advise staff and board of directors on risk assessment and governance matters for parent corporation and international subsidiaries and branches
Assist in managing disputes and provide oversight and coordinate outside counsel advice on litigation
Manage relationships with pro bono and other outside attorneys
Assist with improvement of contract templates and procedures with a view to standardization and efficiency
Coordinate staff training in use of contract templates and related procedures and other legal topics
Develop policies and procedures for compliance and risk management
Juris Doctorate degree (or its equivalent) and admittance to bar in New York State
Minimum four years of relevant experience, including at least two years of experience as an attorney at a law firm.
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
Familiarity with contract creation and negotiation and general business law
Excellent verbal and written communication and project management skills
Strong affinity for sustainability and corporate social responsibility
About Rainforest Alliance, Inc.
The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization working at the intersection of business, agriculture, and forests to make responsible business the new normal. We are building an alliance to protect forests, improve the livelihoods of farmers and forest communities, promote their human rights, and help them mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.