The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including; health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, accrued paid time off (including annual, personal, and sick leave), life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellness benefits. Benefits may be subject to generally applicable eligibility, waiting period, contribution, and other requirements and conditions. Learn more about our benefits at nature.org/careers. We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellness, and flexibility needs of the people we employ.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: TNC Job ID 50715
The Associate General Counsel (AGC) will independently manage the California/Hawaii, Western and Canada Legal Teams and ensure delivery of high quality, customer-focused legal services to assigned Conservancy business units. The AGC serves as a member of the Legal Leadership Team to assist the General Counsel in managing the Global Legal Function. This position reports to the General Counsel.
The AGC has overall management responsibility for a specialized, expert legal team and is responsible for ensuring delivery of high quality, customer-focused legal services to business units in the Conservancy’s California/Hawaii, Western and Canada Divisions in a manner that (i) proactively manages important risks while enabling nimble action, and (ii) assists The Nature Conservancy in achieving its organizational goals. The AGC ensures that the assigned legal team (i) appropriately manages important risks while enabling nimble action, and (ii) assists the Conservancy in achieving its organizational goals.
As a member of the Legal Leadership Team the AGC will:
Ensure that Legal staff are fully engaged, motivated and have the requisite training, tools, and demonstrated skills to meet the needs of the organization.
Identifies, develops, and implements standards and best-practices to effectively marshal The Nature Conservancy’s legal talent to achieve organization-wide results on a global basis.
Implements consistent, organization-wide practices that minimize legal risks having organizational impact.
Actively promotes and helps to implement TNC’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Indigenous Peoples & Local Communities work.
Establishes and maintains optimal standards of performance for the department while controlling costs.
Provides guidance to attorneys throughout the Conservancy on complex legal matters and Global Legal Function.
The AGC clearly articulates complex legal concepts and options to high-level managers and the Board of Directors. Facilitates strategic dialogues with clients and senior-level stakeholders, probing to identify key issues and requirements, negotiating and developing solutions, and synthesizing a plan of action tailored to audience. Serves as a key advisor to the General Counsel regarding risks related to assigned areas of responsibility and areas of expertise.
Juris Doctorate or equivalent and license to practice law in at least one jurisdiction.
10 years of relevant legal experience.
Experience managing and/or supervising attorneys and other legal staff or significant experience managing outside counsel OR coordinating the work of other professionals.
Experience negotiating complex, high profile or sensitive transactions and agreements.
Experience developing, implementing and managing diverse projects and implementing strategic program goals.
Experience motivating and coaching others and building effective collaborative relationships.
Strong critical thinking and flexible thinking skills.
Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.
In-house experience and/or law firm experience advising sophisticated clients and senior management.
Organizational Overview: A Pioneer in Conservation LeadershipThis is an exciting time at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) - we are shifting our strategy for greater impact in the world, seeking to address some of the most complex challenges facing people and nature --issues such as tackling climate change, building healthy cities, and providing food and water sustainably. We are seeking a Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer to join our team.•Our Mission: The Nature Conservancy, a global non-profit organization with a million members, is dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.•Our Vision: A world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.•Our Team: We achieve this through the dedicated efforts of our 3800-diverse staff, including more than 600 scientists, all of whom support conservation in 72 countries and all U.S. states. We are striving to develop a workforce as diverse as the places where we work, and we have a deep commitment to diversity.Our Approach: We use a non-confrontational, collaborative approach and depend on the help of our many partne...rs, from individuals and governments to local nonprofits and corporations. Since 1951, the organization has protected more than 120 million acres across the world. We are now building on this legacy of land, water, and ocean protection to address global challenges facing people and nature around the world by focusing on five priorities across the entire organization.