• Senior Legal Counsel

    Job Locations US-DC
    Posted Date 3 months ago(12/31/2018 11:00 AM)
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  • PACT Overview

    At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


    Chief Financial Office (CFO) - Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. The Financial Planning & Analysis helps realize this objective by: Providing financial forecasting, analyses, and strategic oversight; Developing business models and financial reports, coordinating the annual corporate budget process; Facilitating strategic decision-making through focused, relevant research, analyses, and communication; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Implementing innovative financial management tactics and methodologies; Contributing to the organization's ability to think and act strategically; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

    Position Overview

    The Pact Senior Legal Counsel is the sole legal officer for the organization. As such, the Senior Legal Counsel must be comfortable undertaking and/or overseeing all legal work for the organization. The Senior Legal Counsel is accountable for all aspects of Pact’s legal affairs, including its relationships with outside counsel, and ensures the appropriate protection of its legal rights. The incumbent stays abreast of activities across all divisions of the organization and evaluates this information to understand and anticipate potential legal impacts on the organization and to provide the best overall advice to Pact’s senior leadership team and other staff.   The Senior Legal Counsel will assess risk and provide legal services and support both domestically and overseas.

    Key Responsibilities

    The Senior Legal Counsel has the following key areas of responsibility:

    • Provides advice on legal issues to the Board of Directors, all levels of management and staff of the organization and applicable subsidiaries, including the legal aspects of activities within their assigned areas such as grant funding, charitable projects, human resources, taxes, insurance, intellectual property, and company agreements
    • Directs and manages all company legal functions and supports the risk management and compliance functions to protect the organization’s interest and minimize risk worldwide
    • Leads the defense of the organization in lawsuits and the prosecution of lawsuits on behalf of the organization against others
    • Selects and manages outside counsel
    • Champions the importance of legal, regulatory, and ethical practices company-wide
    • Has primary responsibility for managing and negotiating complex investment transactions
    • Reviews corporate documents for compliance with legal requirements, and ensures they remain current with applicable laws and regulations
    • Other duties as necessary or assigned

    Basic Requirements

    • JD with at least 10 years experience in the practice of law with a reputable law firm, non-profit, or commercial institution of legal practice as an attorney, and not suspended or disbarred
    • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a cpomplex, multicultural environment

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Relevant legal practice experience in international development, regulatory, in-house, and/or financial services, particularly in emerging markets
    • Experience working with US and foreign counsel


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