Assistant General Counsel

Are you a lawyer interested in helping to find solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates? If so, you might be interested in applying to be our Assistant General Counsel, a rarely available position in the Legal Department of MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan social policy research organization.

At MDRC, we design promising new interventions, evaluate existing programs using the highest research standards, and provide technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale. We work as an intermediary, bringing together public and private funders to test new policy-relevant ideas, and communicate what we learn to policymakers and practitioners — all with the goal of improving the lives of low-income individuals, families, and children. Created in 1974 by the Ford Foundation and several federal agencies, MDRC is well-known for its rigorous research methodologies, including random assignment, and innovative approaches to advancing social welfare.

MDRC is seeking an Assistant General Counsel based in MDRC's New York office. The position begins immediately.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

* Work closely with the General Counsel in a small and very active Legal Department to support an organization with approximately 300 staff, four offices around the country, and an annual budget of $90M.

* Help advise senior management on issues including governance, compliance, research ethics, intellectual property, nonprofit and tax law, technology/data security, human resources, and contracts.

* Advise and support research staff in over 100 research projects on issues related to the projects' implementation and operations.

* Collaborate with project and corporate staff to draft and negotiate legal agreements governing research partnerships with survey firms, research organizations, and consultants; site agreements in evaluation and implementation projects; data acquisition from national, state, and programmatic databases; and commercial vendors. Also includes review and analysis of private foundation and government funding agreements.


* At least three years of relevant legal experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting.

* Comfortable moving between several projects simultaneously and working independently.

* Ability to assess legal risks posed by organizational activities and mitigate them through creation of contractual vehicles that apportion responsibilities.

* Knowledge of nonprofit corporate/general corporate law, federal tax-exempt organization law, and the laws governing federal contractors.

* Proven ability to handle high volume of contract drafting, negotiation, and review.

* Bar admission in New York. Must be in good standing.

* Successful writer and communicator with the ability to tailor the communication based on the intended audience.

* Strong interpersonal skills.

* Ability to work in a discreet, diplomatic, and confidential manner.

* Commitment to professional ethics and integrity.

What we offer:

* Competitive salary and benefits

* Medical, vision, and dental coverage

* Retirement benefits

* Collaborative culture with career development opportunities

* Time-off perks, including 10 paid holidays

* On-the-job training and professional development

If you want to be part of a diverse and multidisciplinary staff in a collaborative environment and values a meaningful career, then we want to work with you!

MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. MDRC does not discriminate, and all qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to race; color; national origin; religion; creed; sex or gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression); sexual orientation; citizenship status; pregnancy; disability; age; military or veteran status; marital or partnership status; genetic information, genetic predisposition, or carrier status; prior unemployment status; consumer credit history; status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses, or stalking; or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Legal work authorization is required.