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Assistant General Counsel at Mercy For Animals

Mercy For Animals


Senior Level


$80.000 - $84.000

07 Sep → 07 Oct


Job Description

Mercy For Animals aims to construct a compassionate food system by reducing suffering and ending the exploitation of animals for food. We envision a world where animals are respected, protected, and free.

As a leading farmed animal advocacy organization, we know that achieving this goal requires a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative work environment—one that welcomes and sparks new perspectives and innovative ideas. If you are passionate about our mission, driven to make a big impact for animals, and eager to be part of a dedicated team, join us!

We are currently seeking an assistant general counsel to join our legal team. In this role, you will provide legal support to Mercy For Animals programs and operations while furthering our mission to construct a compassionate food system by reducing suffering and ending exploitation of animals for food.

Your supervisor, Jodi Medoff, is our deputy general counsel, providing legal support and advice on our organizational programs, operations, and corporate matters. Jodi has practiced law for more than 15 years, including 10 years of in-house counsel work. Jodi is a passionate advocate for animals and the nonprofit community.

Earn an annual salary of $80,000–$84,000, depending on qualifications, and enjoy a commute-free life as a remote team member. In addition to a collaborative and innovative work environment, you will be able to take part in our benefits package, including no- or low-cost health, vision, and dental insurance; generous paid time off and sick leave; and a 401(k) retirement plan, with a dollar-to-dollar employer match of up to 3 percent of your annual salary.

We consider traditional and nontraditional qualifications and carefully review each application, resume, and cover letter. Feel encouraged to go outside a traditional cover letter and state how you would add to our culture; what we would gain from having you on our team; and how you align with our organizational vision, mission, and values.

Mercy For Animals is a globally minded organization. We are committed to the principles of equity and justice, and our culture celebrates authenticity—enabling every team member to shine. All employment decisions are based solely on individual qualifications, job needs, and job requirements, and potential team members of every color, orientation, age, gender, origin, veteran status, and ability are encouraged to apply. We strive to include candidates from historically marginalized communities and those from or in communities impacted by environmental, social, and economic injustice.

Come as you are, and help us transform our society and construct a truly compassionate food system.

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Job Responsibilities

  • Provide legal advice on Mercy For Animals' various activities and legal support to the organization's departments and programs, competently handling legal issues that arise during day-to-day operations, including relating to programmatic work (e.g., corporate campaigns and government affairs and public policy) and to corporate and business matters (e.g., employment, insurance, lobbying, data protection, and intellectual property)
  • Draft, review, and negotiate contracts and other legal documents
  • Provide legal research, advice, and other assistance as requested by internal clients or directed by the deputy general counsel or general counsel
  • Assist with impact litigation
  • Develop and deliver trainings for staff on legal and corporate issues
  • Assist with supporting and delegating work to staff attorneys, paralegals, and interns on the legal affairs team
  • Assist with ensuring strong corporate governance and corporate record-keeping practices
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with private pro bono counsel, outside counsel, and attorneys in other animal protection organizations
  • Communicate and meet with Mercy For Animals supporters as appropriate
  • Adhere to all organizational policies and procedures
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the deputy general counsel or general counsel

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Admission to practice law and good standing in at least one U.S. state

  • Minimum of seven years' experience practicing law (preferred)

  • Minimum of three years' in-house experience (preferred)

  • Proven exceptional organizational and writing skills

  • Ability to take initiative and complete projects independently, including handling multiple projects simultaneously

  • Ability to work well in a team setting and outstanding interpersonal skills

  • Any combination of the following (preferred): professional or personal experience in an international setting, lobbying (legal) experience, demonstrated interest in animal law issues, experience representing or serving in leadership for a nonprofit organization

  • Commitment to Mercy For Animals' mission and values

  • Commitment and openness to continued personal and organizational growth in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles

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