Senior Attorney

Greenpeace, Inc.
Washington, DC
Jan 12, 2021
Jan 14, 2021
Full Time
Job DescriptionGreenpeace is a global network of independent organizations that use solid research; peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. For fifty years, Greenpeace has fought to save the planet from the threat of the climate crisis, destruction of ancient forests, deterioration of our oceans, and the threat of nuclear disasters. Greenpeace does not accept funds from any corporations or government entities, safeguarding our independence and ability to speak the truth and act boldly. We recognize the importance of the moment: Ours is the first generation to understand the impacts of climate change and ecosystem destruction, and also the last generation with a window of time to do something about it. Greenpeace US works with Greenpeace offices around the world and diverse allies across the US to build a movement strong enough to drive change commensurate with what the science, and the moment, demand. POSITION SUMMARY We know that we're in a historic moment in this country. From threats to the planet's systems, to the corporate hijacking of our democracy, to attacks on our core social values, we are at a juncture that will determine the kind of society and world we want. Decisions made now will have repercussions long into the future. In this moment we need transformational leaders who understand the power of mobilizing people to achieve bold systemic change. Greenpeace, Inc., a 501(c)(4) organization, (GPUS) is searching for a dynamic Senior Attorney to join its Legal Team. Reporting to the Deputy General Counsel, the Senior Attorney is charged with managing a wide range of legal matters. This includes working to protect the organization by, among other things, ensuring regulatory compliance, identifying and helping to mitigate risks and legally vetting publications, contracts and other documents. They also work with outside counsel to manage a wide range of litigation and to defend activists. Additionally the Senior Attorney also provides legal guidance to staff on a wide range of issues with emphasis on nonprofit corporate, tax, employment, labor, contract, campaign finance, intellectual property and environmental matters. Greenpeace lawyers help change the world for the better through proactive litigation and other strategic legal initiatives. This role will be a great fit for you if you are a highly experienced and skilled in-house attorney with a strong work ethic and deep passion for and commitment to social and environmental justice. You must strategically think about the big picture and how to always improve our legal systems and practices. You thrive and remain steady under pressure, are a master manager of priorities and projects, and can manage a team to deliver high quality outcomes, all with great attention to detail. This is a full time, exempt, benefits eligible position based in Washington, DC. The Senior Attorney is responsible for: Legal Guidance and Compliance * Provide legal guidance and advice to various stakeholders, including leadership and staff, on a variety of in-house legal issues, such as nonprofit corporate, tax, employment, labor, contract, campaign finance, publication review, contracts and intellectual property. * Conduct risk assessments and implement mitigation measures * Advise activists on legal risks and constitutional rights * Collaborate in team problem solving, litigation strategy, and project management. * Advance organizational environmental mission through creative legal initiatives, including leading any new initiatives as needed to capture opportunities, optimize legal practices and mitigate legal risk Supervise outreach activities related to cases and campaigns; * Support fundraising work to ensure timely charitable fundraising registrations and compliance with fundraising regulations * Collaborate with the Legal Team and the Communications Department to develop communication strategies around cases and campaigns; * Support the organization in ongoing registration and protection of organizational intellectual property rights * Support high-quality contract and publication review systems to protect organizational interests * Collaborate and liaise with outside counsel on various legal matters requiring subject area expertise * A commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Justice principles * Other responsibilities as assigned by the Deputy General Counsel or General Counsel Required Skills & Experience * Minimum 7 years of legal experience, including a track record for translating strategic thinking and legal analysis into action plans, outputs and results * Outstanding judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills * Ability to thrive and make decisions in a fast-changing and deadline driven environment, including managing multiple priorities and projects, anticipating future needs and maintaining attentio

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