Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sierra Club: Assistant General Counsel of Finance; San Fran CA


San Francisco, CA 

Date Posted: 01/23/2015
Schedule Type: Full Time
Practice Areas: Intellectual Property, Non-Profit

Job Description

Context: Advises Sierra Club in various corporate legal matters, including contracts, intellectual property, business partnerships, real estate, and risk management.
Scope: The Assistant General Counsel reviews, negotiates and manages a wide range of contracts across the organization; advises on and manages intellectual property matters; reviews and evaluates decisions for legal risk; and provides a range of other legal support for a national non-profit organization.  Works extensively with volunteer leaders and staff throughout the organization. 
Job Activities:
  1. Negotiates, drafts, and reviews a wide range of contracts and other commercial agreements (including real estate and business partnership), working closely with internal business and program staff, as assigned by the General Counsel or the Chief Financial Executive.
  2. Reviews, develops and improves standard contracting procedures and terms, including maintenance of contract database, development and updating of contract templates, improvement of contracting guidelines and procedures, and staff training.
  3. Advises on intellectual property matters, including management and protection of trademarks and copyrights and filing of new trademark registrations.
  4. Reviews and evaluates business practices, decisions and actions for legal risk, in consultation with General Counsel, including publication risk review for Club communications.
  5. Assists in the administration of the organization’s records retention policy, including periodic updating of the policy, coordinating staff record reviews, and assisting General Counsel with document retention notices related to specific matters.
  6. Advises and provides training for staff across the organization on legal issues and risks, troubleshooting problems, addressing litigation and legal threats, and responding to other matters in a variety of legal practice areas.
  7. Performs legal research on a wide variety of legal issues in support of General Counsel’s role in advising on organizational policies, governance issues, and specific legal and business issues facing the organization.
  8. Assists General Counsel in responding to and managing legal claims against Sierra Club, and managing outside counsel with respect to litigation and legal threats.
  9. Advises on a range of other business and operational issues relevant to a large, complex tax-exempt organization.
  10. Performs miscellaneous duties, special projects and reports as assigned.


  • Juris Doctor.  Admitted to practice and in good standing with the State Bar of California.
  • 4-6 years of relevant legal experience. In-house (including non-profit) experience is a plus.
  • Strong legal drafting skills and substantial contract review and negotiation experience, preferably for a broad range of clients and types of agreements.
  • Proficient in use of Windows-based computer systems, including Google Apps,Word, and Excel.
  • Excellent organizational skills.  Ability to track multiple priorities involving wide variety of legal issues.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with volunteers, staff, and outside counsel.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.  Excellent legal research skills.
  • Able to work independently and as a constructive team member; exercise initiative (ie., set own work priorities), and independent judgment and decision making.


The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan. This is a category 4 exempt position.

Application Instructions:

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