Assistant General Counsel

Richard Gilder Graduate School
September 21, 2023
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For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to [email protected] or [email protected] . Application materials should include a current resume and expression of interest.

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Position Title Assistant General Counsel

Department General Counsel - 128 Position Summary

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.

The Assistant General Counsel will be responsible for providing legal advice and counsel to senior management at the Museum on a wide range of matters including individual giving; gift vehicles such as family foundations and donor advised funds; corporate and individual sponsorships; government and foundation grants; exhibition loan agreements; specimen loan and transfer agreements; goods and services agreements; non-profit tax matters such as deductibility of donations and UBIT; student and faculty issues; data privacy; IT licenses and service agreements; IP licensing; copyright and other intellectual property matters; and counsel on the wide variety of other matters facing the Museum. This attorney will also provide advice on non- profit governance including organizational documents; institutional policies and best practices; managing conflicts of interest; and compliance with State not-for-profit and education law. One of the fundamental responsibilities of the position will be the need to have an awareness and understanding of the obligations that concern the Museum as a tax-exempt educational organization so that appropriate legal advice is given to management.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as legal advisor on a range of museum and education-related matters, with broad knowledge of New York not-for-profit and education law, and federal tax exemption laws and regulations.
  • Advising on non-profit governance including organizational documents, institutional policies, and support for board and committee meetings.
  • Supporting various internal departments at AMNH on their contractual arrangements, including but not limited to, Education, Exhibition, Communications, and Institutional Advancement.
  • Advising on, drafting and reviewing gift agreements from individuals, gift vehicles (such as family foundations and donor advised funds), corporate and individual sponsorships, and government and foundation grants.
  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a wide variety of contracts, including but not limited to, exhibition, loan, and specimen acquisition agreements, goods and services agreements, IT licenses and software agreements, and copyright agreements.
  • Engaging with outside counsel, when needed, to address matters on behalf of AMNH.
  • The expected salary range for the Assistant General Counsel is $215,000 – 230,000. The AMNH offers an extensive benefits package designed to meet the needs of our dedicated and diverse community.

    Pay will be determined based on several factors. The hiring range for the position at commencement is based on the type of work and the scope of responsibilities. The salary and placement offered is based on a number of individualized factors, including, but not limited to, skills, knowledge, training, education, credentials, areas of specialization and depth and scope of experience.

    Required Qualifications

  • J.D. (from an ABA-accredited law school) and state bar admission in New York or eligibility for immediate membership.
  • 5+ years of experience in a law firm or combined with a complex not-for- profit institution.
  • Professional experience providing legal services to non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education or cultural organizations is desirable.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • A desire to join a mission driven practice, with a passion for cultural institutions.
  • Strong teammate who works well with others, and has excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to multi-task and manage multiple diverse matters at once, and inspire confidence among colleagues and institutional clients.
  • Excellent judgment and the ability to balance legal risks with business strategy.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, as part of a small legal team with a willingness to support others in the team.
  • Highest level of integrity and attention to client service demonstrated when engaging with the other colleagues and the leadership team.
  • A relationship builder capable of establishing connections throughout the Museum.
  • Brings a “Can-Do” and positive approach to the role.
  • Physical Demands Category Full-Time Total Number of Scheduled Hours Per Pay Period 70 Union Status Non-Union FLSA Exempt Expected Salary Minimum $215,000/annual Expected Salary Maximum $230,000/annual EEO Statement

    The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum does not discriminate with respect to employment, or admission or access to Museum facilities, programs or activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, current or former participation in the uniformed services, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin, or on account of any other basis prohibited by applicable City, State, or Federal law. Additional protections are afforded in employment based on arrest or conviction record, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, unemployment status, and credit history, in each case to the extent provided by law. If special accommodations are needed in applying for a position, please call the Office of Human Resources.

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    Posting Number GS690P

    Open Date 08/21/2023 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

    Applications and nominations are being received by Major, Lindsey & Africa. The hiring team will begin reviewing applications immediately.

    For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to [email protected] or [email protected] . Application materials should include a current resume and expression of interest.

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