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 General Counsel - Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Posted by: Human Rights Campaign 
Hiring entity type: Not-for-Profit 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Legal
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 307 / Latpro-3578943 
Date posted: Nov-02-2017
State, Zip: District of Columbia, 20036


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Job Description


We strongly encourage people of color, transgender and non-binary people to apply. HRC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including non-LGBTQ people, to join our team.


Position Summary:


The General Counsel is the lead business attorney for the Human Rights Campaign, its affiliated PACs, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and is responsible for ensuring compliance with and minimizing risk and liability under all applicable federal, state, and local laws. The General Counsel provides advice and counsel to the President and Chief Operating Officer and to the Chairs of the Boards of Directors of the HRC/HRC Foundation, and senior staff in matters including, but not limited to, management and employment/labor matters; real estate; political and electoral work and communications; tax and board governance issues arising between the corporate entities and programs; intellectual property including trademark, copyright and fair use; and risk management and cybersecurity. 


The General Counsel recruits and supervises significant pro bono counsel resources and oversees paid specialty outside counsel to provide responsive, comprehensive and high quality legal services to all programs, activities and operations of the Human Rights Campaign, the PAC, and the HRC Foundation. The General Counsel also supervises the work on state compliance on lobbying, ballot measures and state elections performed part-time by staff counsel in the Legal department.



Position Responsibilities:


  • Elections/Campaign Law : Ensure that the Human Rights Campaign and affiliated PACs are complying with federal, state and local candidate election law, and laws governing state and local ballot measures. Oversee and/or review all necessary reports, including to the FEC, the House and Senate, and state and local agencies.


  • Tax Law : Advise the Human Rights Campaign, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and the PACs on legal tax issues including maintaining the legal and fiscal integrity of the corporations.


  • Personnel/Labor Law : Provide advice and counsel on personnel issues, including managing from a perspective of supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce. Assist senior management with the management-labor relationship, including serving as counsel to the management negotiating team during union contract negotiations.


  • Contract Law : Review organizational contracts, negotiate or renegotiate contract provisions, and draft contracts for consultants and project partnerships.


  • Intellectional Property : Trademark and Copyright Law: Provide legal advice and counsel on intellectual property issues, including trademark registration licensing and protection, as well as managing fair use practices.


  • Real Estate and Commercial Leases : Serve as lead counsel on matters regarding the leasing of space for business purposes.


  • Exempt Organizations : Advise the membership staff on membership activities including direct mail activities, telemarketing, door-to-door canvassing, prides, web site membership drives, partners program, house parties, member liaisons and local efforts, and brochures.
    • Advise the development staff on activities including primary and secondary events, community events, the Federal Club, the Major Donor program, planned giving, corporate development, and Foundation work.
    • Support the development of innovative partnerships, including sponsorship, commercial co-venture agreements and other relationships that add to organizational relationships.
    • Support the creation of relationships with other entities through formal contracts or creation of new legal entities to advance programmatic work.
    • Serve as counsel to the Boards of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, advising on corporate structures and board governance issues. Serve as corporate secretary to both HRC and the HRC Foundation, including maintaining corporate records.


  • Manage at least one employee including, when applicable, interviewing, hiring, conducting performance reviews, coaching, motivating, and disciplining employees.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Position Qualifications:


  • Law degree (JD) from an accredited law school and D.C. Bar license or ability and willingness to immediately apply to waive into the D.C. Bar. 
  • Seven to ten years of full-time legal practice with a demonstrated familiarity with many if not all of the areas of practice listed in the areas of responsibilities.
  • Strong preference for non-profit experience, including federal and state election law, federal and state tax law, contract negotiations, employment/labor law, exempt organizations law, and contracts law.
  • Familiarity with intellectual property and real estate law helpful.
  • Substantial experience supervising other attorneys, as well as experience in recruiting and working with pro bono law firm counsel necessary.
  • Must be highly organized, detail-oriented and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to manage short-term and long-term projects.
  • Flexibility with work schedule; this position does require occasional evening and weekend work.
  • Must have excellent writing skills and strong verbal communication skills.
  • Strong skills with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Google Apps (Gmail, Google Docs and Drive).
  • Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact.
  • Ability to manage competing demands and work with non-attorneys on solution-oriented approach to issues presented while maintaining sense of humor is key.
  • Commitment to HRC's mission of promoting equality for all LGBTQ people.
  • Strong interest in and knowledge of the rapidly changing LGBTQ equality movement.


All positions at the Human Rights Campaign may require travel on a regular basis or periodically. Where the need arises for business travel, appropriate compensation as outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act will apply.


No phone calls, please. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to queries about application status. 

Job Location
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Position Type


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