Associate Corporate Counsel

Natural Resources Defense Council Santa Monica , CA 90405

Posted 2 months ago


NRDC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.

NRDC is seeking an Associate Corporate Counsel to work with the Corporate Counsel team in our Washington, D.C., San Francisco, New York, Santa Monica or Chicago office.

Position SummaryThe Corporate Counsel team provides in-house legal support to all NRDC programs and departments. This position will focus primarily (but not exclusively) on supporting the NRDC/NRDC Action Fund contracting function within the Corporate Counsel function, as well as on providing general legal counsel and support on a variety of other in-house legal matters.


  • Draft, review, and negotiate institutional contracts for NRDC functions.

  • Advise internal clients on the interpretation of, and compliance with, contracts, and on issues related to contracting, such as independent contractor classification.

  • Assist in the management of the institutional contracts management platform.

  • Assist internal clients with contract dispute resolution issues.

  • Provide ongoing legal support on a variety of in-house legal matters, including support for substantive programmatic work and support for operations functions (Finance, Real Estate and Workplace Strategies, Development and IT).

  • Provide staff with training on issues related to contracting and other relevant legal topics.

  • Assist with the establishment, implementation, and management of various internal policies and procedures.

  • Monitor and advise on legal and regulatory developments relevant to NRDC's operations.

  • Work with outside counsel as necessary, and effectively assist in the management of related billing and budgetary considerations.


  • Commitment to NRDC's mission and values.

  • Law degree from an accredited law school and active bar membership in relevant jurisdiction(s).

  • At least 2 years of law practice.

  • Demonstrated experience with contracts and business law.

  • Excellent drafting, negotiation, research, and written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to communicate complex legal concepts clearly and succinctly.

  • Strong critical thinking and analytical ability, sound judgment, strategic orientation, and interpersonal maturity.

  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment with a workforce distributed across multiple offices, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines with strong attention to detail.

  • Integrity, professional discretion, and ability to handle sensitive/confidential matters.

  • Flexibility and ability to work well independently on multiple projects with a wide variety of people, at all levels of the organization and across offices/remote work locations.

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with skills and experience. For this position, the salary is $110,000 to $126,000. Internal equity considerations will be reviewed before making a final offer.

Since March 2020, NRDC's offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be associated with one of our offices, but until circumstances allow us to re-open, we will continue to support NRDCers with remote working arrangements.

As a science-based organization, NRDC aims to do our part to help contain the COVID-19 public health crisis. For the sake of health, safety, and equity, we ask that people be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation or other exemption in accordance with state and local law. We consider a person to be vaccinated two weeks after receiving one full course of a CDC-approved vaccine. In accordance with state or local law, new hires will be asked to attest to vaccination, those wishing to do so may request medical or religious accommodations or other exemptions via NRDC Employee Relations. NRDC treats all vaccine-related data confidentially, in keeping with local, state, and federal laws.

To apply, visit and upload your rsum and cover letter. Please mention where you saw this posting and upload any additional materials that showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of applications, we will contact only those candidates we would like to interview. Please no phone calls, emails, or in-person rsum drop-offs.

If you experience technical problems while applying or if you are a person with a disability and need assistance applying online, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care at 1-800-889-4422.

For more about NRDC, visit

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