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Senior Legal Counsel - Part-Time

Permanent employee, Part-time · London, San Francisco or New York

About us
At Founders Pledge, our mission is to empower entrepreneurs to do immense good. Since launching in 2015, we’ve raised over $4 billion for the most impactful social causes. We offer the simplest path to impact for successful entrepreneurs, providing end-to-end giving infrastructure, pioneering research, and access to a worldwide network of experts. In other words, we help tech leaders become strategic philanthropists. Our 1600+ members include the people behind industry-leading companies such as Dropbox, Skype, Spotify, Uber, and Airbnb.
About the role
We have a newly created position for a stand-alone, part-time Senior Legal Counsel who will own, manage, prioritise and mitigate ‘legal risk’ across the business. This will involve working with our multi-disciplinary teams, from fundraising, growth, advisory, deployment and operations to ensure we are both compliant and following legal best practice. You’ll report to our COO. 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • General governance of each of our entities, in the UK, US and Germany. You’ll oversee governance of future entities and lead on the most appropriate set-up to allow us to achieve our goals, including further global expansion. 
  • Helping us to understand the data protection landscape, our obligations, ensuring we have the correct copyrights, disclosures and privacy policies in documents and on our website. You don’t need to be a data protection specialist, but experience in this realm will be incredibly useful. 
  • Guiding us in our relationships with high-net-worth individuals and manage pledge agreements, contribution agreements and NDAs. This will include creating bespoke agreements for members and leading our understanding of when we can deviate from our ‘norm.’
  • Assisting our deployment team with a wide range of ad-hoc and complex agreements. You’ll need to quickly navigate which are acceptable/non-acceptable terms for the business.
  • Hands-on management of all of our contracts and agreements and managing ad-hoc projects, e.g. state-specific charity registrations in the US. 

Hours: 24-hours per week.
Location: Flexible remote - UK or USA.

Salary: Up to £60,000/$90,000.
About you
We’re ideally looking for someone with in-depth experience in both US and UK corporate law.

You’ll ideally have excellent private practice training and/or in-house experience in a fast-paced environment. Specifically, we’re looking for:

  • Experience in a global legal counsel role, in a multinational context, with focus in the US.
  • Proven ability to work across a business with a broad remit, fact-finding in areas that are less familiar to you and guiding us on the best way forward.
  • A desire to research and quickly upskill as necessary, to grow/broaden your expertise.
  • Non-profit/charity experience would be an advantage but we’re also interested in applicants with a desire to understand the philanthropic landscape and apply your skills to our business.
  • Experience in a smaller start-up organisation would also be beneficial. 
  • The ability to work effectively (and frugally!) with external specialists when necessary, across a variety of fields, including tax and employment law across multiple jurisdictions.
Why work with us?
You can find more about the benefits we offer here, but what makes us truly special is both our mission and our people. We’re a diverse team, from both charitable and commercial backgrounds, who believe that amazing things can happen when we tackle problems together. We offer a flat structure and an opportunity to help shape the future of philanthropy.

We have a global flexible first approach to working.

For this role, we ask that all applicants are based within either the UK or USA, with a reliable home wifi connection and we’ll provide you with everything else you need to be successful in your role. You’ll have the option to use a desk in either one of our offices or a co-working space close to your home, as often as you like. 

On top of this, we bring the global team together twice per year!

There is no closing date for applications and we will interview on a rolling basis. 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at Founders Pledge. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace where everyone can do their best work.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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