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Nonprofit Attorney


Cheshire Law Group is expanding its legal team to add a part-time (up to 25 hours/week) experienced Nonprofit Law Attorney. No existing book of business is required.

Cheshire Law Group is a woman-owned law firm that exclusively represents nonprofit organizations as general counsel. Attorneys on the Firm’s legal team work with nonprofit organizations to become trusted advisors and to provide expert counsel on a wide variety of legal matters. This role is ideal for an exceptional attorney who is passionate about representing nonprofit organizations and who enjoys working independently to manage client matters, but who also appreciates collaboration with colleagues. The ideal candidate is driven by the desire to always meet clients’ needs in a positive, thoughtful, and thorough manner, and who enjoys working directly with leaders in the nonprofit sector to help develop cost-efficient solutions on legal matters. Please note that this position offers flexibility and may be remote, hybrid, or in-person. Should the part-time option be chosen, this position also offers the possibility of expanding to full-time status in the future depending upon client needs, demonstrated abilities, and work performance.

Responsibilities

Provide legal assistance and support nonprofit organization clients:       

  • Review, draft, revise, and finalize a wide variety of documents including contracts, grant agreements, policies, leases, registrations, resolutions, tax, and corporate forms
  • Research tax and other federal, state, and local laws such as lobbying, charitable solicitation, and governance matters    
  • Review and carefully analyze documents in preparation for mergers and other repositioning matters
  • Draft memoranda to document findings
  • Translate complex legal issues into understandable concepts using charts or visual aids

Client Management:

  • Support and/or manage projects and execute required work with little or no supervision
  • Communicate directly with clients and manage client project timeline and budget expectations
  • Monitor legal and compliance issues and client news/events, keeping up with industry trends
  • Collaborate with the Firm’s team and with outside counsel as needed

Requirements

  • JD degree required
  • Licensed to practice law in the US and must be in good standing
  • Licensed to practice law in PA mandatory (or eligible to waive into the Pennsylvania bar), with additional NJ license preferred and other state licenses (e.g., NY, MD, District of Columbia) a plus
  • Minimum 3+ years of relevant law experience
  • Strong demonstrated interest in and experience serving nonprofits a must (pro bono service, board service, volunteerism, and/or working with underserved clients or communities)
  • Nonprofit law, tax law, and/or corporate law experience a must, with a focus on corporate transactional law, complex corporate contracts, and agreements; familiarity with federal and/or state/local taxation is a plus
  • Comfortable with diversity and inclusive with regard to race, religion, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, reflecting the values of Cheshire Law Group, and also considering the demographic composition of the Firm’s clients and of the local community

Ideal Candidate Qualities

  • Builds and maintains long-term relationships
  • Delivers efficient and high-quality work product without compromising attention to detail  
  • Knowledgeable about substantive matters and possesses technical expertise
  • Hard-working; goes above and beyond; flexible; has a “no job is too small” mentality
  • Drives expedient, pragmatic solutions and positive outcomes
  • Independent, self-sufficient, and resourceful but enjoys collaboration
  • Communicates clearly and thoughtfully; strategically creative; excellent problem-solving skills
  • Highly organized; responsible; manages multiple priorities with ease and grace; timeliness; tenacious follow-through
  • High level of integrity and good judgment
  • Open to constructive criticism, able and eager to apply new knowledge to future projects
  • Thinks systemically and contributes to internal Firm projects; provides and implements suggestions for improvement that enhance our clients’ experiences and/or the Firm environment

Benefits

  • 401(k) Plan, with employer contribution
  • Bonuses (per Firm bonus policy)
  • Origination fees (per Firm origination policy)
  • Remote/WFH option on a permanent basis

Background check and screenings required after candidate is selected.

All interviews will be conducted virtually.


Cheshire Law Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer that provides opportunities to all employees and all applicants for employment.  The Firm prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.  We are fully committed to the importance of diversity in the legal profession, and we strongly encourage the interest of diverse candidates in the Firm.

Cheshire Law Group is a for-profit law firm that exclusively serves nonprofit organizations, meeting the unique legal needs of the nonprofit sector by providing high-quality, affordable legal services. We seek systemic solutions and have long-term relationships with many of our clients. Nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes benefit from our role as "on call" general counsel, fulfilling all nonprofit corporation legal needs including crisis management and repositioning. The Firm is located in the historic Clarkson-Watson House in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, once headquarters of Thomas Jefferson and the U.S. Attorney General.

Cheshire Law Group is certified as a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Learn more at www.cheshirenonprofitlaw.com

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