How You’ll Contribute
Job Description Summary
The Vice President and Senior Associate General Counsel will provide legal advice in the management of all employment related matters. Provide legal advice for benefits, payroll and immigration related matters. Act as the Society's Ethics Officer including with respect to ethical issues relating to NGS Explorers. Lead in coordinating the updating and maintenance of all organizational policies. Will be a collaborative, strategic and solutions-oriented advisor to numerous business clients regarding how these subjects influence NGS’s business strategy. This position reports to the Chief Legal Officer.
Legal Guidance & Negotiations: Advise Human Resources professionals, Senior Leadership and other managers on NGS policies and practices relating to local and federal employment laws, including Title VII, DC law, ACA, FMLA, ADA, FLSA, COBRA, ERISA, ADEA, USERRA, EO 11246 as well as U.S. immigration laws. Stay abreast of and advise regarding pending legislation and developments in case law. Advise on corporate downsizings, hiring, terminations, reorganizations, discipline and other matters. Dr...aft, negotiate and review employment contracts, severance agreements, temporary staffing agreements and independent contractor agreements. Advise on and manage outside counsel with respect to international employment law issues including establishment of foreign offices. (40%)
Claims Management: Manage claims including those brought under the Society's Alternative Dispute Resolution program and keep program current with developing law. Work with and manage outside counsel and work with mediators, human resources and business units to present best case on behalf of Society for threatened and filed claims, including development of successful strategy and resolution of potential cases. Respond to subpoenas. Review and respond to EEOC and other agency charges of employment discrimination. Represent Society in mediations and arbitrations. (15%)
Investigations: Conduct internal investigations and report to relevant decisionmakers relating to ethical complaints and other violations of organizational policies as directed by Chief Legal Officer. Manage outside counsel as needed in certain investigations as directed by Chief Legal Officer. Provide confidential reporting as required regarding investigations. (15%)
Policy and Practice Review; Training: Responsible for coordination of annual and as-needed updating and maintenance of all official Society policies (15%)
Ethics Officer: Engage in proactive conflict resolution where appropriate. Act as the Society's Ethics Officer. Responsible for development, adjustment, training, compliance and enforcement of NGS Code of Ethics. Educate managers and staff on Code of Ethics and also train on Fostering Respect & Diversity and other training programs. Review, respond and resolve ethical concerns raised by Society employees and third parties. Escalate where appropriate. (15%)
What You’ll Bring
JD, with license to practice as an attorney in DC
Minimum Years and Type of Experience
15+ years law firm or in-house experience in employment law counseling and employment litigation or dispute resolution and at least 7+ years of management experience required.
Necessary Knowledge and Skills
Employment law counseling and employment litigation or dispute resolution experience required.
Demonstrated substantive knowledge of the following laws and other employment laws required: Title VII, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, ADA, USERRA.
Experience conducting internal investigations and responding to employment discrimination claims required.
Law degree required.
Superior writing and analytical skills required, and an ability to quickly learn the fundamentals of different areas of the law.
Ability to interface effectively with Senior Leadership, Human Resources professionals, and all levels of staff strongly required.
Conflict resolution experience preferred
Strong interpersonal, written and oral communications skills to interact effectively with internal and external clients and counterparties in a highly professional manner.
Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
Exceptional organization skills and attention to detail required.
Ability to meet designated deadlines.
Ability to maintain highest level of confidentiality and ability to handle sensitive materials.
One staff member
As a leading nonprofit organization, National Geographic Society offers competitive salary and total rewards to attract, develop, and retain an innovative and dynamic workforce.
The salary range for this position starts at $220,000
Hybrid - At the Society, we believe in the advantages of coming together to build community, mentor and learn from colleagues, and connect more deeply with our mission. As a result, the majority of our staff are Hybrid. Our Hybrid category requires that staff work at Base Camp two days each week: every Wednesday plus either Tuesday or Thursday. Because we recognize that we can effectively work remotely, this designation has been updated to provide more flexibility, both in the days staff choose to come into the office and how often they are expected to be at Base Camp. And of course, Hybrid staff are also always welcome to come in additional days each week if they prefer.
We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a 100% match with the position. We are looking for someone with relevant skills and experience, not a checklist that exactly matches the job description. We want to help you grow and in return, you help us grow into a stronger, more inclusive organization.