Associate Counsel

Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 1 month ago(10/27/2020 12:59 PM)
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TSNE (formerly Third Sector New England) ( is a management support organization that partners every year with hundreds of nonprofits, foundations, community-based groups, and others working for social change. Our mission is to provide information and services to build the knowledge, power, and effectiveness of individuals, organizations, and groups that engage people in community and public life. The ultimate intention of our work is to create a more just and democratic society.


We assist a wide range of organizations in the social sector with a mix of management support and capacity building services in consulting, financial and grants management, business administration, human resources, compensation and benefits administration, professional development training and research in nonprofit fields of practice.


As a leading voice and capacity builder in the nonprofit sector, TSNE is committed to learning and building our practices and values around diversity, inclusion and equity, and working in a culturally proficient way with our staff and the organizations and communities we serve. We actively cultivate a work environment that values the experiences of individuals in an open-minded and collaborative atmosphere.


The Associate Counsel owns the development and implementation of risk management and compliance frameworks and policies and works in collaboration with the General Counsel and other legal team staff to manage legal matters for the organization and its fiscally sponsored organizations (FSOs), including: grants review, contracts drafting and review, advising on legal matters, and implements TSNE’s compliance framework.


Legal and Advisory

  • Serve as the primary legal advisor to assigned FSOs, providing excellent client service projects, collaborating across the organization to ensure projects’ legal needs are met, and working with Executive Directors to identify potential risks and implement risk management and compliance policies and strategies;
  • Serve as a legal advisor and resource to TSNE and provide legal advice on matters related to business structure, operations, and strategy;
  • Periodically review and provide guidance on the structure of FSOs;
  • Lead the risk assessment process for prospective FSOs;
  • Negotiate contracts for assigned internal teams and FSOs;
  • In collaboration with the General Counsel, manage investigations and other incidents related to TSNE’s FSOs;
  • Serve as a legal resource for TSNE’s business lines, including property and consulting, and;
  • Assist with managing external counsel engagements.

Risk Management and Compliance

  • Develop and implement risk management frameworks to assess and manage organization risk;
  • In collaboration with the General Counsel, develop and implement a tool for assessing the risk of new FSOs;
  • Support the General Counsel in reviewing, drafting, and updating organizational policies, procedures and controls in collaboration with department leads;
  • Support the General Counsel in developing, overseeing, and ensuring TSNE’s regulatory, contract, and compliance policies and processes and up-to-date and implemented with fidelity, including regulatory compliance, employment and labor law issues, information security, regulations, and restrictions pertaining to tax exempt status, fundraising law, trademark practices, and intellectual property protection;
  • Review and continuously monitor labor and employment laws in states in which TSNE has employees to ensure compliance;
  • Manage litigation holds;
  • Identify and track compliance requirements, including those requirements applicable to federally funded grants and contracts;
  • Identify risks for the organization and provide solutions for limiting exposure;
  • Manage the implementation of the annual organizational risk assessment, including the monitoring of compliance plans and preparation of audit reports and remediation plans;
  • Develop, implement, and manage trainings for new FSO staff members and advisory boards on risk management and compliance, collaborating with other internal teams to provide appropriate training in different areas (e.g. human resources, finance);
  • Develop, implement, and manage trainings for internal team and FSOs on risk identification and strategies for risk mitigation;
  • Develop, implement, and manage trainings for internal team and FSOs on risk management frameworks, policies and procedures.

Contracts and Grants 

  • Draft, review, and negotiate contracts and grants (including vendor agreements, leases, and fee for service contracts) on behalf of TSNE’s FSOs and TSNE’s internal teams, ensuring compliance with applicable funding terms, laws, and regulations including Uniform Guidance and TSNE policies;
  • Supports other legal team members in the contracts administration process, including the implementation of contracts management systems and training of internal teams and FSOs on contracts process;
  • As needed, advise fiscal sponsorship staff on proposal documentation and pre-award documentation for federal and private grants to ensure accuracy and compliance;
  • Collaborate with interdepartmental team to on-board on off-board FSOs;
  • Maintain and update contracts templates, as needed;
  • Provide backup supervision support for the Contracts Administrators, when appropriate.

Complete other tasks and projects related to the job, as needed.


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • Law degree from an accredited law school with an active license in good standing to practice law in Massachusetts;
  • 3+ years of experience in risk management and compliance;
  • 5+ years of experience negotiating and drafting contracts of all types at substantial volume required;
  • Prior experience reviewing and negotiating grant agreements required, preferably including federal awards;
  • JD. required;
  • Familiarity with risk management software and the ability to identify and implement technology solutions related to risk management;
  • Ability to use software necessary to complete job functions;
  • Ability to provide high level of responsive customer service to stakeholders;
  • Ability to maintain client confidentiality;
  • Ability to work independently with limited day-to-day management oversight;
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and responsibilities and to track and meet deadlines;
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills;
  • Extremely well-organized with excellent attention-to-detail;
  • Ability to tactfully and diplomatically work through challenging situations with stakeholders;
  • Ability to effectively manage and professionally support direct reports;
  • Ability to work as a team player in a fast-paced, diverse, environment;
  • Ability to move past challenges and find solutions;
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for TSNE's mission and to the work of social and economic justice organizations is preferred.

Physical Demands/Work Environment


The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Compensation and Benefits


Location: Work is primarily performed at our main office at The NonProfit Center (89 South St. Suite 700, Boston, MA 02111). Work may be performed remotely with the ability to commute to the office as-needed.

Compensation: The starting salary for this position is $110,000.00/yr and is commensurate with experience.

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO)*: 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1 week personal holiday, and sick time for full-time staff;
  • 80% Employer-paid, $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim;
  • Low-cost Guardian Dental and Vision;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care;
  • Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance;
  • Employer-paid Pension through TIAA;
  • ...and more!

TSNE envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  


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