The American Arbitration Association (AAA), the leading provider of alternative dispute resolution services, is seeking a Senior Counsel to serve as a member of the AAA’s legal department, which provides advice and support on a wide range of legal matters related to the AAA’s overall mission and the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services it provides. This position is located at our corporate headquarters in New York City. Named as one of the 50 best nonprofits to work for by the Non-Profit Times, our employees enjoy rewarding careers in a fast-paced, results-driven environment. We offer competitive a competitive compensation package, including incentives, and our employees also participate in a comprehensive benefits program that includes medical, dental, orthodontia, and vision coverage, a student loan repayment program, a 403(b) retirement plan with substantial company match, discounted pet insurance, and generous paid time-off benefits.
The ideal candidate will possess a broad legal skill set including general corporate, not for profit, or other organizational experience, with a demonstrated ability to interact and work with individuals at all levels internally and externally. Primary responsibilities include the following:Provides legal advice and counsel, and identifies and responds to legal issues or regulations impacting the AAA’s operations. Defends the AAA in litigation matters in a manner that protects the company’s impartial and neutral status. Retains, supervises, and coordinates outside counsel. Develops, implements and oversees corporate policies, procedures and programs.Negotiates, drafts or reviews a variety of contracts, leases, and vendor agreements.Researches and prepares legal opinions regarding the AAA’s various operations.Counsels and advises AAA executives on the legal aspects and business considerations of activities and cases within their assigned areas.Reviews and provides guidance on drafting or amending rules that are applicable to cases administered by the AAA. Monitors and advises on the potential impact of changes to state, federal and international laws and regulations that may impact the AAA’s activities.Assists in the development or implementation of compliance processes.Speaks to various in-house and outside groups regarding ADR.Researches legal issues that impact ADR and the work of the AAA.Serves on AAA committees, as assigned.Assists with corporate governance matters and documents. Supports the legal department’s overall goal of providing outstanding support and service to a global leader in alternative dispute resolution.
Education & Experience: J.D. degree and membership in the New York State Bar, or qualified to register as in-house counsel; 8 years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference for knowledge and demonstrated interest in arbitration, mediation, and ADR. Additional Qualifications:Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.Organized and proactive.Ability to prioritize changing workloads and timelines.Ability to travel interstate by air, rail, or auto (5% – 10%).