Title: General Counsel
Based in Washington DC
Up to 15% international travel
Reports to President & Chief Executive Officer
Who we are
With over 45 years of experience, Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer empowered healthcare.
There are over 7,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. All with unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.
The General Counsel is responsible for undertaking and/or overseeing the legal work for the organization; he/she is accountable for all aspects of PSI legal affairs, and ensures the appropriate protection of its legal rights. The incumbent stays abreast of activities across all divisions of the organization and evaluates this information to understand and anticipate potential legal impacts on the organization and to provide the best overall advice to PSI’s senior leadership team and other staff.
Sound like you? Read on.
The PSI General Counsel has the following key areas of responsibility:
Provides support for Governance, Board matters, Corporate Secretary functions.
Participates in the definition and development of corporate policies procedures and programs and provides continuing counsel on legal implications.
Selects, manages, and evaluates outside Counsel (including local counsel and specialized services) and arranges pro bono services as needed.
Oversees the Organization’s code of conduct and complex investigations, conflicts of interest, fraud reporting to Donors.
Protects the organizations Intellectual Property.
Oversees local registrations in program countries.
Ensures the Organization has policies and practices in place to be in compliance with US and global legal requirements, including family planning and abortion (PLGHA, Helms), GDPR, FCPA, safeguarding (trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation, child protection), and human subjects research.
Provides MOUs, implementation agreement templates and specialized support.
Protects the organization from legal action and manages complex contractual issues, lawsuits & arbitration proceedings, and disputes with donors or sub recipients as needed.
Provides insights to senior leadership on organization issues and strategy.
Responds to external auditors regarding contingent liabilities.
Provides support as needed for fundraising and unique/custom donation agreements for individuals and corporations.
Provides legal templates/updates to procurement/grants & contracts and supports on complex issues or new terms.
Support for issues regarding Federal Tax exemption, non-profit rules.
Advises on lobbying restrictions.
What are we looking for?
The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:
Measurement: You use hard evidence to make decisions and guide your work. You set clear goalposts in advance and explain clearly if you need to move them.
Pragmatism: You’ll strive to deliver the best possible result with the resources available. You won’t be paralyzed by a need to make things perfect.
Honesty: You own your mistakes and are open about your shortcomings – it’s the only way you’ll learn and improve.
Collaboration: You’ll quickly establish a mental map of whom you can rely on for what, on your team, at headquarters, and in our country offices – if you try to do it all yourself, you won’t succeed.
Trust: You accept limits to your sphere of control and give colleagues the benefit of the doubt.
Commitment: You are in it for the long-haul and want to grow with the organization, just like PSI serves its consumers and partners with host-country governments through thick and thin.
Our ideal candidate will posses:
JD from an ABA-accredited law school and a license to practice law and in good standing any state or territory of the US;
10+ years of legal practice as an attorney with experience working with business contracts, tax-exempt entities, and/or corporate law;
Excellent verbal and written English communications and negotiations skills Excellent analytical abilities and legal research skills;
Able to travel internationally up to 15% per year;
Experience with 501(c)(3) organizations working in International Development a plus;
Ability to work well in a fast-paced, complex environment;
Experience with bilateral and multi-lateral donors;
Experience working with US and foreign legal counsel as well as offices of Inspector General (USG or Other Donors);
References will be required.
Must be authorized to work in the United States. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position.
The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.