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Senior Attorney - TNC Job ID 51435 - Nature United - Toronto Ontario, NA


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Company: Nature United

WHO WE ARE

The Nature Conservancy and its Canadian affiliate, Nature United, are doing work you can believe in -- protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, the Conservancy has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world working in more than 75 countries and territories. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. 

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which include a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

As a conservation organization, we support the authority of Indigenous peoples to steward and manage their lands and waters by working in partnership with Indigenous Nations to strengthen governance, build on-the-ground stewardship capacity, support leaders, and catalyze local economies. 

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice are central to achieving our conservation mission and we are committed to co-creating a culture that is equitable and a workplace that is diverse, inclusive, and safe for all staff, partners, donors, and volunteers.  Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you.

All staff based in Canada are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of receiving one of the vaccines approved in Canada is a condition of employment and must be provided prior to starting work. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, and reasonable accommodations for candidates who cannot be vaccinated due to a valid medical or human rights reason will be considered.

WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOU

Do you want to build on your deal experience in a mission driven organization?  The Senior Attorney provides legal services on complex matters to advance Conservancy priorities and appropriately manage risk. 

WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE TOGETHER

The Senior Attorney provides legal services on complex matters for Canada and other assigned programs. They ensure that transactions and activities are legally sound and consistent with our mission, policies, and procedures. They clearly articulate complex legal concepts and options to assure compliance with domestic and international laws, particularly those that apply to public charities. These matters may include complex land use projects such as creation of new protected areas; carbon credit and climate change initiatives; contracts and grants; corporate governance; government relations; engagements with large corporations; and private and public funding.

RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE

  • Assists in structuring activities to most effectively achieve our goals.
  • Reviews organizational documents and prepares and examines agreements which may involve government and private grants, carbon rights, endowments, licenses, purchases, sales, etc.
  • Influences decision-makers in assigned programs through strong communication skills.
  • Manages outside counsel effectively.
  • May supervise or provide guidance to less experienced attorneys or paralegals and other support staff.
  • Performs special projects as requested by department management.
  • Serves as the primary legal contact for various clients.
  • Travel occasionally and work long or flexible hours as needed.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Juris Doctorate or equivalent and license to practice law in at least one jurisdiction.
  • Five (5) years relevant legal experience or at least three (3) years relevant legal experience coupled with assumption of significant responsibilities for a geographic area or subject matter expertise.
  • Experience negotiating complex transactions and agreements.
  • Experience working across cultures.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Fluency in French (oral and written) preferred.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • In-house experience or law firm experience advising sophisticated clients and senior management.
  • Experience developing, directing, and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals.
  • Excellent legal research skills.
  • Working knowledge of current trends in relevant discipline.
  • Eagerness to participate in cultural competency training and advancing right relations with Indigenous Peoples.

WHAT WE BRING

We offer a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers. We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!

We are committed to building a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce, based on the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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