Opportunity, health, & well-being

Legal Counsel @ Emerson Collective

Palo Alto, CA [Hybrid]



Emerson Collective is an organization dedicated to creating pathways to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. They center their work on education, immigration reform, the environment, health, with justice as our goal. They use a wide range of tools and strategies — partnering with entrepreneurs and experts, makers and policymakers, advocates, and creatives — to build and execute innovative solutions that will spur change and promote equality.

In order to address national and global-scale problems, they employ a wide range of tools and strategies. They believe that a combination of Philanthropy and Venture Capital can support the greatest leaps of innovation. This model allows them to deploy resources in the most flexible way for the greatest impact.


The Opportunity

The Legal Counsel will join a multifaceted Legal Team and report to the General Counsel. You will take on a broad and unique range of agreements and be a strategic advisor to business teams across Emerson Collective (EC). You will bring a business-oriented, practical mindset to solving problems and implement systems and processes to empower all teams across their ecosystem while protecting their values, assets and reputation. Your legal advice will accelerate the work across EC and maximize impact while mitigating unintended risks. You will serve as their primary point of contact on contracts and will work closely with their teams, including their operational teams, and both teach and learn along the way.


Roles and Responsibilities
  • Drafting, negotiating, advising and managing a wide range of day-to-day and more complex contracts and third-party agreements, including services agreements, NDAs, funding and grant agreements, employment-related agreements, licensing and data sharing agreements and event/venue agreements
  • Acting as EC’s contract management software administrator using a variety of systems, including Ironclad and Google Drive
  • Providing general legal advice to EC teams (and partners, as necessary) regarding a wide variety of matters in areas such as general corporate, exempt organizations, intellectual property/data privacy/trademark, employment, immigration, and other areas of law in coordination with the General Counsel and in consultation with external counsel as needed
  • Strategizing with EC teams during planning phase of their projects and events, then advising regarding practical implications in the context of relevant law and Emerson policies and values
  • Operating as a centralized touch point for EC teams for legal advice through regularly hosted office hours
  • Being a trusted resource to EC operational teams (i.e., IT, Engineering, People, Workplace Experience, and Finance) to support execution of key objectives
  • Assisting with advice on COVID protocol and coordinating on related needs, including intranet website content maintenance, staff coordination for event and office testing
  • Maintaining EC and affiliated entities corporate policies and related documentation
  • Hosting legal trainings for new hires, and coordinating additional legal trainings with external partners consulting with People team and external counsel regarding employee benefits for each class of employee
  • Handling other matters as needed at the direction of the General Counsel


Qualifications, Skills and Requirements
  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school
  • Membership in at least one state bar with all admissions being in good standing
  • 4+ years of transactional legal experience (ideally a combination of work with a top international law firm and in house)
  • Experience with early stage or growing organizations
  • Strong, independent drafting, negotiation and writing skills, requiring minimal oversight
  • Experience managing transactions and high volume of documents on deadlines, including using technology and processes
  • A strong understanding of at least one of the following areas of law: exempt organizations, data and privacy, employment, policy/advocacy
  • Impeccable organization and project management skills, with an ability to re-prioritize tasks and be nimble
  • The ability to solve problems in a business friendly yet creative manner
  • A proactive self-starter, who is ready to hit the ground running
  • Intellectually curious with a willingness to learn new areas of the law
  • Skilled at building rapport and camaraderie with others, including EC teams and external partner organizations
  • Alignment with our mission and values


Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiar with contract management tools such as Ironclad, Waiverforever, DocuSign, Zapier and Google Drive, or similar programs
  • Experienced acting as a strategic partner to business teams, operating cross functionally, and using strategic thinking to achieve business goals creatively
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to distill legal concepts into plain language
  • A collaborative team player who lends a hand to the rest of the legal team and speaks up when they need help



Emerson Collective is a Bay Area-based organization with offices in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. This position is based in Palo Alto, CA, with the ability to work from another office from time to time.


What Emerson Collective offers

A mission-driven, diverse, and inclusive environment that focuses on learning and growing. They offer excellent benefits and perks designed for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance. These include flexible paid time off, competitive health insurance, a generous retirement savings plan, paid parental leave, commuter benefits, mental health and family care benefits, lunch in the office, book club, weekly yoga, a new iPhone and iWatch, time off to volunteer, participation in social justice events, and more.

The salary for this role is highly competitive and commensurate with experience.

Building a diverse and inclusive workforce is key to EC's mission and values as they strive to create systematic change and open possibilities for all of the communities they serve. To that end, they provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics.



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