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Associate General Counsel

Req ID: 7090
Location: Chicago - Loop
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule: 13
Job Notes: Must have Illinois law license



Organization:   Heartland Alliance is one of the world’s leading anti-poverty organizations, working in vulnerable communities in the U.S. and abroad. Heartland Alliance serves those who are homeless, living in poverty or seeking safety by partnering with communities to break cycles of inequality. The organization is comprised of five nonprofit corporations, which provide a comprehensive array of services in the areas of health, housing, jobs and justice and leads state and national policy efforts that target lasting change for individuals and society.


Summary:  The Associate General Counsel is responsible for carrying out a wide range of legal work for the organization.  The Associate General Counsel will manage an independent workload and will also work with the General Counsel to provide legal services.   Representative matters include reviewing and drafting contracts, advising on legal issues relating to proposed new programs, and counseling on employment law issues.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  1. Provides sound legal guidance on range of matters that affect the organization:
    • Contracts and leases
    • Health care legal issues
    • Employment matters
    • Litigation  
    • Information privacy, security, and management matters
    • Participant-related matters
  2. Reviews and/or drafts contracts covering a broad range of matters, taking into account business issues and the requirements of government funders
  3. Works with compliance staff to assure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, particularly in the areas of federal contracting and health care
  4. Reviews organization policies for legal issues and advises on appropriate revisions and new policies
  5. Counsels staff throughout the organization on current or potential legal exposure and issues
  6. Advises on legal matters associated with new and revised laws and regulations
  7. Oversees outside counsel on any significant program divestments
  8. Represents organization in litigation, working with outside counsel as appropriate
  9. Assists in creating various process improvements, such as preparing form contracts, establishing departmental web page, and developing organizational contract approval process
  10. Assists in selecting and managing outside counsel.



Supervisory Responsibility: With General Counsel, provides shared oversight of Executive Coordinator, delivering timely feedback to Coordinator and Executive Administrator.


Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and Experience:  Must be a graduate of an accredited law school and licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois. Incumbent must remain a member of the Illinois State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment. Minimum of six years’ experience with relevant legal issues in a law firm or as in-house counsel.
  • Legal Knowledge: Knowledge of contract law required; knowledge of federal contracting, technology contracts, health care law, information privacy issues, corporate law (corporate mergers and divestments), tax issues relating to exempt organizations, and employment law preferred.
  • Organizational and Practice Skills: Must be comfortable working with range of clients, managing busy practice with multiple competing priorities, and learning about new areas of practice.   
  • Negotiation: Ability to independently negotiate business contracts, settlement agreements, and other legal matters.
  • Critical thinking: Use critical thinking skills to examine contractual language and provide risk management advice.
  • Communication: Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
  • Computer Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook; Windows operating systems; and other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance.


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.



Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.

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