About Acacia Center for Justice:
The objective of the Acacia Center for Justice (“Acacia”) is to expand on the work of providing legal support and representation to immigrants facing deportation through the development, coordination and management of national networks of legal services providers serving immigrants across the country. Acacia’s goals are twofold: to support immigrant legal services and defense networks to provide exceptional legal services to immigrants and to advocate for the expansion of these programs and the infrastructure critical to guaranteeing immigrants access to justice, fairness and freedom. Acacia will focus the collective power of both Vera and CAIR on delivering accountable, independent, zealous and person-centered legal services and representation to protect the rights of all immigrants at risk of deportation.
The Associate General Counsel (AGC) will join Acacia’s growing in-house legal department, currently made up of a General Counsel and a Legal Department Manager. The AGC will provide legal advice and support for all of Acacia’s programs and departments and will be a resource to Acacia’s senior leadership. The AGC will be involved in all aspects of Acacia’s in-house legal work, including transactional, compliance, and contracting work streams. As Acacia is a relatively new organization, the AGC will also play a role in developing new organizational policies, building compliance infrastructure, and supporting organizational growth and development.
Manage subcontracting under Acacia’s federally funded programs:
- Draft and review contracts and agreements.
- Negotiate terms with funders, subcontractors, and vendors.
- Provide legal analysis of federal and state contracts, including the application of incorporated laws and regulations.
- Advise Acacia leadership on risk related to contractual matters.
Provide legal advice and guidance to Acacia’s employees and leadership:
- Support the programs team by advising on contract matters or implications of federal and state laws.
- Research legal matters and advise the GC or Acacia leadership as appropriate.
Assist with corporate matters and compliance, including:
- Regulatory matters and federal or state filings.
- Employment law.
- Tax and audit.
Required Skills, Knowledge, Abilities:
- 5+ years of relevant legal practice.
- Significant expertise in procurement, contracting, transactional and commercial legal matters.
- Experience managing a large volume of subcontractors, subgrantees, vendors, or other contracted entities.
- Strong drafting and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently on contract negotiations or other transactions of significant size and complexity.
- Working knowledge of corporate legal matters such as insurance and compliance.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge, Abilities:
- Experience with federal contracting.
- Knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Register (FAR).
- Experience working in an in-house legal department, ideally in a nonprofit or government setting.
Education and Experience:
JD from an accredited law school and a license to practice law in at least one US jurisdiction.
Compensation and Benefits:
Acacia has established an internal compensation philosophy that centers equity and pay transparency. The salary for this position is set at $118,200. The salary listed is just one component of Acacia’s total compensation package for employees. Supporting Acacia staff—both personally and professionally—is our priority.
- Medical/Dental/Vision- Some plans at $0 cost to the employee
- Employee Assistance Program
- 20 days per year of vacation time
- 12 days per year of sick time
- 5 personal days
- 12 observed holidays, including the last week of December.
- 4 Acacia Wellness Days
- $2000 Professional Development Stipend
- Home office set-up stipend
- Internet Stipend
- Student loan repayment assistance.
- Gym Reimbursement
- 403b with 5% company contribution
People of color and those who have been impacted by the criminal justice system are strongly urged to apply.
Please upload a resume and cover letter at the link provided or email email@example.com with Subject: ATTN: Human Resources / [Job Title], Acacia Center for Justice
Equal Opportunity Employment:
Acacia is an equal-opportunity employer and seeks to recruit persons of diverse backgrounds and support their retention and advancement within the organization. We are committed to fostering a workplace culture inclusive of people with respect to their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, marital status, age, disabilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs, or any other characteristic. Our commitment to justice and diversity also means providing a work environment that is welcoming, respectful, and engaging.
As a federal contractor, and in order to ensure a healthy and safe work environment, Acacia Center for Justice is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccine before their start date. Employees who cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability/medical contraindication or sincerely held religious belief may request an accommodation (e.g., an exemption) to this requirement.
Acacia Center for Justice is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.