Associate General Counsel, Grantmaking
Company: International Legal Technology Association
Location: Eden Prairie
Posted on: May 17, 2023
The Associate General Counsel, Grantmaking will be responsible
for providing legal counsel to the Margaret A. Cargill
Philanthropies ("MACP") primarily on matters related to
grantmaking, program-related investments, governance and corporate
records, and strategic collaborations with other functions at MACP,
including Programs, Program Operations, Grants Management, and
Finance, among others. This role reports to the General Counsel and
is a member of the Legal Team. RESPONSIBILITIES Provide advice and
counsel to MACP on legal risks and opportunities:
- Serve MACP's mission and goals by providing high-quality and
practical legal analysis and counsel to the MACP board, committees,
management, and staff.
- Serve as trusted legal advisor to cross-functional teams by
maintaining productive and collaborative relationships.
- Develop high-quality legal work product to support
- Holistically advise on legal considerations to expand
opportunities, solve problems, support effective partnerships, and
advance MACP's mission, vision, priorities, and strategies.
Collaborate with MACP colleagues, grantee partners, and others to
advance mission-based impact:
- Build and maintain strong cross-functional relationships to
work cooperatively with cross-functional teams to advance
- Provide accurate and practical legal guidance that allows grant
program staff to maximize their impact.
- Independently exercise good judgment, recognize nuances, and
navigate ambiguity to support productive and trusting relationships
with colleagues and external partners.
- Maintain an understanding of the emerging developments,
concepts, and technical and practical issues involved in
- Champion MACP's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and
justice ("DEIJ") by demonstrating awareness of systemic racism and
other forms of structural injustice and committing to advancing
DEIJ through MACP's legal work.
- Demonstrate awareness of human biases, and commit to practicing
intercultural competency. Analyze and synthesize non-tax legal
developments impacting MACP's charitable giving:
- Analyze and make recommendations to address legal
considerations related to grants and program-related investments,
including managing U.S. trade sanctions and export controls
compliance for grant awards, performing and/or managing grant due
diligence, managing grant agreement documentation, and partnering
with colleagues to nurture trusting relationships with colleagues
and grantee partners.
- Anticipate and take reasonable steps to mitigate liability and
legal risk to the organization to uphold charitable duties and
fulfill organizational mission, including supporting Program
Committees, and Programs and Program Operations staff.
- Perform or lead legal research and analysis of laws and
regulatory requirements related to MACP's grant-making efforts;
coordinate with MACP Tax and Finance Team, and colleagues across
the organization, to implement advice for the Philanthropies in
practical and risk-appropriate ways.
- Keep up to date with legal developments impacting non-profit
corporations, charitable trusts, and other relevant laws affecting
grantmaking and the philanthropic sector generally.
- Advise on global legal issues relating to grants, including
local law compliance, trade sanctions and export controls,
anti-bribery laws, and anti-money laundering regulations, among
- Identify legal issues and deliver practical solutions to
address grantmaking considerations, such as ensuring statutory
compliance and supporting effective contractual relationships.
- Partner with Program Operations and Grants Management teams to
update and maintain preferred terms for grant agreements and
support the preparation of contracts, agreements, and other legal
documents, as appropriate. Maintain and implement organizational
policies and practices:
- Develop and/or lead development of or significant revisions to
legal policies impacting MACP's grantmaking in accordance with
applicable laws and regulations, and coordinate effective
- Research, analyze, and make recommendations related to
regulatory, legislative, administrative, and judicial actions and
decisions that impact the work of the organizations.
- Advise and educate staff with respect to legal aspects of
various matters related to grantmaking, policy compliance, and
other issues; lead development of training materials and
presentations that keep staff informed of changes to laws,
policies, procedures, and strategic priorities as needed.
Participate as an active and engaged member of the MACP legal team:
- Serve as a member of the MACP legal team by collaboratively
cultivating and maintaining productive cross-functional and
- Work cooperatively with other team members to identify legal
issues and opportunities early and address them in a risk- and
resource-appropriate manner, in service of organizational mission,
vision, priorities, and strategies.
- Work closely with legal team and support progress towards team
- Engage in effective and respectful teamwork and demonstration
of MACP values.
- Support effective collaboration, communication, and legal
- Engage with outside counsel by defining appropriate scopes of
work, managing legal fees, and coordinating resources to implement
advice and recommendations from outside counsel.
- Proactively mentor and coach teammates by building trusting
relationships and providing supportive guidance to advance
learning, encourage innovation, and support adaptation through
- Serve as Acting Secretary, as directed.
- Assist with special projects as needed. EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE
AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS J.D. and license to practice law in the
state of Minnesota, or an ability and willingness to sit for the
bar exam in Minnesota, or eligibility for immediate admission as
registered in-house counsel is required.
- Minimum of 8 years of experience practicing law in private
practice, in-house, government, clerking, or other equivalent
- Preference for experience in charitable giving matters,
particularly advising foundations, non-profit organizations,
corporate philanthropies, or equivalent experience in other
government, private practice, or in-house counsel roles.
- Familiarity with charitable trust laws, fiduciary duties,
non-profit corporation law, and legal considerations for global
grantmaking (such as U.S. trade sanctions, anti-bribery, and
anti-money laundering laws).
- Demonstrated interest in being part of a mission-driven
- High level of professionalism and poise to represent the
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Must have the ability to work in diverse teams with shared
responsibilities and accountability.
- Highly developed research, writing, and drafting skills, and
the ability to communicate complex legal points in a clear
- Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment, develop
collaborative partnerships, and build effective and values-based
- Proven analytical skills and problem-solving abilities.
- Proven ability to maintain the highest level of integrity and
confidentiality in both internal and external relationships.
- Experience managing a wide range of multiple projects, clients,
and issues simultaneously in a role requiring a broad base of
knowledge and being able to respond timely to multiple
- Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated adaptability
to address ambiguous legal issues in a dynamic environment.
- Self-starter with the ability to work independently and
collaboratively with colleagues.
- Appreciation for a friendly and collegial work
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, SharePoint,
Teams, PowerPoint) and Web-based legal research.
Keywords: International Legal Technology Association, Eden Prairie , Associate General Counsel, Grantmaking, Accounting, Auditing , Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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