Staff Counsel

Arabella Advisors

About the organization

Arabella Advisors helps foundations, philanthropists and investors who are serious about impact achieve the greatest good with their resources. We work together across geographies on issues ranging from the social and economic advancement of women and girls, and conservation of our climate and planet, to reducing poverty and inequity in the United States and around the world. Our staff members are mission-driven and action-oriented, and have a unique combination of experience in philanthropy, business, nonprofits, government, finance, law, and other fields. We combine creative, strategic thinking with knowledge and networks developed through decades of hands-on experience. The fastest-growing philanthropic advisory firm in the nation, Arabella is also a certified B Corporation.


In consultation with senior counsel, serve as the primary lawyer responsible for assisting and counseling staff in the process of evaluating, constructing, and negotiating a broad range of service agreements, independent contractor agreements, vendor contracts, and non-disclosure agreements.
Under supervision of senior counsel, manage grantmaking for Managed Organizations, including reviewing and negotiating grant agreements, reviewing grant proposals, and drafting and negotiating subgrant agreements as needed.
Work with senior nonprofit tax counsel to manage the process for ensuring compliance with state registration and reporting obligations for several nonprofits, including charitable solicitation registration, state tax exemption, and foreign corporation registration.
Work with staff to streamline the contract review process and improve contract management and tracking to ensure coordination between master service agreements, statements of work, addenda, and all payments and deliverables.
Work with the General Counsel to provide accurate and timely legal advice to staff.
Provide legal guidance to contracts manager and support staff on questions regarding contracts formation, review, negotiations, and implementation.
Work across departments to develop user friendly policies, guidance, and templates as requested by the General Counsel.
Conduct trainings for staff on legal rules and compliance procedures.


License to practice law in a jurisdiction with an Arabella office.
J.D. and two to five years of experience in a legal role.
Experience with negotiation, drafting, analyzing, or advising on contracts.
Experience in 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) nonprofit law is preferred.
Experience working in-house at a nonprofit or corporate compliance department is a plus.
Knowledge of employment, privacy, general corporate, and intellectual property law is a plus.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Ability to work on broad topics and balance multiple projects at once.
Positive attitude and team-oriented ethic.
Excellent written and oral communication skills and a strong customer-focus orientation.
Ability to work independently and proactively identify and prioritize needs.

Application instructions

Submit a resume and a one-page cover letter online. The cover letter should address why you’re excited to work at Arabella and why you’re qualified for this specific job.

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