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- Legal Specialist, Berlin

Legal Specialist
Open Society Foundation

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is a very active global group with staff in New York, Berlin and London. OGC focuses in the short term on transactional legal advice and compliance; in the medium term on policy making and good governance; and in the long term on helping make OSF an enduring philanthropy.  OGC serves as a resource for informed decision-making providing independent, timely and thoughtful advice on the broad range of legal issues that our programs, departments, boards and legal entities face as they pursue their visions of change. It looks to prevent legal problems and solve those that occur, to facilitate transactions, and to build structures that consider the longer-term impacts of a transaction, litigation, governance issue or other corporate matter.

The OGC seeks a Legal Specialist in our newly opened Berlin office.


Typical duties and responsibilities include the following:

    Organizing legal files and materials so that they are easily accessed and retrieved without compromising the confidentiality or privacy of the information they contain
    Assisting with preparation of lists, status charts, and data management integral to the department
    May provide meeting support, (e.g., scheduling meetings, set-up for trainings, and ensuring meeting conference room and equipment are available)
    May provide administrative support, (e.g., answering phones, printing, copying, scanning, filing, managing status charts, updating work files, performing relevant record-keeping, making travel arrangements, coordinating visas, and preparing expense reports)
    Developing internal relationships with OSF staff
    May provide assistance support to attorneys as assigned under the functional supervision of the assigned attorney
    Coordinating legal documents to be certified or legalized
    Reviewing legal documents, drafting legal agreements, and other legal documents under various levels of supervision
    Assuring compliance with internal policy, rules, regulations and reviewing compliance with applicable law
    Managing a client portfolio with primary responsibility for answering inquiries, drafting legal documentation, conducting research, and assisting with providing legal advice for various levels of issues, and other matters specific to the portfolio
    Participating in trainings, and acting as a specialist for established portfolio, which may include specialized knowledge in areas of law, and/or the needs of OSF programs and/or OSF regions
    Performing legal research to assist the legal team to prepare accurate and timely reports, legal advice (under supervision), case files, and other legal documents

Candidate Profile:

    3-5 years of relevant experience
    Demonstrated interest and experience with legal and research concepts
    Understanding of cross-cultural sensitivity
    Experience working with multiple clients to resolve legal issues, and interacting with high needs clients
    High level of attention to detail, and organization skills
    Experience with organizing administrative tasks, (e.g., scheduling meetings, preparing expense reports, organizing information, maintaining confidentiality)
    Familiarity with data management software - contract processing system, preferred
    Comfortable working independently and on a team
    Experience conducting legal research and analysis (i.e., comfortable reading and analyzing legal documentation), preferred
    Experience with contract review and writing, preferred
    Familiarity with the legal aspects of grant making, preferred  

Application instructions: please submit a cover letter and CV https://osfglobal.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/OSF/job/Berlin/Legal-Specialist_JR-0001234-1 

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.

Job posted on 1st February 2019
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