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The Thomson Reuters Foundation is corporate foundation of Thomson Reuters, the global news and information services company. As an independent charity, registered in the UK and the USA, we work to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies, and promote human rights. Through news, media development, free legal assistance and convening initiatives, we combine our unique media and legal services to drive systemic change.
We use the combined power of journalism and the law to build global awareness of critical issues faced by humanity, inspire collective leadership and help shape a prosperous world where no one is left behind.
TrustLaw is the global pro bono service of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. As the world’s leading pro bono legal service, TrustLaw helps high-impact NGOs and social enterprises, to grow, streamline their operations and navigate complex laws and regulations by connecting them with free legal assistance from the best law firms and corporate legal teams around the world. We also deliver groundbreaking legal research on key social and policy issues that our members use to support their advocacy and law reform efforts, and we deliver innovative capacity-building workshops on legal issues across the globe.
Legal projects facilitated through TrustLaw range from everyday operational and commercial matters – such as corporate structuring, intellectual property, non-profit governance or employment advice – to large-scale cross-border legal research projects. Research projects are based on NGO and social enterprise priorities across social or policy issues ranging from freedom of expression and social innovation policy, to human trafficking and data and digital rights, with a growing number in Thomson Reuters Foundation’s focus areas of media freedom, inclusive economies and human rights.
About the Role
The Foundation is recruiting a highly skilled and dynamic Legal Officer to help expand, strengthen and innovate our TrustLaw programme in North America & the Caribbean. Working with our North America & the Caribbean team, the Legal Officer will be based in our New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles office and will manage legal pro bono projects from TrustLaw’s community of NGOs and social enterprises and support the team on thought leadership initiatives.
Responsibilities may include:Scoping legal pro bono requests from our community of NGOs and social enterprises so that the requests clearly explain the legal needs.Managing pro bono requests, including connecting the pro bono client with lawyers and following up with the parties involved.Designing and managing multiple cross-border research programmes that address the most critical social and policy needs facing our NGO and social enterprise members.Supporting TrustLaw’s regional portfolio of law firms, corporations, referral partners, NGOs, social enterprises and other key stakeholders in North America & the Caribbean.Recruiting, vetting, chasing, managing and engaging NGO, social enterprises, and legal members of TrustLaw through strong one-to-one relationship management to ensure TrustLaw regional quality and growth metrics are met.Administering the service, for example through inputtinginto databases, planners,and trackers, running Salesforce reports, ensuring members have up-to-date contact information,inputting into quarterly reports,responding to requests for information,etc.Supporting the implementation of a regional strategy to expand and activate TrustLaw membership, ensuring we serve the best NGOs and social enterprises, as well as the strongest law firms and corporate in-house legal teams.Contributing to the TrustLaw global annual strategy.Seeking out and developing fruitful relationships with potential partners and members to further the mission of TrustLaw.Executing a robust communications strategy that includes member events and promotion of TrustLaw publications.Maintaining a high profile in North America & the Caribbean by supporting and coordinating events for TrustLaw and the Thomson Reuters Foundation, including working group, panel discussions and workshops, among others.Represent TrustLaw and the Thomson Reuters Foundation by speaking publicly about our work to diverse audiences at conferences and other speaking engagements.Assist with other duties as required.About youAn experienced lawyer (3+ years) with strong legal skills and experience in pro bono and in international development or social change.Have commercial experience with a law firm or in-house would be favorable.Have a strong understanding of the legal and non-profit sectors in North America & the Caribbean, and an understanding of the challenges and opportunities that pro bono opportunities bring to law firms and legal teams.Experience in legal pro bono, access to justice or using the law as a tool for social change.Proven organisational and project management ability and experience of managing competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.Experience organizing events or trainings favorable.An exceptional communicator with strong writing skills and public speaking experience.Is ambitious, dynamic, and creative.Strong understanding of and experience using Microsoft Office applicationsFluent in English, other languages favorable (Spanish would be preferred).Willingness to travel internationally.Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, until the position is filled, with an ideal start date in August 2021.
To apply for this position, send your CV and cover letter in English describing how you meet the specifications for this role, what you bring to it, and your availability to start. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
This is a full-time role based in New York or California. The salary is relative to the local charitable sector and will be commensurate with experience.
Applicants must have the right to work in the US.
What’s in it For You?
You will join our inclusive culture of world-class talent, where we are committed to your
personal and professional growth through:COVID-19 Response: Currently working remotely and following local COVID-19 bylaws and guidelines with the majority of our offices being remote until July 2021. Upon return, we will be embracing a hybrid work environment consisting of in-office and remote workCulture: Globally recognized and award-winning reputation for equality, diversity and inclusion, flexibility, work-life balance, and moreWellbeing: Comprehensive benefit plans; company-wide Mental Health Day Off; Headspace app subscription; retirement, savings, tuition reimbursement, and employee incentive programs; resources for mental, physical, and financial wellbeingLearning & Development: LinkedIn Learning access; internal Talent Marketplace with opportunities to work on projects cross-company; Ten Thousand Coffees Thomson Reuters café networkingSocial Impact: Eight employee-driven Business Resource Groups; two paid volunteer days annually; Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives for local and global impactDo you want to be part of a team helping re-invent the way knowledge professionals work? How about a team that works every day to create a more transparent, just and inclusive future? At Thomson Reuters, we’ve been doing just that for almost 160 years. Our industry-leading products and services include highly specialized information-enabled software and tools for legal, tax, accounting and compliance professionals combined with the world’s most global news services – Reuters. We help these professionals do their jobs better, creating more time for them to focus on the things that matter most: advising, advocating, negotiating, governing and informing.
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