New Leaders Associate General Counsel in Flexible Location, United States

Position Details

The Associate General Counsel will be based out of a home office anywhere in the contiguous United States. This full-time position is available immediately.

Organization Description

At New Leaders, we identify talented educators who believe that all kids can excel and equip them to transform schools and students’ lives. Our programs provide intensive training to leaders at all levels — from teachers to superintendents — so they have the skills to improve instruction, accelerate student learning, and build a brighter future for their communities.

We work hand-in-hand with our partners, delivering leadership solutions that build on their strengths and address their most pressing priorities. While each program is unique, all emphasize authentic practice and expert coaching to prepare leaders to elevate teaching and learning. We also help our partners develop the capacity to do this work in-house, using our proven training model and research-tested curriculum.

In 2001, New Leaders launched its flagship Aspiring Principals program with a cohort of 14 participants. Since then, we’ve trained nearly 2,500 outstanding education leaders in more than 20 districts and 100 charter schools. Visit to learn more.

Position Overview

The Associate General Counsel will play a pivotal role on the New Leaders team. This individual will report to the General Counsel. The Associate General Counsel is responsible for supporting all functions of the Legal team, with a primary focus on government contracts and procurements and related matters.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Manage a significant legal portfolio on a small team that addresses all legal issues for a major, national nonprofit

  • Primary responsibilities relate to government contracts and procurement with New Leaders’ state education agency (SEA) and local education agency (LEA) partners, including but not limited to:

  • Manage and implement internal policies and procedures related to fee-for-service contracting

  • Manage service agreement templates, ensuring they are up-to-date and meet internal and external requirements

  • Draft and update program scopes of work, ensuring input and/or approval from all stakeholders as applicable

  • Become knowledgeable about procurement, contracting, and compliance requirements for New Leaders’ SEA and LEA clients

  • Manage and support responses to RFPs/RFQs or similar procurement instruments

  • Draft, review, and negotiate SEA and LEA contracts, engaging other New Leaders staff as appropriate

  • Execute and monitor compliance requirements from SEA and LEA contracts

  • Additional responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Draft, review, and negotiate other contracts and legal documents in a variety of areas, including licensing, real estate, and consulting

  • Provide legal support to teams throughout New Leaders, including by assisting in structuring initiatives and projects, reviewing and drafting documents, and identifying and protecting intellectual property, tax and other legal risks

  • Provide legal counsel to internal clients on the legal implications of their business objectives

  • Conduct comprehensive legal research into critical organization questions

  • Provide legal support for litigation, disputes, audits, and similar matters

  • Assist in researching, drafting, implementing, and monitoring compliance with New Leaders’ internal policies and procedures

  • Oversee the complete lifecycle of New Leaders’ contracts on Salesforce, with the support of the Senior Manager, Paralegal

  • Provide other legal support as needed to ensure the organization complies with federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations

  • Participate in supervising occasional law student interns

  • Perform other duties as required

Skills, Experience, and Competencies

  • Belief that every student, in every circumstance, can achieve the highest levels of academic excellence, and passionate commitment to New Leaders’ mission and vision.

  • A law degree from an accredited institution

  • Applicable state bar membership

  • At least 5 years legal experience

  • Experience with government contracting and procurement preferred

  • Experience working in a nonprofit organization preferred

  • Excellent analytical, drafting, negotiation, and oral and written communication skills

  • Proven experience managing a high volume of requests for legal work in a fast-paced environment

  • Proven experience in creating effective working relationships between legal and non-legal staff

  • Strong client service orientation with proven experience effectively supporting clients

  • Computer proficiency, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet tools.

  • Flexibility in a dynamic environment.


Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a competitive benefits package and 401K.

Application Notes

Your cover letter should include an explanation of your interest in New Leaders as well as the position for which you are applying. If you are applying for more than one position, please specifically address each position you are applying for in your cover letter.

New Leaders is an equal opportunity employer. New Leaders evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical disability, handicap, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition, marital or familial status, family responsibilities, veteran status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, or any other characteristic protected by law in administration and operation of its Programs and activities, including admission or access thereto, or treatment or employment therein. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of such status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such status.