Jan 15, 2020Full time
THE ROLE: The Senior Paralegal is a dynamic position that will offer legal and other support to the legal team. Assists attorneys in providing highly specialized legal services on complex and/or high value matters, especially real estate and conservation project matters, to advance TNC priorities and appropriately manage risk. With minimal supervision from a TNC attorney, the Senior Paralegal provides an advanced level of expertise to support and coordinate legal services on complex and/or high value matters, especially real estate transactions and conservation projects, for assigned business units or projects, ensuring that transactions, projects and activities are legally sound and consistent with TNC’s mission, authority, policies, and procedures. The Senior Paralegal applies advanced knowledge and skills to serve organizational needs in a highly efficient and effective manner. The Senior Paralegal must develop knowledge of the systems, projects, and resources that the legal and Business Unit teams utilize in order to provide legal support and coordinate communications among staff and several attorneys. They are able to effectively articulate relevant legal concepts and internal policies and procedures to others. They will adapt processes and recommend practices in order to improve legal team effectiveness. They have a solid understanding of real estate transactions (including complex legal descriptions, title work and real estate closings) as well as the concept of legal liability and risk management. RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide specialized support and coordinates complex and/or high value real estate transactions, conservation projects, grants, and contracts, litigation management or other specialized legal areas. Act independently to prioritize tasks in the absence of specific instructions and exercise independent judgment to identify and solve problems. Assist in managing real estate and other conservation projects with numerous variables, set and manage realistic deadlines to ensure accountability. Ensure legal commitments, TNC policies and procedures, and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance. Collect and manage official corporate legal files, in electronic and paper form. Draft, revise, and review complex legal documents, specifically real estate documents, for further review by attorneys. Independently draft memoranda, correspondence, and transaction documents (such as escrow instructions and deeds) and make revisions as necessary. Initiate and complete financial and accounting forms and entries related to real estate and other legal matters and ensure that such forms comply with TNC policies and procedures. Assist business unit staff with securing review and approval of project approval packages and other compliance with internal due diligence and documentation requirements. Independently interact and coordinate with assigned business unit staff and outside parties. May supervise other legal staff. Provide guidance and training to less experienced paralegals, legal support staff, and volunteers. May assist TNC attorneys in trainings for legal and business unit staff. May have significant financial responsibility, including budget development and limited budget management authority; authorize check requests, wire instructions and travel arrangements. REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree in paralegal or legal assistant studies plus 4 years of combined legal and administrative experience OR equivalent qualifications acquired through coursework and/or related job experience that demonstrates assumption of significant responsibilities for supporting and coordinating complex or specialized legal work. Advanced experience with MS Office, Word, Excel, SharePoint and any other relevant technology – e.g., SalesForce. Experience with proficient writing, editing, and proofreading skills. Experience conducting research on the Internet and in other legal resources. Depending on responsibilities of specific position: Fluency in foreign language(s) Experience working across cultures. Supervisory responsibility. Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated. Advanced experience in real estate transactions, from inception to closing, including review of legal descriptions, surveys, and title commitments. Conservation real estate experience appreciated. Experience coordinating management and implementation of multiple projects. Experience using diplomacy and tact to build and contribute to strong relationships and teamwork. Strong organizational skills, accuracy, attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks. Ability to use existing technology to achieve desired results. Experience with financial management/accounting documentation and analysis.