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Associate General Counsel

The Open Technology Fund is seeking an experienced, proactive, and engaged Associate General Counsel to support OTF’s Internet freedom work.

Deadline to apply: December 1, 2021

About OTF

The Open Technology Fund works to advance Internet freedom in repressive environments by supporting the research, development, implementation, and maintenance of technologies that provide secure and uncensored access to the Internet to counter attempts by authoritarian governments to restrict freedom online. OTF provides direct funding and support services to individuals and organizations around the world to address threats to Internet freedom, journalism, and human rights with technology-backed solutions.

OTF is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit funded by the U.S. Agency for Global Media.

OTF is a place for people who are mission-driven. We thrive when different perspectives and diverse experiences come together behind a shared commitment to a free and open internet for all. As in all of our positions, we encourage applications from anyone who wants to make this vision a reality - regardless of whether you meet every single qualification listed below.

Position Summary

The Associate General Counsel (AGC) works at the direction of the General Counsel/Chief Operating Officer (GC/COO) to provide advice, review, and oversight of contracts, policies and procedures, to ensure that OTF is operating within the law, and to maximize efficiencies while minimizing risk. The AGC provides advice and counsel on a wide variety of legal matters across the organization to support OTF’s mission and operations, and also acts as a resource for, and provides guidance to, the program team on issues related to contracting and other compliance matters as they relate to OTF’s internal operations and the execution of OTF’s mission.

The Associate General Counsel reports directly to the GC/COO.


-Implement and manage an effective legal compliance review program to support OTF’s financial award decisions

-Interpret relevant laws, regulations, and policies and provide sound, consistent, and mission-forward legal advice to the GC/COO and other OTF leadership on issues of compliance and other relevant legal matters

-Work with the GC/COO to develop and review organizational policies across all facets of the organization

-Work with finance colleagues to conduct compliance review of project budgets

-Stay up to date on, and proactively suggest improvements to, OTF’s policies and compliance program

-Draft and manage all procurement contracts; advise OTF team on contract and compliance issues as they arise; Independently manage and update contract templates as necessary

-Design and manage OTF’s internal filing system with an eye to relevant compliance obligations and privacy and security requirements.

-Draft internal policy memos and external communications related to legal and compliance issues

-Work with relevant colleagues to design and implement effective and engaging training on legal and compliance matters

-Conduct research and draft memos as necessary on matters of law and regulation

-Act as a thought partner to the GC/COO on legal and compliance matters; propose well-reasoned and creative solutions to legal and compliance challenges

-Proactively identify risk and seek to resolve legal issues timely as they emerge, as directed by the GC/COO

-Provide direct support to the GC/COO on all legal matters as needed, including intellectual property, contracts, data privacy, employment, and governance

The AGC is expected to fulfill other essential duties as discussed and assigned by OTF leadership.


Alignment to the Mission and Culture of OTF

-Commitment to OTF’s mission and core values of equity, fairness and diversity.

-Passion for social change with knowledge of philanthropy, and interest in the field of human rights and Internet freedom, including nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurship, racial and gender equity, civic engagement, etc.

-Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and/or a sense of humor.

-Action-orientated and entrepreneurial self-starter who can work well independently while also as part of a diverse team.

-Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues.

Education and Licenses

-JD from an ABA accredited law school

-Active member, in good standing, in the bar of at least one state in the U.S., with the ability to waive into the D.C. Bar, as needed

Experience and Abilities

We do NOT expect applicants to have all the experience, skills, and knowledge described below. This section contains an illustrative list of what we will be looking at when evaluating applications for this critical role.

-8+ years of experience in an in-house legal role, or law firm

-Familiarity with legal and compliance issues related to non-profit governance and/or government grants

-Demonstrated proficiency with the requirements of 2 CFR 200 and related laws and regulations

-Proven ability to analyze and communicate complex information to a variety of audiences

-Experience providing sound legal advice on nuanced issues to senior leadership

-Demonstrated ability to conduct nuanced risk-benefit analysis and contribute thoughtfully to difficult decision points in a mission-driven organization

-Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex laws and regulations and offer creative, practical, consistent, and sound legal solutions.

-Exceptional interpersonal and oral and written communication skills, ability to represent the organization in all internal and external settings with professionalism.

Related skills and knowledge

The ideal candidate:

-Is self-aware, self-directed, and self-motivated with a passion for continuous learning.

-Thinks critically and employs creativity in approaching challenges and finding solutions.

-Is proactive, accountable, and pursues excellence in their work.

-Is detail oriented and highly organized.

-Anticipates needs of the organization and takes a supportive and encouraging role with colleagues.

-Is an excellent oral and written communicator and modifies language and messaging based on audience.

-Works collaboratively and respectfully with others in multicultural teams, across organizational boundaries and multiple time zones, and with team members at all levels.

-Balances confidence with humility when communicating with internal and external stakeholders.

-Exhibits a flexible, responsive, and enthusiastic approach to work, including the humility and grace to work effectively with others on a collaborative team in a fast-paced environment.

-Understands the needs of a mission-driven human rights organization and has a passion for human rights issues.

-Ability to travel, as needed.


The salary range for this position is $122,000-159,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time position for employment. OTF seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and excellent employer-paid benefits.


Washington, DC, USA preferred, with flexibility for remote work on occasion.

How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line "Associate General Counsel."

Only applications submitted through [email protected] will be considered. If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email [email protected] Because we receive a large number of applications per job posting, inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

Diverse teams are strong teams. OTF includes a mix of genders, parents and non-parents, the self-taught, and people of multiple races, nationalities, ages, and socio-economic backgrounds. We encourage candidates of all races, genders, ages, abilities, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply, and welcome those with alternative backgrounds and experiences. We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we will not offer visa sponsorship for this position.

Open Technology Fund is a non-profit corporation and is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

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