UJA-Federation of New York

Good together.


Staff Counsel

Job Location:
New York, NY

About the Organization

The world's largest local philanthropy, UJA-Federation of New York cares for those in need, rescues those in harm's way, and renews and strengthens the Jewish people in New York, in Israel, and around the world. Funds raised by UJA-Federation sustain the activities of more than 100 health, human-service, educational, and community agencies. Every day, these community-based organizations provide a multitude of services that improve and enhance people's lives. For more information, visit UJA-Federation's website at www.ujafedny.org.


Staff Counsel in Legal Department of major philanthropic organization; diverse legal responsibilities include: corporate matters (including research and legal memoranda on legal and policy issues; board governance and compliance issues; contract negotiation and preparation; financial transactions); tax issues; special projects; work with pro bono counsel. Skills required include: superior analytical and writing ability; independent worker; problem solver.


  • Event Contracts:
    Analyze event contracts and determine negotiation for protecting UJA-Federation. Advise responsible staff and direct them in negotiations.
  • Corporate Work:
    Familiarity with corporate Bylaws; prepare legal analysis and memoranda for General Counsel; attend and prepare draft minutes at Board and/or Board Committee meetings; prepare memoranda and accompanying resolutions for Board action; assist in staffing Standard & Conflicts Committee.
  • Miscellaneous Contract Negotiations and Preparation:
    As needed, review or draft contracts with respect to transactions that arise at UJA-Federation of New York including; consultant agreements, media contracts, software development agreements, etc.
  • Tax Issues:
    Prepare background memoranda on various tax issues.
  • Planned Giving & Endowments ("PG&E"):
    Advise PG&E on a variety of matters; prepare corporate materials relating to supporting organizations including dissolutions and other corporate matters involving the New York State Attorney General and New York State Department of Insurance.


A legal degree, preferably from a top law school, with several years experience in New York with evidence of interest in philanthropic issues.


  • Interpersonal:
    The successful applicant will have the ability to work effectively with clients so that their legal issues are resolved and the legal issues are clearly communicated so that business decisions can be made.
  • Written and Verbal Communications:
    The ability to clearly articulate complex legal issues, evaluate potential risk and present potential solutions is necessary.

EOE. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. If interested, e-mail your resume and cover letter to with "STAFF COUNSEL - LEGAL" in the subject line.