Assistant Corporate Counsel, Labor & Employment

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.San francisco, CaliforniaFull TimeRemote

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and internationally from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.

Position Summary:

NRDC is seeking an Assistant Corporate Counsel, Labor & Employment to work with the Corporate Counsel team in either our San Francisco office or our New York office. The Corporate Counsel team provides in-house legal support to all NRDC programs and departments. This position will focus primarily (but not exclusively) on support for the Human Resources department and NRDC is looking for a mid-level labor and employment attorney adept at devising proactive strategies and solutions across a variety of matters in this area.
The primary responsibilities for this position include:
  • Support and advise NRDC’s Human Resources team on U.S. and international (China, India) employment-related matters, including hiring, wage and hour compliance, compensation and benefits, employee relations, performance management, internal investigations, claims, remote work issues, leaves of absence and accommodations, and discipline and terminations;
  • Work with and manage outside counsel, including with respect to the handling of claims;
  • Assist the Human Resources team in drafting and revising policies, designing and implementing internal processes, and creating related employee-facing communications;
  • Evaluate employment practices for legal risk, establish priorities for process improvements, and advise on appropriate solutions for compliance issues and employment disputes;
  • Monitor legislation, regulations, judicial developments, and government enforcement activities relating to benefits, compensation and employment law;
  • Work closely with the Human Resources employee relations and compliance manager, who is responsible for operationalizing employment laws by drafting and implementing compliance-related policies and procedures and ensuring adherence to legal requirements and NRDC policies and practices across multiple jurisdictions; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Law degree.
  • At least 4 years of law practice, with a demonstrated knowledge of state and Federal employment law, particularly in the jurisdictions in which NRDC has offices.
  • Excellent drafting, negotiation, research, and written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical ability, sound judgment, strategic orientation, and interpersonal maturity.
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment with a workforce distributed across multiple offices, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines with strong attention to detail.
  • Integrity, professional discretion, and ability to handle sensitive/confidential matters.
  • Flexibility and ability to work well independently on multiple projects with a wide variety of people, at all levels of the organization and across offices/remote work locations.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission.

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with skills and experience. Salary minimum is $140,000; salary midpoint is $150,000. Salary may be higher as appropriate for the selected candidate, with internal equity considerations taken into account.

To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of applications NRDC receives, we will only contact candidates we would like to progress through the search process. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes, or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, or if you are a person with a disability and you need assistance applying online, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.

For further information about NRDC, please visit

Legal professional? Thousands of attorneys rely on to find legal work they love. Join today!
Product logo

Akorda is a contract management platform that uses AI to help users complete agreements faster with less risk. Accelerate the contracting...