General Counsel

Organization
Root Capital
Location
Cambridge, MA or remote in US with periodic travel to Cambridge, MA
Job Type
Full-time
Deadline for Applications
10/21/2021
How to Apply
https://rootcapital.org/careers/general-counsel/
Where to Apply
Website
Tags
Full-time

Reports To:Chief Operating Officer
Job Type:Full-time
Region: United States
Location:Cambridge, MA or remote in US with periodic travel to Cambridge, MA
Start Date:Immediate
Contact:To apply, please fill out the form below.

Summary
The General Counsel (the “GC”) is responsible for building and maintaining the in-house legal function (including compliance), and identifying, counseling on, and facilitating management of enterprise risk. As the sole legal counsel and subject matter expert, the GC provides legal advice at all levels of the organization, across all departments, and in a range of standard and nonstandard circumstances. The GC serves Root Capital’s global operations with an emphasis on facilitating transactions, improving transactional processes, advising Root Capital leadership on a broad portfolio of issues, advising the Board of Directors as fiduciaries, improving internal structures for legal compliance, participating in crisis management and business continuity planning, and serving as a key resource in the development and advancement of new business initiatives.

Mission & History of Root Capital
Root Capital is a nonprofit whose mission is to grow rural prosperity and build the resilience of farming families around the world. They support the growth of agricultural enterprises so they can transform rural communities. These businesses purchase crops such as coffee, cocoa, or grains from smallholder farmers. With growth, they become engines of impact that can raise incomes, create jobs for the next generation of leaders, level the playing field for women, and take urgent action against climate change.

They supply these businesses with vital credit and capacity building to foster their growth and resilience. They work in hard-to-serve communities where others don’t. To date, they’ve distributed $1.5 billion to improve the lives of over 10 million people in farming families. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Root Capital currently has associated offices in Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, Peru, Ghana, and Kenya.

Responsibilities
Counsel and Support for Root Capital Legal Issues

Facilitate lending transactions, represent Root Capital in all legal matters (including, but not limited to, as borrower, grantee, lender, counterparty, IP holder, and securities issuer), conduct legal research as needed, advise on process improvements, manage and instruct outside counsel (US and foreign), and all other legal work as required.
Provide leadership for long-term projects with legal components such as oversight of Root Capital’s organizational insurance portfolio, real estate transactions, improvement of various internal processes, and generally promoting a culture of legal responsibility and awareness.
Cultivate and manage key organizational relationships with pro bono law firms, local counsel worldwide, and members of the impact investment and social entrepreneurship community; allocate pro bono legal resources across the organization, as needed, to obtain specialized assistance on legal matters.
Cultivate and manage relationships with colleagues across the organization to understand potential legal issues germane to the activities of their departments and planned initiatives and advise on same, with a focus on facilitating the strategic growth of Root Capital’s business.
Provide counsel to the Board of Directors as fiduciaries of Root Capital.
Skills & Experience
Seven to ten (7-10) years of experience in general corporate legal practice with strong knowledge of entity creation (structuring), lending transactions and securities law with a focus on regulation of debt offerings
Admitted to practice in Massachusetts. Admission to practice in New York as well is an advantage
Spanish fluency is required. French proficiency is a plus
Knowledge of and/or experience with non-profit organizations and applicable laws is an advantage
In-house experience strongly preferred; however, law firm experience with focused specialization in relevant disciplines is an advantage
Highly responsive and client-oriented with strong problem solving ability and the capacity to balance multiple projects
Able to provide balanced, timely responses and to tailor legal advice to different constituencies in a fluid and fastmoving environment
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, able to provide clear, well-reasoned advice (and stand by it) to everyone from the CEO to the newest employee
Able to deftly integrate the legal function with the business function, balancing the need for effective legal risk management and strong transaction quality, with the need to advance Root Capital’s mission
Knowledgeable about the business, social, and political contexts in which Root Capital exists, with the ability to incorporate those contexts into legal analysis and problem solving
Collaborative team player with a good sense of humor
Passion for Root Capital’s commitment to worldwide poverty alleviation and environmental conservation
Banking, lending and risk experience
Ability to build strong relationship with people of all backgrounds
Integrative mindset
Applications
More information about Root Capital is available at www.rootcapital.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply using the form below as soon as possible, making sure to include a resume and cover letter that describes your interest, qualifications, language abilities, salary requirements, and how you learned of the position. Finalist candidates will be required to provide at least three work-related references.

Root Capital provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, active military or veteran status, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth, and breastfeeding and expressing breast milk), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Root Capital is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that upholds them leadership principles of: empowerment, equity, integrity, service, and transparency.