Paralegal: Job Description

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ("Foundation") believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and we believe that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom to be found there.  Through our grants, we seek to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive.  We make grants in four core program areas (Higher Learning, Arts and Culture, Public Knowledge, and Humanities in Place).  The Foundation seeks a Paralegal in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer ("COO").

Summary

The overarching goal for Foundation operations is to enable efficient, collaborative, and impactful work both within the Foundation and with our broader community, work that is consistent with our social justice mission.

Position Details

The primary responsibilities may include but will not be limited to:

  • Prepare and review confidentiality agreements with attorney supervision
  • Complete investigations and fact-finding for cases
  • Identify relevant legal articles, laws and judicial decisions for cases
  • Assists in preparing legal documents such as legal arguments, contracts and agreements
  • Review and maintain all agreements entered by the company
  • Provide administrative support for attorney(s)
  • Participate in the definition and development of policies, procedures and programs and provide continuing counsel and guidance on all legal matters
  • Conduct legal research and drafting as requested
  • Successfully complete special projects and other assignments as requested
  • Ability to manage a heavy workload, to handle multiple tasks effectively and efficiently, and to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced work environment
  • Significant experience that demonstrates professionalism, outstanding judgment, discretion, and integrity
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues
  • Ability to proactively anticipate and act upon the legal work of the office
  • Providing project support, as needed, to other members of the COO team
  • Helping maintain a work environment that is collegial, collaborative, outcomes-oriented, and efficient

Required Skills or Experience

  • A bachelor's degree in an academic discipline related to business or technology and at least 4 years of professional experience including experience with exempt organization law
  • Superior academic record and writing and speaking abilities
  • Excellent negotiation, legal drafting, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding work ethic and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage a heavy workload, to handle multiple tasks effectively and efficiently, and to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced work environment
  • Significant experience that demonstrates professionalism, outstanding judgment, discretion, and integrity
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues
  • Ability to proactively anticipate and act upon the legal work of the office
  • Appreciation for a friendly and collegial work environment
  • Exceptional oral, written, mathematical, technological, and visual communication and presentation skills
  • Proven ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, effectively structure projects, and prioritize time and task sequences
  • Technologically savvy and proficiency in MS Office Suite, and a demonstrated ability to quickly learn new tools
  • Familiarity/knowledge of foundations and/or with the grantmaking process and/or foundation operations preferred

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, and excellent working conditions.

Contact Information

Candidates should apply by submitting a thoughtful cover letter describing fit for the position together with a resume to:  Paralegal.  The Foundation will consider each response carefully, but only contact those individuals it believes are most qualified for the position.