Supervising Senior Paralegal and Contracts Manager
Full Time Job
The Supervising Paralegal and Contracts Manager will provide a variety of paralegal services to assist NPR’s attorneys with their legal work, including preparing legal documents (particularly contracts), maintaining legal records, managing the drafting, review and execution of contracts, and handling special projects as assigned. The Supervising Paralegal and Contracts Manager will manage operations in NPR’s Office of the General Counsel, including supervising the paralegal staff and a shared administrative assistant.
• Produce high quality work product, including drafting contracts and other legal documents under attorney supervision and ensuring consistency with prior documents of a similar nature.
• Make decisions, be resourceful, and work independently with minimal supervision as part of a busy legal department in a complex, fast-paced organization.
• Manage the company-wide contract drafting and review process, including by preparing draft contracts for attorney review, managing the contract execution process, and maintaining records relating to all contracts entered into by NPR.
• Provide training to attorneys and staff on the contract management process and the software used within the Office of the General Counsel for record-keeping purposes.
• Maintain annual registrations with states as required by statutes.
• Provide copies of legal documents as requested by other departments within NPR.
• Help administer the legal intern hiring process, including posting internship opportunities on law school websites, reviewing intern applications, and coordinating interviews.
• Coordinate with NPR’s IT department on installation of software updates and upgrades and troubleshooting of software issues on behalf of the Office of the General Counsel.
• Assign projects to support staff and oversee completion.
• Supervise paralegals and other non-lawyer staff.
• Assist attorneys within the department with special projects and research tasks as requested.
• Juggle and prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously, with the flexibility to adapt to changing priorities.
• Professionally and effectively communicate with all levels of staff within NPR, and with external partner groups.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree and Paralegal Certificate or equivalent combination of education and experience. Familiarity with one or more of the following substantive areas of law is desired: contract law, digital media law; intellectual property law, including copyright (including fair use) and trademark law; information services and technology law; labor and employment law; freedom of information law; immigration law; and trust and estate law.
• At least 10 years of experience as a paralegal, legal assistant, legal analyst, or contract administrator managing a large volume of commercial contracts and/or other legal records in a company, law firm, or government agency.
• Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills with a proven track record of forging relationships among stakeholders.
• First-rate organizational and analytical skills.
• Well-developed judgment.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion.
• Skilled PC operator with advanced proficiency in MS Office Suite; well-developed Internet, document management, and legal research skills.
• Excellent drafting skills, with the ability to achieve consistent language across agreements that are similar in nature.
• Experience using Adobe Acrobat required; experience using Salesforce, eDocs or other contract management software preferred.
• A willing spirit, patience, and humor in undertaking tasks required to accomplish the work of the Office of the General Counsel in serving NPR.
All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.
NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development.
NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NPR is committed to being an inclusive place to work that welcomes diverse and unique perspectives, all working toward the same goal – to create a more informed public. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.