Legal Job opening : Assistant General Counsel at Room to Read

About Company

Room to Read is a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, our innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low-income countries during two time periods that are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. We work in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions. By focusing on the quality of education provided within the communities and ensuring these outcomes are measured, we have created a model that can be replicated, localized and sustained by governments. Room to Read has benefited more than 23 million children across 20 countries and over 40,700 communities and aims to reach 40 million children by 2025. Learn more at

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Generalist legal support
  • Support corporate governance of Room to Read’s parent, branch and legally separate entities
  • Oversee regulatory compliance calendar, ensuring timely filing of materials need to maintain fundraising registrations, business registrations and licenses, and other regulatory requirements
  • Research and advise worldwide stakeholders on legal matters impacting the organization. Areas of law may include employment, cybersecurity, FCPA, records management, charitable fundraising, public health emergencies, international operations, intellectual property, tax, global policies, GDPR and global data privacy, child safeguarding and others
  • Develop implementation plans and materials and provide training on legal and compliance matters
  • Develop ethics and compliance programs for worldwide offices. Review and update formal policies, conduct compliance training and recommend and provide trainings to foster a culture that upholds the organization’s high ethical standards and fulfills regulatory and contractual requirements
  • Draft, review and advise worldwide teams on a wide variety of contracts, including programmatic agreements, government MoUs, vendor and service agreements, office leases, donor and grant agreements, cause marketing agreements, author and illustrator agreements, employment and independent contractor agreements and publishing agreements
  • Work collaboratively with People Operations team to ensure compliance with local labor law in our global offices. Proactively advise on legal requirements and best practices
  • Develop and maintain worldwide network of pro bono counsel
  • Support organization’s new and existing programmatic initiatives including the literacy program, Girls’ Education Program, and publishing initiative
  • Advise worldwide development team on fundraising rules and regulations, including UK Charitable Act, cause marketing, India FCRA and others
  • Support General Counsel in protection of Room to Read’s intellectual property through investigation and response with support from outside counsel
  • Support General Counsel in development of and ensure compliance with guidelines for copyright protection for Room to Read’s programmatic materials, images, local language books, and online book resource
  • Assist with various special projects and other ad-hoc duties, as needed.



  • J.D. or the equivalent from an accredited institution
  • 7-10 years in-house, firm or government legal experience is required
  • The successful candidate will have 3-5 years’ experience one or more of the following areas:
  • Book publishing
  • Open-source publishing
  • Data privacy
  • Labor & employment
  • Charitable fundraising
  • International non-profit
  • Membership in good standing with one or more state or federal bar; non-US bar memberships will be considered
  • Prior success working closely and building relationships with diverse groups of people
  • Ability and desire to travel internationally
  • Prior experience in a fast-paced, growth-oriented global or regional organization
  • Ability to think strategically and possess excellent business judgment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiative


  • 3 or more years in-house or non-profit legal department experience
  • Experience working in Corporate Governance in a complex organizational structure
  • NGO experience
  • Expertise in reviewing of a variety of agreements, including software licenses, partner agreements, donor agreements, vendor and service agreements, etc.
  • Prior success in working in compliance with donor requirements, including USAID, UN agency, World Bank, private foundations and other related institutional donors
  • Non-profit and tax experience
  • Ethics and Compliance experience
  • Experience working with outside counsel – coordinating pro bono support
  • Experience working in copyright and intellectual property

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