Associate Counsel



Reporting to the associate general counsel and chief investment counsel, the principal responsibilities of associate counsel will be to assist in the legal review of (1) the Foundation’s investments and related matters and (2) other Foundation contracts and related matters, including agreements with administrative and programmatic consultants and vendors, in each instance in compliance with the Foundation’s policies and guidelines.


  • Assist in the structuring, review, negotiation, and preparation of agreements and other documentation related to the Foundation’s investments, including, but not limited to, private equity investments, hedge fund investments, co-investments, and secondary purchases and sales, including managing outside counsel representing the Foundation as needed.
  • Assist in the legal review of post-investment matters, including, but not limited to, proxy voting, amendments, terminations, advisory committee participation, and sales of restricted securities distributed by private equity funds.
  • Attend and record minutes of the meetings of the Board’s Investment Committee.
  • Assist in structuring, review, negotiation, and preparation of agreements and other documentation related to the non-investment areas of the Foundation’s affairs, such as vendor agreements, licensing agreements, hotel agreements, nondisclosure agreements, collaboration agreements, etc.
  • Contribute to and participate in select internal committees of the Foundation and carry out other responsibilities as assigned by General Counsel’s office.


  • JD degree, New Jersey license (or ability to obtain New Jersey license to practice as in-house counsel), and a minimum of 5 years of related experience, working at a law firm, private foundation, university, or other non-profit.
  • Expertise in the legal issues related to private equity investments, other alternative investments, and general contract matters.
  • Possess or demonstrate the ability to quickly acquire familiarity with laws relating to investments by private foundations, such as unrelated business income tax, private foundation excise tax, and the excess business holdings and self-dealing rules.
  • Successful experience fostering an inclusive environment working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills; collegial, energetic, able to develop productive relationships.
  • Experience handling multiple priorities and organizing time effectively.
  • Ability to provide sound legal judgment and demonstrate business acumen and integrity, in order to play a significant role in the organization.
  • Ability to develop creative and proactive solutions to complex legal problems.
  • Superior analytical, problem-solving, and negotiating skills.
  • Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and core values.
  • Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor.
  • Discretion and ability to handle confidential matters.
  • Action-oriented self-starter who can work well independently and in teams. 


The incumbent performs job duties in a normal business office environment. Tasks are generally carried out with no specific or unusual physical or environmental demands. While performing the duties of this job the incumbent is regularly required to work at a desk and work with a computer for extended periods of time. Specific physical abilities required by this job include operating basic office equipment such as personal computers, duplicating machines, fax machines, and standard office telephones. The incumbent may be required to attend meetings, both on-site and off-site, via phone or videoconference.

Post Date

March 19, 2018

Due Date

April 29, 2018

RWJF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.