Chief Legal Officer
About the Position
Please Note: This position remains open until filled
Pawsible is expanding and is in need of an individual who can manage the organization’s legal operations and help our organization expand into a national nonprofit. We are looking for someone that has experience in nonprofit law and related legal management. Please read to the end for an outline of our structure and we encourage you to visit our website for more information pawsibleinc.org
The position of Chief Legal Officer is a remote, part-time, and unpaid position within a growing executive suite of a future 501(c)3 nonprofit. This position has not been filled before and the individual holding this position is expected to not only fulfill all outlined duties but also take initiative in growing the position and setting a positive precedence. No specific work experience is required but you must be able to perform the tasks assigned to you, even if that means learning on the job. We do ask that all applicants have a background in legal work.
Minimum Expected Duties:
Work closely with CEO, COO, and CFO to meet the needs of Pawsible’s beneficiaries while also supporting Pawsible’s growth as an organization
Legally advise the executive suite and the Board of Directors when requested
Work with CFO to manage all IRS tax deductions and create annual reports to be sent to the IRS to maintain 501(c)3 nonprofit status
Assist with all legal matters of a young and growing nonprofit. Much of what we will need is currently unknown and there will be a lot of opportunity in this position to grow your role. Taking initiative is a must
Work closely with CEO and COO to meet the needs of Pawsible’s beneficiaries while also supporting Pawsible’s growth as an organization
This application can be also used to apply for a director-level legal position titled Director of Legal Affairs. This version of the position has similar duties/tasks, but less reporting to the Board of Directors is asked of you. If Pawsible has no CLO, the Director of Legal Affairs is head of our legal team.
Please note that at this time this position is entirely remote. Zoom will be used for video conferencing and the Google Suite is used for all the organization’s activities and functions. Fluency in Google Drive products is required.
If you are interested in this position, please complete our application here. You will be asked to submit a resume and a cover letter. Please address your cover letter to Vanessa Barker (CEO) and Cate Law (COO); include why you are interested in this position and how you plan to apply the skills you have to the position and our organization's goals. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding our application or would like to request any further information about Pawsible.
All applicants will be notified if they have been selected to interview within one week of their application and interviews will be scheduled for a week or two after application submission.
This position remains open until filled.
Current college students or recent graduates are highly
encouraged to apply. Hours are flexible and will easily fit around other commitments like classes and/or job(s).
Must be at least 18 yrs old and reside in the United States to apply.
See our other open positions here
To fill the Chief Legal Officer position, we are seeking an individual that:
Can work remotely about 10 hours a week (hours are flexible) and video conference for regular executive suite meetings
Takes initiative, is hardworking, creative, resilient, and works well in a group
Has at minimum, basic knowledge about organization legal management operations; preference given to those with functional knowledge and relevant work/volunteer experience
Is willing to learn on the fly and creatively mesh their skills and ideas into the goals of the executive suite
Can balance and prioritize various tasks and goals while meeting deadlines
Is excited to work in the nonprofit industry and has an appreciation for assistance dogs and volunteers who raise and train them through their puppy years
Is willing to volunteer their time and effort to this position. Pawsible is young and currently unable to pay no executive or leader within the organization
A love for dogs is always a plus!
If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply! We still encourage your application if you are unfamiliar with the assistance-dog and/or nonprofit industry.
Pawsible is still in its formative years as an organization and as the first to hold the Chief Legal Officer position, your duties will reach beyond those listed here as the organization grows. If offered the position, we will discuss the below duties with you to learn what you feel most comfortable with and how we can expand your role to fit you and our organization best.
C-Suite-level Managment & Reporting Experience
Regular Professional Development
Hands-On Leadership Experienence
Startup & Nonprofit Experience
Focus on Personal & Team Growth
Endless dog puns & pictures
Pawsible is a future nonprofit that was co-founded by Vanessa Barker (CEO) and Cate Law (COO) in March 2019 to financially assist volunteer raisers of future assistance dogs who are required to pay for at least part of the basic needs of the puppy. These needs include dog food, vet bills, and other mandatory puppy raising supplies. To assist puppy raisers, Pawsible operates a Financial Assistance Fund funded with financial gifts and Puppy Pantries stocked with donated items. All operations are supported solely through donations and financial gifts. We are working on expanding our number of chapers and forming partnerships with other assistance dog organizations, while also focusing on internal growth and missioned-aligned practices. You can learn more about our current chapters here.
Pawsible's executive managment is responsible for growing and maintaining the operations of Pawsible and reports to the Board of Directors who ensure that Pawsible is effective in the pursuit of our mission. As an organization we seek to change the fractured volunteering model that is standard in the nonprofit industry where volunteers are expected to contribute financially on top of time and effort contributions. Puppy raisers of assistance dogs, especially those in college or who are young adults, often struggle with the associated expenses. Pawsible’s mission is to not just assist those individuals and groups who are struggling, but also to advocate for a change to the system to financially support volunteers.