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Legal Department Manager

New York City

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

Background/IRC Summary

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

Job Overview/Summary:

The Department Manager’s primary responsibility is to provide high-quality, core administrative support to the General Counsel and the Office of General Counsel in continuing to build an effective and performance-focused office. The position is responsible for leading a range of administrative, legal and logistical support services including budgeting and tracking departmental expenses, data reporting and analytics, scheduling, handling administrative processes, facilitating communication, research and coordinating travel arrangements. They will also develop, direct and complete special projects as commissioned by the General Counsel, which may be cross-functional or specific. A critical part of the role is operating as the pro-active, visible leader among peers across the department, supporting/facilitating the work of the department in a team-oriented environment.

Major Responsibilities:

Budget/Financial Management

  • Work closely with the General Counsel to review departmental monthly budgets and develop annual budget submission.
  • Coordinate and administer the operating budget for the department, including forecasting and tracking expenses.
  • Analyze the monthly budget vs. actual reports for the department in a timely manner and work with the finance department to resolve problems.
  • Synthesize all the department’s budget management issues and communicate for follow-up.
  • Review and submit travel expense reports, purchase orders, contract payments, legal invoices and other finance transactions for approval via Integra, IRC’s procurement and expense management software; and ensure accurate coding.

Data Collection, Reporting and Analysis

  • Collect KPI or other relevant data across all the department and synthesize for decision making.
  • Prepare quarterly reports on KPI or other relevant data for leadership.
  • Liaise with other staff from the department on feeding data into the Quarterly Strategic Review.

Enterprise Resource Planning Management (Integra)

  • Provide functional expertise and complete assigned tasks to drive the successful deployment of Integra.
  • Ensure hyper support for the department including being visible and approachable for staff and eagerly responding to requests for support.
  • Conduct training to new staff on Integra, policies and processes.
  • Effectively liaise with all staff to communicate, lead and resolve issues for the department.


  • Act as the essential communications lead of the department to ensure a cohesive department culture by designing, developing and implementing effective communication strategies.
  • Ensure departmental initiatives and projects are successfully communicated and that messages are consistent across all mediums.

Administrative and Logistical Management

  • Handle the daily workflow of the General Counsel, including scheduling, coordinating travel, managing appointments and prepare basic correspondence.
  • Coordinate travel arrangements as needed, including flight, accommodation, visa application and ground transportation.
  • Track and document key internal and external meetings and proactively ensure that key action points are communicated, and follow-up occurs.
  • Create reports by researching, transcribing, inputting, editing and retrieving text, data, and graphics from multiple sources of information and meetings.
  • Support General Counsel in connection with Board and Committee meetings as requested, including preparing/conceiving materials as needed for Board and Committee meetings by collecting, analyzing and aggregating relevant information and/or data.
  • Communicate progress, constraints, needs identified, and any other matters to the department leader.
  • Maintain the OGC electronic and paper filing systems, including shared departmental network drive and continual electronic archiving of IRC materials as needed.
  • Assist to maintain and update as necessary OGC’s RescueNet intranet site.

Technical support

  • Collaborate with OGC focal point in working with the GEDI unit on specific projects to raise awareness, promote gender equal practices/attitudes and educate employees.
  • Contribute effectively on cross-functional operations projects to support on country program feedback, successes, and gaps.
  • Independently plan, communicate and implement specific projects and initiatives from inception to completion.
  • Collaborate closely and regularly with the department on key interdepartmental projects.
  • Perform legal research and provide legal support to General Counsel, including, for example, assembling research materials; compiling, analyzing, and organizing information; and assisting with legal document production.
  • Maintain and update corporate, governance, external counsel and other database and files.
  • Other duties/projects, as assigned by General Counsel or Deputy General Counsel.

Job Requirements:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external partners with tact and diplomacy, both orally and in writing
  • Minimum 3 years of full-time professional work experience, with at least 2 years of experience working as an Executive Assistant to senior leadership or in legal office, a Legal Assistant in a law firm or in a comparable role
  • Ability to organize, plan, schedule, address priorities and meet deadlines
  • Excellent organizational skills and proven ability to handle or to rapidly shift between multiple priorities and projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently with frequent interruptions and adapt to changes in workflow
  • Excellent presentation and meeting arrangement skills - a good understanding of how to create high-impact settings
  • Service-orientation and flexibility, commitment to help and support in a fast-paced, constantly evolving environment
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills, ability to maintain positive working relationships at all organizational levels
  • Ability to take initiative, function independently and navigate ambiguity
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, fluency in other languages is a plus
  • Must have strong attention to detail, excellent discretion, judgment, tact, initiative, creativity, critical thinking, interpersonal skills, and self-motivation
  • Demonstrated interest in the humanitarian sector and the IRC’s mission
  • Bachelor’s degree required and Master's degree encouraged
  • Strong computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, various databases and Internet research skills.
  • Notary Public or willingness to become a Notary Public
  • Strong work ethic.

Working Environment: Standard office work environment

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Equality, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits.  In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days (depending on role and tenure), medical insurance starting at $145 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus a 3-7% base IRC contribution (3 year vesting), disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires new hires to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-office or hybrid positions.  All IRC US offices require full vaccination to attend any in-office functions (e.g., meetings, trainings).
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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.