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Attorney – Nonprofit/Exempt Organizations Tax Attorney

Cheshire Law Group is hiring an experienced Nonprofit Tax Law Attorney – either full-time or part-time status depending on candidate availability. No existing book of business is required. Cheshire Law Group is a woman-owned law firm that exclusively represents nonprofit organizations as outside general counsel. Attorneys on the Firm’s legal team work with nonprofit organizations to become trusted advisors and to provide expert counsel on a wide variety of legal matters. Please note that this position offers flexibility and work may be performed in-person (Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia), remotely, or with a hybrid arrangement.

This position is ideal for an exceptional attorney who has at least three (3) years of experience working in private practice (either in a law firm or accounting firm) on tax matters for nonprofit organizations, or who has more general tax law knowledge and, having had experience with nonprofit tax matters, is interested in focusing exclusively on providing legal advice for tax-exempt organizations.

The optimal candidate for this role is someone who is passionate about representing nonprofit organizations and who enjoys working independently to manage client matters, but who also appreciates collaboration with colleagues. See below for ideal candidate qualities. 

Responsibilities

Provide legal assistance and support nonprofit organization clients:

  • Provide in-depth tax law counsel to nonprofit organizations, relying on experience and familiarity with federal, state, and local tax laws.
  • Communicate directly with clients to advise on a wide range of complex and diverse corporate tax issues such as regulatory requirements and deadlines, considering tax advantages related to business structure, repositioning, capital transactions, and IRS procedures.
  • Review financial statements and returns, and issue spot to flag issues and inconsistencies to make recommendations re the same; draft, revise, and finalize a wide variety of documents including contracts, agreements, and policies.
  • Research federal, state, and local laws and draft memoranda to document findings.
  • Translate complex legal issues into understandable concepts using charts or visual aids.
  • Provide guidance and support to other members of the Firm’s legal team as needed.

Client Management:

  • Support and/or manage projects and execute required work with little or no supervision.
  • Communicate directly with clients and manage client project timeline and budget expectations.
  • Monitor legal and compliance issues and client news/events, keeping up with industry trends.
  • Collaborate with the Firm’s team and with outside counsel as needed.

Requirements

  • JD degree required; Must be in Good Standing – LLM in Taxation a plus
  • Minimum 3+ years of relevant tax law experience
  • Nonprofit law and corporate law experience a must
  • Licensed to practice law in the U.S. mandatory – a PA or NJ license is preferred and other nearby state licenses (e.g., NY, MD, DE, OH) are a plus
  • Excellent written and oral communications, research, editing, analytical, and negotiating skills; strong attention to detail
  • Strong demonstrated interest experience serving nonprofits a must (pro bono service, board service, volunteerism, and/or working with underserved clients or communities)
  • Comfortable with diversity and inclusive with regard to race, religion, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, reflecting the values of Cheshire Law Group, and also considering the demographic composition of the Firm’s clients and of the local community

Ideal Candidate Qualities

  • Enjoys working directly with leaders in the nonprofit sector to help develop cost-efficient solutions on legal matters
  • Builds and maintains long-term relationships
  • Delivers efficient and high-quality work product without compromising attention to detail
  • Knowledgeable about substantive matters and possesses technical expertise
  • Hard-working; goes above and beyond; flexible; has a “no job is too small” mentality
  • Drives expedient, pragmatic solutions and positive outcomes
  • Independent, self-sufficient, and resourceful but enjoys collaboration
  • Communicates clearly and thoughtfully; strategically creative; excellent problem-solving skills
  • Highly organized; responsible; manages multiple priorities with ease and grace; timeliness; tenacious follow-through
  • High level of integrity and good judgment
  • Open to constructive criticism, able and eager to apply new knowledge to future projects
  • Thinks systemically and contributes to internal Firm projects; provides and implements suggestions for improvement that enhance our clients’ experiences and/or the Firm environment

 

Benefits

Full-Time status

  • 401(k) Plan, with employer contribution
  • Medical/Vision/Dental insurance, with employer contribution
  • Group Life and AD&D, Long-Term Disability, and Short-Term Disability
  • Bonuses (per Firm bonus policy)
  • Origination fees (per Firm origination policy)
  • Remote/WFH option on a permanent basis

Part-Time status

  • 401(k) Plan, with employer contribution
  • Bonuses (per Firm bonus policy)
  • Origination fees (per Firm origination policy)
  • Remote/WFH option on a permanent basis

 

Background check and screenings conducted according to relevant state and city laws are required after candidate is selected.

All interviews will be conducted virtually.

Cheshire Law Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer that provides opportunities to all employees and all applicants for employment. The Firm prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. We are fully committed to the importance of diversity in the legal profession, and we strongly encourage the interest of diverse candidates in the Firm.

Cheshire Law Group is a for-profit law firm that exclusively serves nonprofit organizations, meeting the unique legal needs of the nonprofit sector by providing high-quality, affordable legal services. We seek systemic solutions and have long-term relationships with many of our clients. Nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes benefit from our role as “on call” general counsel, fulfilling all nonprofit corporation legal needs including crisis management and repositioning. The Firm is located in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia in the historic Clarkson-Watson House, once headquarters of Thomas Jefferson and the U.S. Attorney General.

Cheshire Law Group is certified as a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Learn more at www.cheshirenonprofitlaw.com

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