As Associate Counsel, you will play an integral role in identifying and mitigating risks to the organization to ensure its continued operation as an effective advocate for animals raised for food around the world.

You are ideal for this position because you have strong experience providing counsel on employment law matters and are excited for the opportunity to use that expertise while expanding your practice into other areas of the law as needed. You are personable and intellectually curious, possess exceptional analytical, organizational, and communication skills, exhibit careful attention to detail, and can deftly manage multiple priorities with contending deadlines. This position reports directly to the General Counsel.

This is a full-time, remote position, involving occasional domestic travel (equivalent to approximately 1-2 week-long trips per year).

We are only able to consider applicants who reside in the United States and possess United States work authorization.

We will be recording a webinar hosted by Ann Porter, General Counsel, and Emily Hoffman, Staff Attorney. You can submit any questions you would like answered regarding the role and The Humane League via this form. Please submit any questions by Thursday, February 22nd, and the webinar will be available to watch on our job posting after Tuesday, February 27th.

Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Advise on employment matters, both domestically and internationally, including state and federal compliance (e.g. ADA, ADEA, Title VII, FMLA, FSLA, and state/municipal equivalents), disciplinary actions, wage and hour issues, investigations, disability and religious accommodations, and employee separations.
  • Actively monitor new laws, regulations, and decisions affecting substantive areas of employment law, maintaining a thorough knowledge of best practices and trends in the employment space. Provide strategic advice to THL’s Legal and People teams.
  • Draft employee-facing policies, handbooks, communications, and other resources and enhance THL’s processes, templates, and forms.
  • Negotiate, draft, and review various contracts and external communications.
  • Develop and manage the organization’s compliance processes and practices around maintaining a global workforce, including researching and advising on international privacy, employment, and labor laws and regulations. Collaborate with international employers-of-record.
  • Support resolution of federal, state, and local agency claims and charges and employment litigation matters, including through management of outside counsel where applicable.
  • Design and present training on employment law matters to internal stakeholders.
  • Review, interpret, and make recommendations to stakeholders for improvement of HR policies, procedures, and programs.
  • Develop internal policies around, and monitor and manage, data privacy and information security matters, in partnership with THL’s IT team, Operations department, and other internal stakeholders.
  • Conduct research and write memoranda on various legal issues, as necessary and/or requested.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with pro bono attorneys and outside counsel.
  • Serve as a business partner to the organization, particularly with regard to programs, communications, and fundraising events.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school.
  • License to practice law and member in good standing in at least one US jurisdiction.
  • At least four years of full-time legal experience practicing with a law firm or as in-house counsel.
  • Significant employment law experience partnering with business, HR, and legal stakeholders, including investigations and terminations and implementing and improving HR-related policies, practices, and processes.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Careful attention to detail.
  • Solid legal research and analysis skills.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple priorities, working both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, identify issues, and propose solutions objectively.
  • Comfort working remotely and in a rapidly growing organization.
  • Dedication to The Humane League’s mission.

This position will close on Friday, March 1st, 2024 at 1:00pm PDT/2:00pm MDT/3:00pm CDT/4:00pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted; if you are experiencing technical issues, please contact Wednesday, careers@thehumaneleague.org prior to the deadline. Please submit applications and all supporting documents in English.

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About The Humane League

We exist to end the abuse of animals raised for food by influencing the policies of the world’s biggest companies, demanding legislation, and empowering others to take action and leave animals off their plates. We envision a world where no animal raised for food endures abuse. Together, we're changing the trajectory of industrial animal farming, one corporation at a time.

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