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Counsel (location flexible)

Denver, CO
About Trust for Public Land:
At Trust for Public Land, we don't just save land—we save land for people to enjoy, from neighborhood parks to national parks. Our mission is to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Every park, playground, and public space we create is an open invitation to explore, wonder, discover, and play.

Position Summary:
The Counsel provides legal advice nationally across TPL’s offices and supports the following TPL activities: lobbying; policy advocacy; research; and parks, trails and schoolyard development and construction.

Essential Functions:
  • Advises all levels of organization on advocacy and lobbying efforts, and ensures compliance with local, state and federal lobbying laws;
  • Supports and advises project/program staff on all phases of park, trails and schoolyard engagement, development, and construction (i.e., MOUs; RFPs and other procurement packages; design and construction contracts; agreements with public agencies and partner organizations; grant proposals and agreements);
  • Assists research and policy advocacy staff with respect to all legal issues, from data sharing licenses to MOUs and contracts;
  • Provides advice and counsel re: public and federal grant issues and legal services for public and private grant-funded projects;
  • Drafts and reviews related legal documents, and ensures that these documents are in accordance with laws, public policy, and internal policies and protocols;
  • Participates, when necessary, with staff in stakeholder and consultant negotiations and public agency discussions;
  • Assists in updating legal documents used regularly by Trust for Public Land ensuring that the documents are authorized and are in accordance with relevant laws and policies.

Other Responsibilities:
  • As needed, and as time allows, Counsel will assist with legal advice and services related marketing, fundraising, and other nonprofit legal issues.

  • Bachelor's degree, Juris Doctor, admission to state bar. 
  • Minimum three years of experience is required. Familiarity with advocacy and lobbying,  federal grants, and working with tax-exempt nonprofit organizations and public agencies a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to draft quality legal documents quickly, and to respond promptly and helpfully to the needs of staff.
  • Aptitude for independent work exercising good judgment to manage legal risk within broadly defined policies and practices. Assignments are complex and substantially important to organization.
  • Comfortable working in multiple jurisdictions and managing multiple projects in a decentralized environment.
  • Requires sense of humor and composure when dealing with colleagues of diverse personalities and work styles.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work cooperatively and constructively as a member of a team.
  • Requires ability to change the thinking of, or gain acceptance of, others in sensitive situations, both within and outside the organization.
  • Requires ability to anticipate problems, identify probable issues of concern in advance.
  • Candidate should be results-oriented and creative in problem-solving.
  • Requires a commitment to Trust for Public Land’s mission to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.

As a full-time exempt employee, you will be eligible for TPL’s comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, sick days, a personal day, day of service and ten + holidays, and a 403(b) retirement plan, currently with an up to 7% company match. We anticipate the hiring range for this position will be $110,000-125,000 annually. The offer will be commensurate with experience.

TPL is committed to cultivating diverse staff that is representative of the communities we serve.  Applications from individuals having diverse backgrounds and life experiences are strongly encouraged.  We are open to the possibility that a great candidate for this job may not precisely meet all of the above criteria; if you believe you are the right person for this job and can persuasively make that case, we encourage you to apply.  


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