The primary purpose of this position is to assist our General Counsel and help handle routine administration of a busy in-house legal department, with a heavy emphasis on contract administration and review, corporate housekeeping, risk management and insurance support, governance assistance, research and proofreading. The paralegal will also be called upon to provide support to professional committees of the organization when needed, including minute taking and other tasks.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Perform initial departmental review of organization contracts with hotels, caterers and other vendors, and coordinate with counsel and staff with respect to the negotiated contracts.
Perform all corporate housekeeping responsibilities including, but not limited to organizing corporate minute books for the NYSSCPA and its affiliated entities, drafting corporate resolutions and annual bank documentation and taking meeting minutes.
Provide support to organizations’ governing bodies by researching and drafting memoranda on a wide number of issues related to the accounting profession.
Coordinate the filing of organizational insurance applications and claims.
Handle routine copyright and trademark filings.
Provide staff support to professional committees as needed.
Respond to litigation discovery requests as needed.
May be called upon to staff task forces of the Board or Executive Committee, and to coordinate legal assignments with outside counsel and organization leaders.
Performs assignments on an as-needed basis in connection with day-to-day legal services in a non-profit environment.
Provides staff support to one or more NYSSCPA committees. Staff support includes facilitating the creation of timely meeting agendas by committee chairs, attending meetings and taking minutes, writing articles for Society publications regarding newsworthy matters of interest discussed at committee meetings, and additional support as needed.
Knowledge and Skills:
Bachelor’s Degree essential
CAP- OM certification preferred
IAAP CAP certification preferred
Experience as a legal assistant in a law firm or in-house law department of a corporation (for-profit or not-for-profit). Other non-legal experience also considered.
Excellent writing and proofreading/editing skills are essential.
Strong attention to detail and organization.
Ability to interact well with professionals of all levels within the organization and with vendors.
Ability to synthesize technical information.
Problem Solving/Decision Making:
The Paralegal will need to make decisions when developing internal procedures and controls for the administration of a busy law department.
Position requires strong communication skills. The paralegal will interact with staff and leaders at all levels of the organization.
The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) is one of the largest state accounting organizations in the nation with more than 26,000 members. It was incorporated in 1897 for the following purposes:
- To cultivate, promote, and disseminate knowledge and information concerning certified public accountants.
- To establish and maintain high standards of integrity, ...honor, and character among certified public accountants.
- To furnish information regarding accountancy and the practice and methods thereof to its members and the general public.
- To protect the interests of its members and the general public with respect to the practice of accountancy.
The Society fulfills its mission through its 15 chapters, more than 60 technical and administrative committees, and a 39-member Board of Directors.