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Staff Attorney  

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The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) is a not-for-profit, independent certification organization whose primary purposes are to establish and administer a national certification system and identify those counselors who have voluntarily sought and obtained board certification. NBCC is the premier certification body of the profession with a vision of enhancing society worldwide through quality counseling. NBCC and Affiliates is comprised of three organizational affiliates: the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE), and the NBCC Foundation (NBCCF).

NBCC and Affiliates has operations and partnerships in approximately 40 countries providing professional certifications, occupational credentials, training programs, educational activities, and public mental health services through institutes and other service-oriented programs. Over 66,000 board certified counselors serve the public and advance mental health efforts across the globe. With a portfolio of nine credentials related to professional counseling, mental health, addictions, human services, and career development, NBCC and Affiliates seeks to expand the professional capacity of counselors and human service professionals.

NBCC’s primary organizational functions relate to the development and operation of quality credentialing, certification, and quality assurance programs. CCE creates and administers other occupational programs, including education and training activities, and leverages credentials to best serve communities. Additionally, CCE provides management and examination development services for associations, boards, agencies, and other organizational clients. NBCCF administers programs focused on capacity building, the expansion of access to mental health services in underserved and never-served communities, and the development of high-quality professional development resources for counselors, including the administration of graduate-degree scholarship programs.

Job Summary

The Legal Support Department is an important part of the NBCC Operations Division. The department works with all organizational affiliates and divisions as a shared service providing a range of legal support services related to contracts; professional ethics; organizational policies; intellectual property; certification and licensure; and business registration and regulatory compliance. The Staff Attorney will take on a variety of legal tasks to assist with these responsibilities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties and responsibilities are a summary of the essential functions of the job. Other duties might be performed that are not mentioned below. Specific activities could change periodically.

  • Provides legal support services to the General Counsel/Chief Legal Officer and the Director of Legal Support, including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Researches and collaborates on contract development and negotiations with state agencies and services providers.
    • Reviews and edits corporate policies and procedures.
    • Assists with the preparation of business registrations and related filings.
    • Represents the organization in corporate governance, organizational bylaws, administrative, intellectual property, ethics, and general business law matters.
    • Provides advice concerning organizational liability and insurance issues.
    • Works effectively with other NBCC and Affiliates’ departments concerning legal strategies.
    • Provides risk assessment analysis and recommendations to the organization and its affiliates.
    • Assists with intellectual property (trademark and copyright) registration, infringement, and licensing issues.
    • Provides legal expertise and guidance regarding certification program matters to include eligibility, examinations, and standards.
    • Reviews organizational publications, website content, and advertising and marketing materials to ensure compliance with legal requirements.
  • Learns new substantive legal topics and factual subject matters as needed based on the nature of a matter.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with other non-profit agencies, government officials and employees, and services providers.
  • Conducts administrative tasks as needed.
  • Adheres to program priorities and policies, procedures, and standards of practice, as well as the highest professional and ethical standards.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in the law and nonprofit field and disseminates information to staff.
Position Requirements

Education and Experience/Key Requirements

  • Must have a law degree from a recognized university.
  • Must be admitted to the North Carolina bar (license must be in good standing).
  • 2–4 years of full-time, licensed legal practice experience preferred (whether in a law firm or in-house setting).
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills, along with the ability to communicate effectively with others at all levels of the organization and with outside parties.
  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to research, develop, and produce quality, detailed correspondence, memoranda, contracts, and legal documents.
  • Working knowledge of word processing software; internet use; databases.
  • Ability to communicate progress of work and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work cooperatively, independently, and efficiently.
  • Added consideration will be given to applicants with knowledge and experience concerning legal issues related to nonprofit corporate governance, contracts, or intellectual property law, but not required.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Regularly required to sit and use hands.
  • Frequently required to talk or hear.
  • Occasionally required to reach with hands and arms.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Position Staff Attorney  
Close Date  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Req Number LEG-21-00002  
Open Date 1/26/2021  
Location National Board for Certified Counselors  
About the Organization  
EOE Statement NBCC and Affiliates is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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