The Legal Associate is responsible for tracking the status of FGA reforms by researching and reviewing state law to determine whether specific FGA reforms have been passed through legislation. In addition, the Legal Associate will conduct legal research to help uncover potential threats to FGA’s state and federal work and help craft campaigns to stop those threats.
The ideal candidate has 0-2 years of relevant experience with superior legal research skills and a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and the ability to use Excel to manage complex legal data tracking projects. The ideal candidate will be a competent writer who possesses a positive, can-do attitude and eagerness to learn and grow. The ideal candidate must be self-motivated and able to work independently and across teams with limited oversight.
CULTURE AND FIT
Success at FGA depends not only on a person’s skills, but also on their ability to fit the culture of FGA. We describe our culture with five Core Values:
- Candid to Solve—being willing to have tough conversations in order to solve issues or build trust.
- Grow or Die—we don’t have a neutral gear; we must consistently challenge ourselves and each other to grow in our talents and skills.
- Politically Savvy—policy doesn’t change in a vacuum, but in a political reality that we must understand and account for.
- Partnership-Oriented—internal and external relationships are not transactional. That starts with our team members and the perspective that we need the rest of the team to succeed in order to win personally.
- Bought in to Win—we’re at FGA because we want to change policy. No one is counting hours or widgets, we are here to get results, and sometimes that will require going the extra mile or doing a job that isn’t technically ours.
It might help to think about the following list of questions. If you answer “yes” to all of them, you may be a fit for the team if your skill sets match the requirements below. The vast majority of those who don’t get hired or don’t last at FGA are due to a lack of fit with these values. Be prepared to have very candid conversations about them in our interview process.
- Do you wholeheartedly agree with the policies that we advocate (see thefga.org for a full description) and the underlying principles that people’s lives are made better through work, not government welfare, and that a free market creates greater freedom and equality than any command-and-control government system?
- Do you agree that embracing the realities of politics is necessary to have success in changing public policy?
- Do you tend to be the one who initiates conversations with colleagues, rather than waiting for them to come to you?
- Are you comfortable creating your own structure for work, such as setting work hours, your own priorities, and creating clarity and a workplan from a broad goal?
- Does it motivate you to think about working with a team of world-class professionals who are held to a very high standard of achieving results?
- Do you seize opportunities to try new things or improve a skill that’s relevant to your company or role?
- Are you able to build meaningful relationships (creating trust) with people you only see face to face a few times a year?
- Do you tend to lead teams by creating clarity about goals and progress, rather than proscribing the steps they need to take?
- Are you aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and do you have a practice of getting help from others to mitigate your weaknesses?
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Legal Associate will have four primary roles. These roles break down into several responsibilities. Some of the key responsibilities are:
Lead the effort to maintain and update the FGA Stoplight Chart, an Excel database which tracks the status of FGA reforms at the state and federal levels
- Research and review state law and code to determine whether specific reforms have been passed through legislation then update the chart accordingly.
- Oversee, coordinate, and supervise the collaborative work of contractors and interns who assist the Legal Associate with updating the Stoplight Chart.
Review federal and state government orders and guidance as well as state and federal court documents relevant to FGA’s reforms
- Rapidly review and summarize federal and state government orders or guidance relevant to FGA reforms, as assigned, and help teammates create legal collateral.
- Rapidly review and summarize federal and state court documents and litigation relevant to FGA reforms, as assigned, and help teammates create legal collateral.
Identify and research new high-priority threats to FGA reforms
- Research and maintain a running list of potential threats to FGA reforms such as presidential executive orders or agency rules, guidance, or regulations.
- As assigned, conduct in-depth legal research on high-priority threats to FGA reforms to help develop campaigns to counter those threats.
Provide legal research to support company-wide efforts as requested
- As requested, provide legal research to support various company-wide efforts.
- Minimum of 0-2 years’ relevant experience
- A law degree is required
- Licensed to practice law in at least one state
- Strong legal research skills
- Comfortable with and capable of reading large volumes of state code to identify the passage of reforms
- Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and the ability to use Excel to manage complex legal data tracking projects
- A passion to advance FGA’s state and federal reforms
- A positive, can-do attitude and eagerness to learn and grow as part of a team
- Match FGA’s Core Values (described above)
TIMING, LOCATION, AND COMPENSATION
FGA is seeking to fill this position as soon as possible. Location is flexible. While FGA’s headquarters are in Naples, FL, nearly all of FGA’s staff work remotely. It is important to note that all our staff currently live in the Central or Eastern time zones, therefore, candidates in another area may face more lengthy travel requirements. FGA offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including a retirement program with six percent match, a health benefit, and a generous paid leave plan.