Senior Paralegal
The Nature Conservancy 49 reviews - Minnesota

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Assists the Midwestern Resource Office (MRO) legal staff in providing legal services to operating units in eleven states within the U.S. Central Division. Provides paralegal, data entry and administrative services to the MRO legal staff. Coordinates the project review and approval process, coordinates and assists with the completion of real estate transactions, coordinates review of contracts and grants, and maintains accurate electronic and manual records for assigned states and projects. Responsible for legal document drafting and review, data entry in legal department database, financial information posted to Conservancy’s general ledger, reports and other administrative work of the legal department. Assists attorneys with work on legal practice teams and Conservancy programs and initiatives. This position requires contact and good working relationships with all levels of state operating unit staff, attorneys, government officials and members of the public. The Paralegal works with a team consisting of six attorneys, four paralegals, one data manager, an administrative assistant and an executive assistant. This position is supervised by a Senior Attorney and may supervise volunteers and administrative staff.

  • Coordinate project review and approval process for assigned operating units.
    • Ensure timely receipt of project packages.
    • Review project packages for accuracy and compliance with policies and procedures and edit as appropriate.
    • Ensure timely review and approval by appropriate staff and Board of Directors.
    • Assist operating unit staff with all aspects of project package preparation.
  • Coordinate completion of real estate transactions for assigned operating units.
    • Locate escrow agents, order and review title insurance commitments, obtain information or documents needed for closing, draft closing instructions and documents.
    • Monitor real estate closings and coordinate resolution of any problems.
    • Obtain and review final documents for accuracy and/or compliance with closing instructions.
    • Enter transactional data into legal department database.
    • Draft and review documents and monitor real estate transactions with regard to the management of Conservancy-managed property.
    • Distribute legal documents to operating units and Worldwide Office as needed.
  • Maintain accurate electronic records and manual files for projects, land transactions and non-real estate contracts.
  • Process cash receipts, arrange payment of bills incurred by the legal department and provide financial information related to Conservancy real estate projects to the Conservancy’s Finance department, often using specialized software programs.
  • Compose, edit and distribute routine correspondence.
  • Maintain effective organizational and tickler systems for all projects.
  • Provide backup as needed for other paralegals and the legal administrative assistant.

  • Bachelor’s degree in paralegal or legal assistant studies plus 2 years of combined legal and administrative experience OR equivalent qualifications acquired through coursework and/or related job experience.
  • Experience with MS Office, Word, and Excel.
  • Experience working with legal documents.
  • Experience working with a database.
  • Bachelor’s degree in paralegal or legal assistant studies plus 2 years of combined legal and administrative experience OR equivalent qualifications acquired through coursework and/or related job experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with MS Office, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel and other specialized software programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to comprehend and work with complex legal documents.
  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills, including the ability to monitor and manage details, work with competing priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform numerical calculations and analyze financial information.
  • Ability to produce reports and to manipulate, analyze and interpret data.
  • Ability to perform basic legal research and obtain information from the internet.
  • Ability to enter data into a database.


The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, a 401k plan, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

  • The salary range for this position is $44,000 – $49,000/year.


To apply to position number 41478, submit resume and cover letter as one document. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 16, 2013.

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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process

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