Small Business Legal Counsel - Skills for Rhode Island's Future

Providence, RI 02903

Posted: 10/26/2022 Industry: Professional Services/Administration/Education Job Number: 3196

Job Description

Small Business Legal Counsel Job Description


Skills for Rhode Island’s Future (SkillsRI) is a nonprofit workforce intermediary working to break down barriers to economic opportunity by connecting unemployed and underemployed Rhode Islanders to jobs with socially responsible, civic-minded employers through a proven demand-driven approach. SkillsRl's multi-faceted approach focuses on providing a continuum of career services to help those who face barriers to employment succeed in the workplace. Diversity, equity, and inclusion is at the heart of the SkillsRI model and we have proven to be incredibly effective at recruiting and placing individuals with barriers into employment.

Additionally, SkillsRI manages the Small Business Resource Hub, designed to provide supportive, coordinated services for small business enterprises, as well as entrepreneurs looking to start and grow their businesses. The Hub provides access to several critical areas such as technical assistance, leadership development, professional services, and support to new and developing small businesses.

Our Mission: Create demand-driven solutions for employers to get the unemployed and underemployed back to work.

Our Vision: Transforming lives through meaningful employment and economic mobility.

Our Values: Collaboration, Excellence, Integrity, Innovation, Respect

Position Summary

The Small Business Legal Counsel will work closely with the VP of Special Projects to provide legal advice to small businesses seeking assistance. The Small Business Legal Counsel will be a member of SkillsRI’s Shared Services team providing assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The Small Business Resource Hub aims to facilitate the growth and development of women, veteran, people with disabilities, and minority-owned businesses by supporting small businesses become long-term, qualified entities capable of competing and growing.


  • Review, draft, and advise small business resource hub employer partners on the terms and conditions of a diverse range of contracts and agreements.
  • Analyze corporate policies and practices to ensure adherence to laws and regulations.
  • Assist small business resource hub employer partners in identifying and navigating legal risk.
  • Formulate legal solutions for small business resource hub employer partners after analyzing legal issues in-depth.
  • Ensure that small business resource hub employer partners comply with current legislation and follow appropriate business policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Meet with small business resource hub employer partners to gather information pertinent to the legal operation of the business.
  • Maintain legal files and maintain accessibility for the management of information.
  • Keep abreast of legislative changes and trends that may affect small business resource hub employer partners.
  • Assist small business resource hub employer partners through the process of business formation as it pertains to legal compliance.
  • Explain legal language to small business resource hub employer partners in a clear, succinct manner.
  • Provide legal input pertaining to financial planning and reporting process.
  • Apply knowledge of employment laws to resolve conflicts and ensure compliance.
  • Assist and oversee the preparation of vendor contracts for small business resource hub employer partners.
  • Maintain relationships with vendors to be contracted for small businesses; support and ensure vendors are in contractual agreement with the small business(es).
  • Advise small business resource hub employer partners to ensure minimal legal exposure and liability.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Candidate Profile

  • Passion for the mission of SkillsRI and enthusiasm for its success
  • Passion for supporting small businesses of all sizes and industries.
  • Comfort with - and enthusiasm for - working in a fast-paced start-up environment
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work while accomplishing goals under tight time constraints
  • Ability to communicate professionally across a broad range of constituent groups
  • Strong interpersonal skills including relationship building, customer service, empathy, and resilience
  • Ambitious, proactive, and detail-oriented
  • Strong documentation skills, and able to make connections between similar problems
  • Willingness to work hard, maintain a positive attitude, and overcome challenges
  • Solution-oriented problem-solving skills with the ability to prioritize according to business goals
  • Conviction, integrity, honesty, and maturity in all situations


  • At least two years of related experience (related experience with small businesses desired)
  • Juris doctorate degree from an accredited law school required
  • Rhode Island Bar admission preferred
  • Demonstrated experience working with people of different backgrounds and experiences
  • Bilingual a plus


Salary is commensurate with experience.

The Small Business Legal Counsel is a grant-funded position. While not expected, should there be a substantial reduction in funding or should funding cease, this position may be eliminated by SkillsRI.

For more information about Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, please visit

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