Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Company
World Vision U.S.
City
Federal Way
State
WA

About World Vision

World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.  Motivated by faith in Jesus Christ, World Vision staff  serve alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Globally, World Vision impacts the lives of over 100 million people each year. This is accomplished through 34,000 staff working in nearly 100 countries, with 95% living and working in their home regions. The organization works with communities to develop long-term solutions to alleviate poverty, provide emergency assistance to children and families affected by natural disasters and civil conflict, and advocate for justice on behalf of the poor.

World Vision’s staff and those they serve have partnered to achieve much in their 70-year plus history. From humble beginnings asking Christians in the United States to give $5 a month to sponsor a child, World Vision has grown to one of the leading and largest Christian humanitarian organizations in the world. Tirelessly advocating for the poor, empowering women and girls, bringing clean water to communities, teaching new agricultural techniques, protecting children from violence, equipping pastors and faith leaders with tools for effective Christian discipleship, advocating for and meeting the needs of refugees, and helping grow family income through economic empowerment are only a few examples of World Vision’s depth and breadth.

As a global partnership of interdependent national offices united in a common Christian humanitarian mission and vision, World Vision U.S. leads in the acquisition of financial and other resources for the global partnership through its marketing, fundraising, and advocacy strategies. The federated model of the partnership gives national offices the primary responsibility to make decisions regarding programs and resources, as well. World Vision U.S. is the founding office and largest support entity in World Vision International.

Vision Statement

Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness. Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so.

Mission

World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

World Vision pursues this mission through their commitment to:

  • TRANSFORMATIONAL DEVELOPMENT that is community-based and sustainable, focused especially on the needs of children
  • PUBLIC AWARENESS that leads to informed understanding, giving, involvement and prayer
  • EMERGENCY RELIEF that assists people afflicted by conflict or disaster
  • PARTNERSHIPS WITH CHURCHES to contribute to spiritual and social transformation
  • PROMOTION OF JUSTICE that seeks to change unjust structures affecting the poor among whom we work
  • WITNESS TO JESUS CHRIST by life, deed, word and sign that encourages people to respond to the Gospel

World Vision U.S.

World Vision U.S. employs around 900 staff members in several locations in the United States, including 450 staff at the headquarters in the Seattle area and another 120 staff in their Washington, D.C. office. World Vision U.S. offers a flexible approach to work including virtual, hybrid and essential on-site. 

Working with public sector grant-making entities, corporations, the U.S. government, and nearly a million U.S.  donors, World Vision U.S.  raises over a billion dollars each year. 

World Vision U.S. lives out the core values and mission of the World Vision Partnership, while focusing its organization efforts in key areas of fundraising. 

The current strategic plan calls for the organization to invite people to positively impact the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children, motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ.  Our goals are to inspire more donors to join our transformative mission, grow resources for ministry, and achieve greater impact for the most vulnerable.  We seek to accomplish this by witnessing to Jesus Christ; strengthening our evidence of impact; delighting our donors and partners; transforming our digital capabilities and engagement; reigniting creativity for innovation; and developing our organizational capabilities for agility, diversity, and interdependence.

The Opportunity 

World Vision U.S. employs around 900 staff members in several locations in the United States, including 450 staff at the headquarters in the Seattle area and another 120 staff in their Washington, D.C. office. World Vision U.S. offers a flexible approach to work including virtual, hybrid and essential on-site. 

Working with public sector grant-making entities, corporations, the U.S. government, and nearly a million U.S.  donors, World Vision U.S.  raises over a billion dollars each year. 

World Vision U.S. lives out the core values and mission of the World Vision Partnership, while focusing its organization efforts in key areas of fundraising. 

The current strategic plan calls for the organization to invite people to positively impact the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children, motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ.  Our goals are to inspire more donors to join our transformative mission, grow resources for ministry, and achieve greater impact for the most vulnerable.  We seek to accomplish this by witnessing to Jesus Christ; strengthening our evidence of impact; delighting our donors and partners; transforming our digital capabilities and engagement; reigniting creativity for innovation; and developing our organizational capabilities for agility, diversity, and interdependence.

The responsibilities are: 

  • Keep Christ central in individual and corporate life. Actively participate in and lead the spiritual disciplines of the organization (Christian conduct, devotions, chapel, prayer, worship); incorporate World Vision’s Core Values into decisions within scope of role.
  • Advise the WVUS President/CEO, Board of Directors, and members of senior leadership as to the legal considerations, including enterprise and reputational risks, necessary to support decision-making and policy development.
  • Oversee general corporate governance functions, including: the maintenance of and compliance with Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Board Standing Policies; proper adoption of  resolutions; upholding of Board ethical procedures such as conflict of interest; etc.
  • Develop and lead the legal strategy to promote World Vision’s mission and protect its rights and interests in the U.S. under federal and state law.
  • Lead the Legal team in carrying out its various responsibilities to accomplish organizational goals and initiatives.  These include, but are not limited to, grant and contract services and various aspects of the law – corporate governance, nonprofit, tax exemption and regulation, employment, contracts, intellectual property, religious hiring rights, charitable solicitation, data privacy, sanctions compliance, planned giving, litigation, real estate, and insurance.
  • Advise the Board and management on proper relation to its affiliated entity World Vision International; coordinate with latter’s legal officers regarding common U.S. legal issues (e.g., tax exempt status, employment issues); and engage with legal functions in World Vision entities in other countries, as appropriate.
  • Advance the WVUS agenda in legal, legislative and political arenas on issues of importance to WVUS, in concert with advocacy initiatives. 
  • Manage outside counsel, as necessary.

World Vision US is open to remote candidates with travel to the headquarters office as needed. Relocation support to join the headquarters location can be provided should this suit the selected candidate. The 20-person legal team is located in Washington State, Washington, D.C., and other parts of the United States.

Professional Experience

  • Broad Legal Knowledge and Credibility: Possesses at least 15 years of legal expertise and 10 years of related nonprofit  and corporate governance experience. Juris Doctor and with an ability to secure a license to practice law in the State of Washington. Knowledge of California law is helpful. Understands, applies, and maintains extensive and in-depth knowledge of relevant legal areas, particularly contracts, grants, nonprofit law, data privacy law, religious hiring rights, and employment law. The person must have knowledge of relevant employment law, including federal, state, and local regulations to develop, monitor, and adjust HR policies and practices. The person must also demonstrate public and private sector funding law knowledge thorough understanding of state and federal laws addressing responsibilities of a fiduciary and regarding charitable fundraising and tax-exempt organizations. The person must uphold fiduciary responsibilities as they pertain to real estate trusts, bonds, securities or other major property gifts. Stays abreast of regulatory changes and understands their impact on World Vision program finances.
  • Risk Assessment: Effectively assess business controls and risks using appropriate tools and techniques. Demonstrates an understanding of implications of decisions and strives to mitigate risk and to improve organizational performance.
  • Board Engagement Expertise: Possesses experience communicating and collaborating with an engaged and committed Board.
  • Oral and Written Communication: Effectively and concisely expresses ideas, thoughts and concepts verbally and in writing. The person must make effective oral presentations and use appropriate media and approach.
  • Talent Management: Assesses individual and organizational skills and talent, selecting the best people to build leadership strength, and giving firm and visible support to the performance management and development of overall workforce capability.
  • Analytical/Research Skills: Defines parameters of task and desired objective; gathers and synthesizes relevant data; applies reasoning to determine relationships of variables and develop recommendations. Tests assumptions, observes results.

Personal Qualities and Behavioral Competencies

  • Spiritual Maturity: Navigating and advising legal implications on theological matters. Exhibits wisdom, judgment, maturity, and humility.
  • Communication: Presents ideas articulately. Uses effective listening skills to promote the free flow of information. Shows consistency between words and actions. Works collaboratively with others to promote consistent communication across the department.
  • Stakeholder Relationship Building: Understands the diverse needs and agendas of various stakeholders and balance multiple and sometimes conflicting interests to support the organization's long-term effectiveness.
  • Client Orientation: Proactively works with clients to help them achieve business goals. Consistently strives to address client needs and concerns. Helps client understand the relevance and importance of using best practices to improve business processes.
  • Planning and Organizing: Establishes a systematic course of action for self or others to ensure accomplishment of a specific objective.
  • Systemic Thinking: Demonstrates a comprehensive awareness of the impact and implications of decisions and actions on other units within one's own organization; considers interdependencies before acting.
  • Negotiation Skills: Explores alternatives to reach optimal outcomes that gain acceptance of all parties when parties have divergent goals. Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to gain acceptance of an idea.
  • Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes situations and/or issues, considers options, develops and decides on solutions, recommends and/or implements and monitors appropriate solutions.
  • Influencing Skills: Asserts ideas and persuades others, gaining their support and commitment; mobilizes people to take action. Makes and maintains contact with individuals who can influence decision-makers. Communicates persuasively and with high impact.

History

World Vision was founded by American evangelist Bob Pierce in 1950 to support the Korean Church and missionary work in the wake of the Korean War. In 1953, World Vision’s child sponsorship program was created to care for Korean orphans. By the late 1950s, the program was serving 13,200 children in five countries. In the 1960s, sponsorship continued to expand, and in 1962, a relief division was formed in response to a massive earthquake in Iran.

In the 1970s, World Vision grew to serve 193,000 sponsored children, offer more relief assistance, and establish a new model of service focused on community development, incorporating vocational and agricultural training for families. In 1978, World Vision transported hundreds of stranded Vietnamese refugees from the South China Sea to safety and freedom through an audacious effort known as Operation Sea-sweep. The 1980s saw growth to 834,000 sponsored children and over 5,000 relief and development projects. In 1984, World Vision brought the catastrophic Ethiopian famine to the world’s awareness, triggering unprecedented public response to a humanitarian crisis. Efforts in the 1990s included aiding abandoned orphans in Romania, people suffering in Africa from the disease that would become known as AIDS, and survivors of armed conflict in Rwanda and Kosovo.

In 2004 and 2005, World Vision mounted its largest relief and recovery effort to date in the wake of the South Asia tsunami, with 3,700 local staff members offering life-saving aid. When Hurricane Katrina hit the southern U.S. in 2005, World Vision mobilized pre-positioned relief supplies for an immediate and efficient response. In 2010, World Vision responded to both the devastating Haiti earthquake and the Japan earthquake/tsunami. And since 2011, World Vision has been responding to the Syrian refugee crisis, assisting 2.37 million people made vulnerable by Syria’s civil war. This is only a fraction of the emergency work over the last several decades.

In 2015, by the power of God and the generosity of His people, World Vision celebrated the successful completion of its first ever major donor capital campaign, For Every Child. This faith-stretching $500 million, 5-year effort resulted in the equipping of more than 25 million children and adults to break free from extreme poverty and catalyzed an unprecedented community of like-minded Christian philanthropists to change the world. 

Along the way, World Vision grew stronger – built capacity, tested innovative new approaches, and emerged as the largest nongovernmental provider of clean water in the developing world. Our current campaign, Every Last One, aims to raise $1 billion and reach 50 million people by 2023.

In 2020, World Vision launched the largest global partnership response in its history to Covid-19. Still operational in 70 countries, World Vision has already reached 50 million people, including 20 million children. That means every 60 seconds, 180 people are helped to survive, recover, and rebuild from the effects of the pandemic.

World Vision Core Values

We are Christian

We acknowledge one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In Jesus Christ, the love, mercy, and grace of God are made known to us and all people. From this overflowing abundance of God’s love, we find our call to ministry.

We proclaim together, “Jesus lived, died, and rose again. Jesus is Lord.” We desire Him to be central in our individual and corporate life.

We are Committed to the Poor

We are called to serve the people in greatest need around the world, to relieve their suffering and to promote the transformation of their condition of life.

We stand in solidarity in a common search for justice. We seek to understand the situation of the poor and work alongside them toward fullness of life. We share our discovery of eternal hope in Jesus Christ.

We Value People

We regard all people as created and loved by God. We give priority to people before money, structure, systems, and other institutional machinery.

We act in ways that respect the dignity, uniqueness, and intrinsic worth of every person — the poor, the donors, our staff and their families, boards, and volunteers. We celebrate the richness of  diversity  in human personality, culture, and contribution.

We are Stewards

The resources at our disposal are not our own. They are a sacred trust from God through donors on behalf of the poor. We are faithful to the purpose for which those resources are given and manage them in a manner that brings maximum benefit to the poor.

We speak and act honestly. We are open and factual in our dealings with donor constituencies, project communities, governments, the public at large, and each other. We endeavor to convey a public image conforming to reality. We strive for consistency between what we say and what we do.

We are members of an international World Vision partnership that transcends legal, structural, and cultural boundaries. We accept the obligations of joint participation, shared goals, and mutual accountability that true partnership requires. We affirm our interdependence and our willingness to yield autonomy as necessary for the common good. We commit ourselves to know, understand, and love each other.

We are Partners

We are partners with the poor and with donors in a shared ministry. We affirm and promote unity in the Body of Christ. We pursue relationships with all churches and desire mutual participation in ministry. We seek to contribute to the holistic mission of the church.

We are Responsive

We are responsive to life-threatening emergencies where our involvement is needed and appropriate. We are willing to take intelligent risks and act quickly. We do this from a foundation of experience and sensitivity to what the situation requires. We also recognize that even in the midst of crisis, the destitute have a contribution to make from their experience. We are responsive in a different sense where deep- seated and often complex economic and social deprivation calls for sustainable, long-term development. We maintain the commitments necessary for this to occur.

Contact

To apply and or to refer candidates please contact:
Andrew Wheeler
Founder and President
Lincoln Leadership
directly at awheeler@lincolnleadership.co
contact him at 267 258-191

Job posted: 7/19/2022