Associate General Counsel
COMPANY: The Southern Baptist Foundation
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
Overview and Primary Function
The Southern Baptist Foundation provides a wide range of investment, fiduciary, and estate planning services for individuals, institutions, and churches of the Southern Baptist Convention, and other evangelical Christian organizations. The Foundation is committed to assisting individuals and ministries in discerning God’s purposes for the resources He has entrusted to them, and to maximizing the impact of those resources. The ultimate purpose of the work of the Foundation is to exalt Jesus Christ and to see the Gospel shared with all the nations.
The Associate General Counsel impacts the success of the Foundation by serving as an adviser to the Board and leadership team, working with ministries to develop and implement planned giving initiatives, counseling donors regarding design options to implement the goals God has inspired in their hearts, leading special projects of the Foundation, and managing outside counsel involved in work on behalf of the Foundation.
Essential Responsibilities and Functions
- Be a consistent witness for Jesus Christ, and a Christ-like ambassador for the Foundation. Maintain a Christ-like attitude in dealing with people within and outside of the Foundation. Offer spiritual counsel and pray with Foundation staff, partners, and donors.
- Assist donors and other individuals with comprehensive estate planning services.
- Assess, design, and communicate creative, tax-efficient charitable gift designs that fulfill the planning objectives of donors.
- Advise leaders of organizations with a wide range of sophistication on developing and implementing planned giving initiatives.
- Speak at key donor events and conferences of various organizations.
- Provide legal guidance and practical solutions to the Foundation’s investment, fiduciary, and tax personnel with expertise and sound commercial business judgment.
- Provide leadership, planning and consultation to ensure achievement of operational priorities and initiatives of the Foundation.
- Manage, negotiate, and draft an array of commercial documents, including engagement letters, organizational structure and governance documents, ministry partner agreements, vendor and service agreements, licensing, and non-disclosure agreements.
- Collaborate with the legal team and other Foundation staff to identify and implement improvements to estate planning, planned giving, and fiduciary processes.
- Render legal analysis and guidance regarding the Foundation’s policies and activities, including compliance with applicable statutes and regulations. This includes employment law, charitable solicitation registration, laws pertaining to trusts and endowments, employee benefits, copyright and trademark protection, and tax-exempt status.
- Perform effective due diligence on potential transactions and ventures involving the Foundation.
- Work with the Foundation’s legal team and outside counsel to mitigate the Foundation’s litigation risk and regarding active litigation matters.
- Train board members and staff regarding legal standards and best practices of charitable organizations.
- Provide well-reasoned, concise counsel regarding strategic business decisions and evaluate the impact decisions have throughout the organization.
- Cultivate productive relationships with ministry partners, donors, and industry colleagues.
- Demonstrate industry and self-motivation, while also being able to work collaboratively or under the direction of others.
Spiritual Life and Faith
- Maintain a vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This should be expressed through integrity, conduct, lifestyle, demeanor, and attitude. Must accept in principle and affirm through conduct the Statement of Faith of the Foundation.
- Accountable for supporting, upholding, and engaging in a Christ-like manner in all internal and external communication and relationships.
- Juris Doctor Degree, with strong academic credentials.
- Third-year law students who have demonstrated exceptional potential may also apply.
Work Experience (if practicing attorney)
- Substantial in-house and/or law firm experience in an estate planning, tax, or transactional practice is preferred.
- Expertise in estate planning, charitable gift designs, contracts, real estate transactions, tax and business structures.
- Equivalent education, training, certification, or personal skills may be substituted for experience.
Licenses and Certifications
- Licensed to practice law in at least one state, and willing to attain licensure in additional states. If a law student, must take and pass bar exam at first opportunity.
- Combination of office environment and travel to work with organizations and donors.
- Sitting, standing, and/or walking for considerable periods of time.
- May be required to travel up to 20% of work schedule.
Compensation and Benefits
- Excellent compensation, commensurate with skills and experience
- Exemplary benefits, including generous paid time off and sick days; 403(b) employer contribution and match; medical, dental, and vision insurance benefits for employee and family; employer-sponsored health reimbursement account; life insurance for employee and family; licensure-related fees; and expenses for continuing education
Qualified candidates may submit the following in one PDF file with your name in the file name:
- Cover letter detailing your interest in the position with an emphasis on how your goals and experience align with the position’s responsibilities
- One or two writing samples
We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position but will contact only those to whom we offer an interview. All applications should be submitted by email (not by phone) to firstname.lastname@example.org.