President & General Corporate Counsel

ADF Foundation
Washington, DC


Posted 2/6/20


President & General Corporate Counsel

General Summary:

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President & General Corporate Counsel (“President”) of the ADF Foundation (“Foundation”) will provide leadership and vision and work with the Board to set strategic direction and shape internal policy. The President will be responsible for the Foundation’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.

The President will be collaborative, communicate openly, and cultivate trusting relationships with the Board, Foundation staff, ADF team members, and key stakeholders, including Ministry Friends, Allied Attorneys and Alliance partners. The President will be forward thinking and agile, responding to the marketplace with innovation and best business practices consistent with the Guiding Principles of the Foundation.

Serving also as the General Corporate Counsel, the President will also function as the chief legal officer of the Foundation and provide legal services, legal guidance and counsel in executive and policy decision-making. The President is responsible for leading the Foundation’s team of attorneys, legal staff, and any outside counsel retained to represent the Foundation. Subject to direction of the Board, the President is responsible for resolving all legal claims, and initiating and appealing all lawsuits and administrative proceedings. The President also advises on complying with federal and state laws and regulations affecting the Foundation. The President manages outside counsel budgets, issues contracts for legal services, and retains outside counsel on behalf of the Foundation. The President also establishes internal controls to evaluate and protect the Foundation’s legal interests, its independence, and reduce its legal risks. As a licensed attorney, the President should anticipate, recognize, and understand legal issues, dual representation issues, and the duties of protection.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Bring the “Billion Dollar Dream” to fruition!

  • The President must be able to successfully lead and manage what one day will be a $1 billion endowment based on  external research, analytics, and projections.


Lead the Foundation, in concert with Alliance Defending Freedom, to develop and implement long-range strategy.

  • Engage constituents, including the Board, to develop a clear vision, prepare a strategic plan and an annual plan subject to review and approval of the Board.

  • Commit to the Foundation’s mission and ensure the Foundation has a long-range strategy to achieve its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.

  • Ensure the Foundation operates in alignment with Alliance Defending Freedom’s mission and long-range strategies.

  • Protect the Foundation’s independence as a separate operating entity in order to protect the assets of the Foundation as well as honor promises made to donors.

Serve as the Foundation’s ambassador, building external alliances and relationships.

  • Speak eloquently, persuasively and credibly about the Foundation and its mission in a range of settings, both internally and externally.

  • Participate, advocate and lead discussions about the importance of endowment to support the future of Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Enhance the organization’s visibility and the recognition of its expertise in endowment and complex/planned giving arrangements.

  • Build mutual trust and strong working relationships with the Alliance Defending Freedom team, allied partners, key organizations and other interested parties, including like-minded charitable organization and advocacy groups who can advance the mission of Alliance Defending Freedom and the Foundation.

  • Be proactive, contribute to innovative thinking and provide leadership to serve both Alliance Defending Freedom and the Foundation.


Manage full spectrum of legal, risk and compliance to support corporate level transactions and the operations of Foundation.

  • Oversee a wide range of routine legal matters encountered by the organization (e.g., real estate/property, trusts and estates, and tax law) and proactively identifying and managing risks to the organization.

  • Participate in the definition and development of organizational policies, procedures and programs and provide continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and legal implications of all matters relevant to the Foundation. Negotiate and draft legal agreements (e.g., consulting agreements, independent contractor agreements, etc.) in support of Foundation programs.

  • Draft and review legal documents pertinent to the Foundation (e.g., employee agreements, Secondment agreements, employee handbook, etc.), as needed.

  • Lead support and training of legal team members as required.


Work effectively in partnership with the ADF Foundation Board of Directors.

  • Perform all duties in compliance with all governing policies including, but not limited to the Articles of Incorporation, the Bylaws, provisions of the Board Policies Manual (“BPM”) applicable to the duties and responsibilities of the President, the Investment Policy, the Gift Acceptance Policy, and the Spending Policy.

  • Keep the Board informed on a timely basis about the organization’s financial and operational performance, regulatory compliance, and factors that impact the Foundation’s work and opportunities, to enable the Board to make sound decisions that best support Foundation and its mission.

  • Provide advice to the Board on legal matters pertinent to the Foundation and on contemplated actions.

  • Draft and review Board resolutions and policies for form and legality.

    Strengthen and continuously improve Foundation’s organizational capabilities, including the administrative and financial integrity and health of the Foundation.

  • Lead and develop a talented and dedicated team who are collaborative and are empowered to make decisions.

  • Encourage and live high professional standards.

  • Set the tone for organizational culture that reflects Foundation’s Guiding Principles.

  • Ensure the Foundation operates in alignment with the promises made by the ADF Founding President to past, current, and potential ministry friends.

    • The Foundation will operate in perpetuity as an independent entity.

    • Planned Giving gifts, estates, wills, and trusts will be processed by the independent Foundation.

  • Create a development strategy to leverage legacy giving efforts, assess and develop new revenue streams, and fundraising strategies.

  • In collaboration with the Alliance Defending Freedom Accounting Team and the Foundation Treasurer, oversee the Foundation’s day-to-day accounting, program and operations cash flows, budgets, and internal controls.

  • Work with the Foundation Board and external investment advisor(s) to ensure that the Foundation’s investments and financial management are effective and appropriately aligned with the Foundation’s vision and mission.

  • Develop and manage annual marketing and fundraising plans to ensure that the endowment is responsive to the needs of Alliance Defending Freedom, while also meeting the Foundation’s objectives and needs. Drive the implementation of these plans and execute on them, ensuring follow through and thorough evaluation.


Steward the Alliance Defending Freedom Mission.

  • Work with the Alliance Defending Freedom team to measurably enhance the value of their service to Ministry Friends, outside constituents and program beneficiaries.

  • Perform services for the Ministry with respect to planned gifts, estate gifts and other giving arrangements and the administration of such gifts.

  • Perform such other duties as may be authorized by the Foundation Board.


Experience / Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission, vision and long-term success of Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Bachelor’s degree; J.D., licensed to practice law in relevant jurisdiction.

  • Minimum of 20 years of legal experience, with a minimum of 10 years nonprofit experience.

  • Proven strategic and credible leader with vision, perseverance and a track record of transforming ideas into reality and a demonstrated ability to inspire, delegate, and lead high-performing, collaborative teams. Excellent networking abilities and relationship building skills with a proven track record of collaboration.

  • Passionate, mission-driven, and self-directed with humility, and a positive attitude.

  • Superb oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize workload in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule.


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