General Counsel

Company
Young America's Foundation
City
Reston
State
VA
Salary Range
Commensurate with experience.

 

Posted 2/14/20

The General Counsel will oversee YAF’s legal efforts under the direction of YAF’s president.

Description:

The General Counsel will oversee and advise on all legal issues for the Foundation and have primary responsibility for monitoring and ensuring compliance with all relevant legal, governance, tax, and other requirements.

The General Counsel will also lead YAF’s legal efforts to protect student rights on high school and college campuses, including public record’s requests and free speech litigation.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Advising the Foundation president, senior staff, and Board of Directors on various matters, such as legal rights, and new and existing laws
  • Identifying and evaluating emerging legal issues as they relate to the Foundation and offering legal expertise on the best ways to advance the Foundation’s interests
  • Overseeing the research, development, and execution of an overarching litigation strategy to advance the Foundation’s mission
  • Overseeing the Foundation’s legal team, including hiring of additional staff attorneys
  • Overseeing the Foundation’s legal efforts to protect student rights on high school and college campuses, including public record’s requests and free speech litigation
  • Examining and creating draft agreements, such as employer and vendor agreements
  • Maintaining knowledge of the Foundation’s operations and legal documents and preserving corporate records
  • Managing the Foundation’s legal matters and engaging and liaising with outside counsel as necessary
  • Coordinating with allied attorney organizations on case partnerships and opportunities
  • Preparing and presenting effective oral and written reports
  • Ensuring compliance with all professional and ethical standards and requirements for staff
  • Preparing and editing materials to guide the Foundation staff on legal issues, including employee manual, contracts, employment agreements, and employee relations policies as needed
  • Working with the development team on issues related to planned giving

 

Education and Experience:

  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school
  • Must have an active bar license; admission to the Virginia bar is preferred but not required
  • 5+ years full-time work experience in the practice of law
  • Knowledge of statutes, rules, and regulations pertaining to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations
  • Strong commitment to the principles of the Conservative Movement, including traditional values, free enterprise, limited government, and a strong national defense
  • Proficient understanding of organizational sensitivities and confidentiality
  • Understanding of and appreciation for the role of planned giving in non-profit fundraising

 

Knowledge/Skills/Characteristics:

  • Committed to and enthusiastic about Young America’s Foundation’s mission and programs
  • Willingness to be creative and explore legal opportunities to advance the Foundation’s mission while also protecting YAF’s interests
  • Strong legal research and writing skills
  • Commitment to life-long learning and continuing education in the legal field as it pertains to non-profit organizations
  • Willingness to travel
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Ability to work as a collaborative, constructive team member

 

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

 

Application Process:
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

    • Cover letter detailed your sincere interest in this position and YAF’s mission, as well as your salary requirements
    • Résumé
    • A list of 3-5 professional references

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

https://talentmarket.org/candidates/apply-for-your-dream-job/         

Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: claire@talentmarket.org.

Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.