Staff Attorney - Corporate Law

Company
Campus Crusade for Christ
City
Orlando
State
FL

 

Posted 10/5/20 

Business Title:   Staff Attorney Corporate Law:

Department:      General Counsel’s Office, President’s Office

Reports To:         General Counsel
FLSA:                     Exempt

Job Code:            M2O132-Corporate Law Att.- (MM3/24)

MISSION: Cru is a caring community passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ.

 

SUMMARY

The Corporate Staff Attorney is required to approach his/her job with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) in a manner that seeks, individually and with others, the guidance of the Holy Spirit through prayer. He/she is also expected to approach his/her job in a way that reflects the teachings of the Lord with dignity and respect for those with whom he/she works and with an understanding that his/her words and deeds are a witness to the faith and mission of this organization.

The specific assignment for this position is to provide legal services in the area of corporate affairs for Campus Crusade for Christ ministry groups and subsidiaries by performing the following duties:

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS include the following:

As an employee with Cru:

· Actively and intentionally grow in his/her Christian faith.

· Maintain a positive witness for Christ.
· Express a dependence on the Holy Spirit.
· Share what God is teaching him or her.

· Consistently attend and participate in team/ministry devotional times.

 

For This Position:

  •  Provide competent legal counsel to ensure compliance with applicable U.S. state and federal laws related to   Cru’s religious nonprofit corporate structure (including multiple subsidiary entity types), governance   requirements, and corporate tax and regulatory requirements.

  • In coordination with General Counsel, manage the corporate affairs for Cru and is responsible to maintain in good standing a large number of subsidiary entities.

  • Prepare, oversee, amend, and manage the filing and maintenance of corporate governance documents, including Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, minutes, conflict of interest forms, tax-exempt applications and determination letters, group ruling letters, internal files, and other records.

  • Oversee and advise on corporate filing processes, including annual reports, information returns, foreign business registrations, fictitious business names, and charitable solicitations registrations.

  • Draft, review, and edit various reports, filings, spreadsheets, memoranda, correspondence, IRS Forms, state forms, meeting minutes, and other legal documents.

  • Understand general state principles affecting IRC 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofits,

  • Understand and apply state-specific laws and regulations concerning entity formation, dissolution, corporate governance requirements, director and officer roles and responsibilities, fiduciary duties of Board members, and state-specific filing requirements, including corporate tax requirements.

  • Demonstrate general understanding of business accounting principles and ability to read and interpret financial reports such as corporate income statements and balance sheets.

  • Serve the needs of the boards of directors, including preparing and/or reviewing agendas and meeting materials; attending board meetings and committee meetings; taking meeting notes; facilitating meetings as temporary chairperson when requested; responding to questions pertaining to parliamentary, governance, or legal matters; and reviewing minutes drafts.

  • Engage with Financial Services Group regarding corporate entity status updates and regulatory compliance requirements; provide or coordinate legal review of tax and related corporate filings; timely and appropriately respond to internal and external audit requests.

  • Maintain positive working relationships internally and externally with various departments, teams, and individuals, including Executive Officers/Leaders, the Cru Board of Directors, and board members for the ministry’s various subsidiaries.

     

         OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Demonstrate and model personal spiritual discipline and assist in development of an environment on the team where individual team members grow in their own Christian walks.
  • Engage in the Staff Development process including creating and implementing a Personal Development Plan (PDP) targeting areas of growth.
  • Provide legal counsel and services on special projects as assigned.

 

         SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist General Counsel with paralegals in the corporate practice area, including planning, assigning, and directing work; addressing complaints; and resolving problems.

 

         QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

         CHRISTIAN FAITH:

  •  Must have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
  •  Must sign the Statement of Faith of Cru without reservation.
  •  Must be able to clearly express Biblical principles which are the foundation for the Christian faith.
  • Must be able express faith in a manner which encourages those who are not believers to consider making the Christian faith their own.

  • Must have a history of participation in Bible study and worship.

  • Must be able to describe his/her practice of prayer and his/her understanding of the Holy Spirit’s ongoing work in his/her personal life and in his/her professional life.

  • Must be willing to conduct his/her life in a manner which is consistent with Cru’s standards and expectations, understanding that his/her conduct in the workplace and in the community can reflect on the mission of Cru.

 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Undergraduate and law school degrees plus at least 3-5 years of experience in a law firm or in- house counsel environment in the practice of corporate and/or nonprofit law.
  • Experience working with charitable religious 501(c)(3) entities and relevant tax matters preferred.
  • Supervisory or team leadership experience preferred.

 

KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Biblical principles in order to lead effectively in key a position.
  • Cru’s Mission, Vision, and Values.
  • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
  • Ministry organization, operations, policies, and objectives.
  • Legal principles and laws that govern corporations, including nonprofits and religious charities.
  • Principles and procedures of legal research.
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills.
  • Excellent communication, writing, research, analytical, critical thinking, and organizational skills.
  • Conflict resolution and investigation techniques.
  • Basic technology and computer systems, including Microsoft Office and Google applications.

 

ABILITY TO:

  • Accurately analyze and interpret relevant laws, rulings, regulations, legal and corporate documents, including financial reports.
  • Create, compose, and edit legal opinions, governance documents, minutes, and other written materials.
  • Understand, apply, and explain corporate legal issues, rules, and regulations, preferably in the context of IRC501(c)(3) religious charities and/or churches.
  • Maintain confidentiality with the utmost discretion.
  • Applying a team mentality, work cooperatively with others using tact, patience, and
  • professionalism.
  • Clearly communicate legal and technical information to a variety of audiences.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships throughout the ministry.
  • Work efficiently with acute attention to detail and a spirit of flexibility.
  • Prioritize workflow, meet demanding deadlines, and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Use sound judgment and discretion in decision-making, delegation of tasks, and legal strategy.
  • Think on your feet and adapt quickly in context of board meetings and planning.
  • Maintain composure and poise under pressure.
  • Travel domestically 2-3x/year, plus internationally on occasion as needed.

 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Licensed to practice law in at least one jurisdiction in the United States.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The General Counsel’s office is housed in the Global Leadership Office of Campus Crusade for Christ. The environment is one of a professional nature similar to a legal office or corporate executive office.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and color vision.

CHRISTIAN GROWTH

It is anticipated that all employees of Campus Crusade for Christ, throughout the course of their employment, will actively seek opportunities for greater understanding, involvement and connection with our ministry by taking part in various activities as specified by their leadership. This includes attending periodic Bible studies and other worship experiences which occur in the workplace during the workweek. Employees are also expected to actively and intentionally grow in their Christian faith and exhibit Christian character as demonstrated by their attitude, appearance and conduct as outlined in the "Standards and Expectations" section of the employee handbook.

Link for interested candidates:

https://www.cru.org/us/en/opportunities/careers/hourly-and-salaried-positions/gco-corporate-attorney.html

Or contact HR director, Ellen Hudgens at ellen.hudgens@cru.org