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Vice President - General Counsel

Employer
Wounded Warrior Project
Location
Florida, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jun 12, 2024

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Position Type
Executive
Fields
Legal Services
Employment Type
Full Time
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as the principal legal advisor to the CEO, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Board members, and all WWP executive leaders.

  • Provide strategic, professional, solutions oriented, and proactive legal guidance and service to WWP on programmatic, corporate, and general legal matters. Matters may include the following areas: compliance with nonprofit tax and fundraising laws and regulations; grants and impact investments; contracts; guidance to program teammates on legal issues relating to the provision of service to veterans; corporate governance matters; audit and insurance matters; real estate and leases; development and monitoring of policies; intellectual property matters; employment/benefit matters; ethics; enterprise risk management; internal audit; long-term support trust, and bequests.

  • Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of pertinent federal and state laws, regulations, rulings, interpretations, and court decisions as they affect WWP.

  • Participate in the creation, development, and achievement of organizational strategy and policy as a member of the executive team.

  • Develop preventive legal strategies and organizational policy and compliance programs to help minimize litigation, third party disputes, and other potential program development and implementation challenges.

  • Represent WWP where necessary and/or retain counsel for such representation; determine when to retain outside counsel and whom to retain and maintain relationships with such counsel.

  • Lead and manage the Legal and Compliance teams, including hiring, training, evaluating, and developing professional, paraprofessional, and administrative teammates.

  • Provide direction to and oversight of the Compliance and Legal teams to ensure consistent compliance with regulatory, contractual, and internal policies and standards.

  • Represent WWP before administrative agencies and with industry partners as it concerns policies, laws, rules, and regulations and the efficient and effective management of a nonprofit organization.

  • Work cooperatively and strategically with teammates to analyze and advise on legal, business and tax implications, and coordinate a variety of transactional matters.

  • Draft, modify, negotiate, and/or review WWP legal documents and organizational policies including conducting legal research and providing legal opinions.

  • Monitor and evolve WWP’s compliance program and maintain organizational compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations.

  • Educate the organization on compliance best-practices and serve as a resource to identify and mitigate risk across the organization.

  • Review and execute corporate documents on behalf of the organization and for the administration of legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Facilitate timely and accurate communications between the Executive team and the Board of Directors.

  • Other duties as assigned.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES

  • Optimistic, pragmatic, solution-oriented with possess a genuine interest in and commitment to protecting the organization and its people.

  • Highly motivated, passionate, and creative team player with demonstrated commitment to organizational culture, goals, and objectives.

  • Broad overall legal knowledge in litigation, corporate law, exempt organizations law, employment law, etc.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop legal strategy, articulate guiding principles, and drive appropriate outcomes.

  • Able to troubleshoot, identify viable options, balance risks, and problem-solve through excellent reasoning abilities and demonstrating sound judgment.

  • Strong working knowledge of Westlaw/LexisNexis.

  • Positive attitude and ability to work in a collaborative environment while effectively communicating legal concepts to teammates throughout the organization.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle highly sensitive matters with confidentiality, diplomacy, and professionalism.

  • Excellent organizational skills and time management skills with ability to prioritize and effectively handle multiple priorities with tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Advanced business understanding and acumen.

  • Demonstrated ease and confidence in public speaking and representing WWP.

  • Committed to the highest standards of personal and professional ethics and conduct.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office programs, Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.

  • Mission-driven, guided by core values, and a pleasure to work with.

 

EXPERIENCE

 

Requirements

  • Twelve years of relevant legal experience.

  • Ten years of leadership or staff management experience.

 

Preferences

  • Ten years of experience in a corporate legal environment.

  • Seven years of non-profit or program evaluation experience.

  • Five years of experience interacting with a Board of Directors and managing responsibilities related to corporate governance.

 

EDUCATION

 

Requirements

  • Juris doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school.

 

CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSURE

 

Requirements

  • Must have active bar license in good standing and, if such license is not in Florida, the ability to obtain Florida Authorized House Counsel certification.

  • Valid state-issued driver’s license.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • General office environment; temperature controlled

  • Up to 25% travel

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