The Associate Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Chief Ethics Officer helps lead the Legal & Risk Management Division, fosters a values-based culture of compliance at Save the Children, and partners with teams across Save the Children USA and its affiliates to help the agency manage its legal needs and exposures. In coordination with the General Counsel and the closely-knit legal team, you will engage with staff across the organization, with outside counsel, with the Board of Trustees, with donors, and other stakeholders to support Save the Children’s mission and programs.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
- Lead, supervise, engage, develop, and coach a team of Legal and Risk Management staff in managing Legal and Risk Management staff to provide support on legal, ethics, and compliance matters to domestic and international programs and operations.
- Coordinate, oversee, and provide legal advice on statutory and regulatory requirements, contractual obligations, potential and pending legal claims, and related matters to support the agency’s programs and operations, both in areas of designated responsibility and as a backup for other attorneys.
- In coordination with the General Counsel, advise agency leadership and the Board of Trustees on governance matters for Save the Children USA and its affiliates.
- Develop and execute strategies to foster a culture of ethics and compliance at Save the Children USA and its affiliates based in the agency’s core values.
- Monitor and help coordinate the agency’s response to changes in the legal framework for Save the Children’s programs, including federal and state regulations, donor requirements, and industry best practices.
- Direct and support the agency’s response to key ethics and compliance matters, including investigations, remediation plans, and external reporting.
- Provide updates on key compliance matters to agency senior leadership and the Board of Trustees, as appropriate.
- Serve as a member of the Extended Senior Management Team and represent the Legal and Risk Management Division on crisis management teams, agency projects, and other cross-divisional meetings.
- Graduate of an accredited law school with an LL.B. or J.D. and a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in Connecticut or the District of Columbia.
- A minimum of 12 years of relevant experience, the majority of which should be practicing law at a law firm, government agency, or in-house legal department, with experience in corporate compliance programs.
- Demonstrated proficiency in US government laws and regulations for tax exempt organizations, contract drafting and negotiations, and corporate governance matters.
- Proven ability to prioritize and work with multiple and often competing priorities
- Proven detail-orientation with demonstrated follow-through,
- Professional proficiency with written and spoken English
- Professional proficiency in MS Office Suite
- Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in regards to our staff, our programs, our current and future donors and partners, and our beneficiaries.
- In-house legal experience at a nonprofit organization strongly preferred
- Experience developing and managing a legal team.
- Familiarity with US government regulations concerning grants and contracts, lobbying and election law matters, intellectual property law, nonprofit fundraising and solicitations rules, and employment law matters.
- International work or volunteer experience related to humanitarian or development assistance.