JASA is seeking a General Counsel to join its executive team, serve as the organization’s chief legal advisor, and advance JASA’s mission while assessing and managing organizational risk.
Reporting to the CEO, the General Counsel will provide strategic legal advice and oversee all legal matters across the organization. The General Counsel will advise the JASA trustees, executive team, and senior management on governance, contracts, risk management, real estate transactions, litigations, benefits, and employment law issues. This is a new position for a full-time senior attorney with a commitment to working in the nonprofit sector and advancing JASA’s mission.
The General Counsel manages complex and sensitive matters, and provides material assistance on a variety of matters. The position requires an attorney who has a working knowledge of the legal rules that apply to tax-exempt organizations and who is also a strong generalist or has the capacity to become one quickly. JASA has numerous corporate entities presenting legal questions spanning a broad range of content areas including real estate, health care, government regulations, regulatory/compliance, and data privacy. The General Counsel will have a depth of experience in at least one of these areas and will manage referrals and relationships with outside counsel to supplement the General Counsel’s own expertise.
The General Counsel will serve on and contribute to the executive leadership team, which sets the strategic direction of the organization, evaluates and makes decisions regarding risk mitigation, and represents leadership to the employee population. As such, this individual is expected to contribute and add value beyond the boundaries of strict legal questions or matters, serving as a pragmatic problem-solver, sounding board, and business-savvy colleague.
The General Counsel will support JASA’s work through advising on:
Responsibilities to be carried out directly or through prudent use of outside counsel and pro bono partners include but are not limited to:
Nonprofit Law & Compliance
Contract Review & Negotiation
Leadership & Strategy
The new General Counsel must be capable of integrating smoothly into senior management at JASA and fit into the organization’s collaborative and inclusive culture. They must be able to establish strong communications with colleagues in order to set priorities about systems and supports that need to be established or strengthened. They must be committed to supporting their colleagues by setting feasible and reliable standards for responsiveness and communicating promptly about obstacles to meeting expectations as they arise. They must be passionate about JASA’s work and be able to work closely with the CEO, the Board, the senior leadership team, and program staff in a supportive and direct manner.
The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, a hands-on management style, an ability to listen and be inclusive of ideas, and be able to work collaboratively with staff and leadership to address and solve problems or issues as they arise. In addition, they will be diplomatic, of the highest integrity, and possess sound judgment as well as a sense of humor and an attitude of curiosity and openness to learning.
Compensation commensurate with experience. For more information about JASA, visit www.jasa.org
All positions at JASA are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.