The Opportunity

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is hiring a Lead Counsel to lead and oversee legal matters, including litigation, risk management, and contract management for the National Office. The Lead Counsel should have extensive experience in litigation proceedings and processes. The Lead Counsel performs a variety of tasks associated with legal review of agency policies and programs, assists investigations, regulatory and government compliance, intellectual property, employment law, and ethics. This position will report to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. We desire a candidate in greater Tampa, FL; position may be flexible to other metro markets.

Passion for the Mission

The Lead Counsel will embrace and embody the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and its commitment to empowering and inspiring every young person to reach their full potential. The Lead Counsel will flourish in a fast-paced, purpose-driven environment. This leader will be energized working in a national organization demonstrating a collaborative approach when working with stakeholders. This role requires a highly proficient legal practitioner who has a proven track record and ability to work under tight deadlines with a results-oriented approach to their work product. The Lead Counsel will demonstrate strong research, influence, negotiation, and presentation skills.

Commitment to JEDI

It’s not enough to say we are committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). We have to work intentionally and diligently to bring about change in our organization and our communities. To defend the potential of all young people, we have to ensure all young people have the opportunity to have a strong mentoring relationship in their lives. We are actively working to promote justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout our organization. This commitment extends not only to an inclusive hiring and recruitment practice, but also to the policies, processes, and procedures that our staff, families, mentors, donors, and community partners rely upon to create connections within the 5000+ communities that Big Brothers Big Sisters operate within.

Candidate Profile

The Lead Counsel will be an experienced legal practitioner with exceptional administrative and interpersonal skills. A strategic and results-oriented leader, the Lead Counsel will serve as the Ethics Officer, collaborate with coordinating Counsel, and assist with a variety of legal proceedings, and serve as the internal subject matter expert on all litigation for the organization. The Lead Counsel is a candidate that possesses strong consensus building attributes, has a passion about the potential of young people, and can set a vision and execute with a hands-on, collaborative style. This leader will treat others with respect, champion collaboration, professional development, and innovation amongst all levels of the organization and the Big Brothers Big Sisters ecosystem. The Lead Counsel will have experience working closely with a board, senior leadership, staff, and other constituents. The Lead Counsel will bring experience working within a fast-paced, non-profit environment. Federated model knowledge and experience is preferred. A deeply skilled and experienced legal practitioner, the Lead Counsel will be a persuasive speaker, writer, and skilled legal professional with confidence, knowledge, and the accountability to relay complex and confidential information in written and presentations. The Lead Counsel is required to have a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree with a minimum of 7 years of litigation experience, preferably in-house experience and/or experience in litigation, compliance, negotiations, and/or non-profit law.

*Due to COVID-19 travel precautions, this position does not currently travel, but is anticipated to travel approximately 20% once safe travel can resume. *

The Lead Counsel essential roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Advisement

  • Advises BBBSA on any litigation including: EEOC matters; contractual or agency disputes; copyright, logo, and trademark issues; and amicus briefs on issues important to BBBSA.
  • Assists with response to child safety cases, working closely with Coordinating Counsel and VP of Youth Protection
  • Performs legal research to determine how the facts of a case interact with current law.
  • Performs case research, attend depositions, performs electronic and/or paper file inspections, and engage in discovery activities.
  • Exchanges information pertinent to a case from both parties to the action.
  • Drafts legal documents including pleadings, discovery, motions, briefs, and contracts.
  • Follows up after a court decision has been handed down or a settlement has been reached, ensuring that all parties to an action have complied with summary judgement.

Contract Review & Oversight

  • Oversees document retention policies and procedures; direct litigation holds.
  • Reviews contracts and agreements with vendors, third-parties, agencies, consultants, etc.; assist with contract negotiation, contract renewals, contract cancellations, and amendments; work with business units on contract management procedures.
  • Assists in ensuring compliance with government and non-government grant requirements and compliance programs.
  • Reviews all policies and procedures, including assist with drafting and updating policies and procedures as required.
  • Assists with compliance monitoring, including but not limited to: reminders of policies and procedures, internal audit processes, and ongoing assessment of adequacy of policies and procedures.
  • Assists with any government audits and compliance requirements, including IRS, DOL, DOJ, etc.
  • Oversees legal matters related, the Nationwide Leadership Council and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation.
  • Assists with Board meetings, including compliance with Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws; provide counsel and reports to the Board regarding legal matters of importance to the organization and Board member’s fiduciary duties.
  • Reviews partnership agreements jointly with agencies.
  • Proactively reviews and advises on recommendations related to the following: agency agreements (MAA), grant-related inquiries, operational processes, and provides general legal resources as appropriate.
  • Assists with intellectual property matters, including trademark registrations, copyrights, and prosecution of trademark and copyright infringements.
  • Assists with Board Governance actions, in consultation with President & CEO and CFO.
  • Coordinates with outside counsel, as needed.
  • Serves as the Ethics Officer.

Culture

  • Demonstrates a commitment to cultural diversity and inclusion that reflects BBBSA’s commitment to JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion).
  • Provides consistent follow-up after meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

JEDI Commitment

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) is an integral part of our values and mission. We recognize, affirm, and celebrate the diverse backgrounds, lives, and experiences of all of our stakeholders, including youth, families, donors, volunteers, and staff. We ensure the opportunity for all voices and perspectives to be heard and honored. In the workplace, we foster an environment where all people can be their best selves. We affirm that every person [regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation, marital or veteran status] has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We strive to realize the full potential that is within all of us by ensuring that all voices and perspectives are heard and honored.

Equal Employment Opportunity

BBBSA provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, age, sex, familial or marital status, pregnancy, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, or any other legally-protected status in accordance with applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and ordinances.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Employee must be able to perform all essential job functions, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Job Responsibilities

The above statements reflect the general duties, responsibilities and competencies considered necessary to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job and should not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements of the position. BBBSA may change the specific job duties with or without prior notice based on the needs of the organization.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will not accept staffing agency or head hunter inquiries. No phone calls, or e-mails, please.