World Vision International

Legal Counsel

Job Description

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

To provide legal counsel and services, in consultation with and under the direction of the General Counsel, to enable World Vision International and the broader World Vision “Partnership” to carry out their mission in compliance with applicable laws and at an acceptable level of legal risk.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provide high-quality and timely legal advice to WVI clients and affiliated entities. Specific legal issues and functions may be expected to be drawn from the following, as determined in consultation with the General Counsel:

  • Monitor the legal status of WVI and its foreign offices and subsidiaries to ensure their compliance, local and international, with legal requirements, including requirements to maintain tax exempt status. Advise management on how to keep the corporation within the law and minimize legal risks while devising acceptable methods to accomplish corporate objectives.

  • Advise WVI senior management and National Directors/staff regarding significant legal matters including registration requirements, government protocols, contracts and personnel issues.

  • Advise on formation, governance, and dissolution of legal entities, and relationships between related entities.

  • Provide assistance on matters related to human resources, including employment contracts, policy, terminations, and immigration status.

  • Provide legal advice and services to senior leadership and, as assigned, to the WVI Board and Council, in order to support decision-making and policy development.

  • Advise and assist the WVI Board and Council and their committees regarding legal requirements, policies, and bylaw revisions, resolutions and other matters. As requested, attend board and board committee meetings, for WVI and for its subsidiary and affiliated entities, and draft and/or review minutes of board and committee meetings for legal concerns.

  • Formulate strategy in litigation, including selection and coordination of outside counsel.

  • Monitor legal information and developments which are or may be applicable to WVI.

  • Supervise Paralegal/Legal Assistant and/or outside counsel in the filing of visa applications and other immigration and naturalization matters, trademark registrations, and other areas of her/his responsibility.

  • Deal with financial matters, including banking arrangements, funding arrangements, procurement issues and microfinance operations.

  • Assist on information technology licensing and support matters, as well as internet-related issues.

  • Provide training for staff to identify and resolve potential legal issues, with appropriate assistance of legal counsel.

  • Handle legal matters related to WVI and its subsidiary and affiliated entities (including cooperation with other WV entities’ legal departments and/or outside counsel) and their transactions with governments, suppliers and other organizations and individuals.

  • Respond to requests from other WV offices for legal documents and powers of attorney.

  • Monitor insurance coverage and ensure that adequate risk management standards are maintained.

  • Provide advice and legal services as required to protect WV’s intellectual property rights worldwide, including trademark and copyright registrations, licensing and infringement issues.

  • Work with outside legal counsel as required. Attempt to keep legal costs at a minimum consistent with the achievement of our objectives.

  • Provide background information and legal research as appropriate.

  • Travel internationally as required.

  • Attend and participate in weekly chapel and daily devotional meetings.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Required:

  • US Juris Doctor degree, or foreign equivalent.

  • Solid foundation in fundamental legal theories, ability to identify problems and legal issues and provide practical advice to in-house clients, good negotiating and research skills, as well as effective written and oral communication skills.

  • Experience in dealing with outside counsel and general knowledge of international affairs.

  • Sensitivity in and exposure to cross-cultural situations.

  • At least 5 years experience as a practicing attorney, with at least some of that in a major global law firm and engaged in cross-border, multijurisdictional matters.

  • Admitted to the California Bar and licensed to practice law in California, or registered as In-House Counsel under Rule 9.46, or as a Registered Foreign Legal Consultant under Rule 9.44. We would consider waiving this requirement for an exceptional candidate licensed to practice law in a non-US jurisdiction, but this would require certain limitations in the legal responsibilities that could be assigned to the employee.

  • Fluent in written and spoken English.

Preferred:

  • Fluency in a second language (especially Spanish, French, or Portuguese).

  • Experience in a non-US legal system, particularly the Civil Law system.

  • Experience both in law firms and corporate in-house legal departments.

  • Experience with nonprofit organisations.

Work Experience:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 20% of the time.