FH Heartbeat At Food for the Hungry, we operate under a set of guiding principles we call “The Heartbeat.” This includes our Values, Vision and Purpose, which serve as the explanation of who we are and how we work as an organization. Together we follow God’s call responding to human suffering and graduating communities from extreme poverty.
Job Summary Create, execute, and lead an integrated global legal and contract management strategy in order to guide and protect the interests of the organization. Key advisor to FH’s leadership and Board of Directors, providing legal counsel contributing to the multidimensional nature of FH as a Christian international relief and development organization operating on multiple continents, In addition, oversee FH’s global governance and structural makeup to ensure maximum benefit to the organization. Partner with leadership across the full range of ministry functions in the Global Service Center GSC), Regional and Field Offices including Risk Management & Compliance, Fundraising, Program Execution, Finance, Information Technology and Human Resources.
Principal Responsibilities • Create, lead and provide advice to leadership on integrated legal and contract management strategy, including utilization of outside legal counsel. o Create and oversee organization-wide legal and contract management strategy. o Act as key advisor to FH’s leadership and Board of directors across FH’s global footprint and functions. Provide practical, effective, and timely solutions to issues as they arise. o Create policies and procedures on engaging outside legal counsel to ensure high quality counsel; liaise, coordinate, manage, and provide oversight to outside legal counsel. • Lead global legal and contract management activities. o Assess organizational legal issues, and drive actions to address issues based on legal risk. o Provide legal advice at country, regional and global service center levels. o Collaborate with executive leadership to optimize affiliates, partners, and country office legal structures, governance, and agreements. o Oversee proper foreign country registrations. o Oversee contract and procurement policies and procedures. • Oversee global contracts, agreements, procurement, and other legal and compliance policies, procedures, and documents. o Oversee the review of agreement and contract templates including grants, subcontractors, consultants, vendors, secondments, purchase orders, artists, speakers, tour representatives, employment, and procurement to ensure equal bargaining between parties and mitigation of risk clauses. o Establish and maintain contracts policies and procedures and contracts management system, and team of key contract reviewers. o Create and oversee policy and process for legal documents including powers of attorney, country registrations, conflict of interest statements, informed consent letters, VISA documents, MOUs, state solicitation registrations, and delegations of authority. • Supervise Procurement Director. • Act as point of contact and oversee areas of law unique to FH including religious freedom, US immigration and VISA processing for FH staff, and planned giving and estates. • Participate in legal working groups and roundtables to learn about relevant legal topics and share learnings. • Other duties as assigned.
Job Level Specifications • Vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a Christian commitment to serving the poor and in full agreement with FH’s Christian beliefs expressed in The Heartbeat. • Provides leadership and direction through Directors and/or Sr. Managers. Develops corporate and/or organizational policies and authorizes their implementation. Detailed knowledge of company allows for innovative concepts and promoting new ideas. Provides direction to senior managers in various areas, groups, and/or operations. Recognized as an influential leader. • Consistently works with abstract ideas or situations across functional areas of the business. Through assessment of intangible variables, identifies and evaluates fundamental issues, providing strategy and direction for major functional areas. Requires in-depth knowledge of the functional area, business strategies, and the company’s goals. • Directs and controls the activities of one or more functional areas, divisions, product groups or service areas through senior managers who have overall responsibility for the successful operation of those assigned areas. • Demonstrated computer operating skills, including proficiency in Google platforms, Microsoft Office products, and virtual technologies such as Skype and/or Zoom. • Ability to sit at a computer for up to 8 hours a day doing repetitive motions on a keyboard. • Ability to travel up to 20% of time per year in the US and internationally, to insecure countries or locations
Experience • 15+ years of experience on a broad and deep range of legal and contract management issues, preferably at an international law firm, corporation and/or NGO. • Specialized experience with labor, contract, international, and foreign law is a significant plus. • Experience with a faith-based NGO is also a plus.
Education/Certifications • JD degree required. • Currently licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona (preferred) or eligible to apply for an Arizona Certificate of Registration of In-House Counsel.
Language Proficiency in spoken and written English. Spanish or French language capability preferred but not required. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret case law, statutes, legal memoranda, business periodicals, professional journals, technical policies and procedures, and government regulations. Ability to effectively present complicated information in comprehensive but concise fashion to senior management. Ability to write memoranda, reports, business correspondence, and policy and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from leadership, staff, outside counsel, and the general public. Ability and experience in communicating with field staff from other cultures for whom English is not a primary language.
Supervisor Responsibilities Directly supervises staff. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints, resolving problems, etc.
Safeguarding Policy Food for the Hungry is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for all beneficiaries it serves. It is FH's policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that prevents and deters any actions and omissions that put any beneficiaries, including children and the most vulnerable at risk. All personnel are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy could result in termination.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Food for the Hungry
At Food for the Hungry, we operate under a set of guiding principles we call “The Heartbeat.” This includes our Values, Vision and Purpose, which serve as the explanation of who we are and how we work as an organization. Together we follow God’s call responding to human suffering and graduating communities from extreme poverty.