AHRC New York City

Chief Legal Officer

To Apply

AHRC NYC has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:

Jack Lusk, CEO and Managing Partner
Anne McCarthy, Esq., Senior Director and COO
Harris Rand Lusk
122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605
New York, NY 10168

Please put “AHRC CLO” in the subject line and e-mail your resume and cover letter in Word or PDF format to amccarthy@harrisrand.com

AHRC New York City is seeking a skilled legal professional to join its leadership team as its first Chief Legal Officer.

For nearly 70 years, AHRC New York City (AHRC NYC) has been the leading family-governed organization committed to finding ways for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities build full lives as defined by each person and supported by dedicated families, staff and community partners. With an annual budget of $300 million, and 5,000 staff, AHRC NYC supports 15,000 individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities and their families. AHRC New York City is fully accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership and is highly committed to promoting excellence and innovation in all aspects of our work.

The Chief Legal Officer (CLO) reports to the CEO and works in close collaboration with the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) and Chief Program Officer (CPO), and is a key member of the AHRC Executive Team. The CLO represents AHRC NYC in all legal matters, provides legal guidance to the CEO and the AHRC Board of Directors and acts as a policy advisory on major projects. The CLO of AHRC NYC recommends, supervises and coordinates activities of outside legal counsel and has overall responsibility for compliance matters, in concert with the Chief Compliance Officer. The CLO protects AHRC NYC’s reputation, name, human and financial resources, programs and services. S/he proactively identifies and mitigates legal risk to protect AHRC NYC from undue legal exposure, liability and significant financial loss while facilitating achievement of strategic and operational objectives of Board and management.
This role will also provide legal assistance and guidance on governance processes of AHRC NYC and its affiliated organizations. In addition, the CLO must be highly intelligent, compassionate, diplomatic, humble, analytical, creative, of the highest integrity, and possesses sound judgment as well as a sense of humor.

The influence of this position is broad, as legal approval is required for most new initiatives coming from any department, including new partnerships, new programs and services, new communications that involve privacy or consumer marketing rules, fundraising, and governance.

As a member of the AHRC Executive Team, the CLO helps set strategic direction and oversees initiatives supporting AHRC’s strategic plan, individuals, families, members, suppliers, volunteers, and employees. The CLO also provides senior executive leadership with guidance and support on all legal matters.
Additionally, this position has budget responsibility (development and monitoring) for annual expenditures in his/her areas of responsibility.

Specific Responsibilities:

This position has the overall responsibility for supporting the activities of multiple organizational departments and affiliates in accordance with policies, goals, and objectives established by the CEO and the Board of Directors. Key responsibilities and duties of the position include:

Legal Guidance and Compliance

Provide legal guidance and support to the Board of Directors and operational staff of AHRC NYC and its affiliates on all legal matters, in collaboration with outside counsel, including but not limited to non-profit tax matters; intellectual property; governance; human resources; employee benefits; labor; insurance laws; real property; federal election and lobbying laws; consumer protection laws; media and internet laws; privacy; contractual matters; litigation; and state and federal regulations.

Determine the scope of involvement and assign/delegate legal action as appropriate. Determine if outside legal counsel is needed and if so, retain and oversee external law firms representing AHRC.

Support Ethics, Compliance and Enterprise Wide Risk Management in addition to Audit and other advisory functions.

Ensure compliance with regulatory filing requirements such as registering for lobbying activities, election activities, filing for charitable solicitations, business licenses, sales and use tax, etc. in all applicable jurisdictions.

Transactional Work
Draft, negotiate, and review various types of contracts for AHRC and its affiliates (e.g., highly complex vendor contracts and endorsed provider member benefit agreements, intellectual property licenses, sponsorships, consulting agreements, leases, etc.).
Provide (and oversee the provision of) legal services related to the corporate structure of AHRC NYC and its affiliates, including but not limited to the creation of new legal entities.
o Provide (and oversee the provision of) legal review and clearance of AHRC NYC materials, including but not limited to print and online publications, membership materials, press releases, other communications materials, etc.
o Handle (or oversee the handling of) trademark searches and registrations for proposed names/logos that may be used for programs, services or initiatives.
o Perform and manage other transactional matters as they arise.
o Oversee litigation and legislative matters in coordination with outside counsel.
o Manage any litigation in which AHRC NYC is involved, including but not limited to, employee litigation, government and contract disputes.
o Monitor use/misuse of intellectual property (including but not limited to the AHRC NYC name, logo and member data), and enforce compliance through litigation or otherwise where appropriate.
o Provide legal counsel on federal and state and local regulatory inquiries and legislative matters.
o Evaluate requests and represent AHRC NYC, the client, in deciding to participate in public policy litigation, and provide legal clearance for direct litigation and amicus curiae briefs.
o Represent AHRC NYC’s position on legal matters to the media and professional groups, as requested.
o Coordinate legal matters with key partners such as the Arc of New York, the Arc of the US, Partners Health Plan and CareDesign New York, as they may arise.

• Training
o Practice preventive law, by proactively educating and informing staff in order to mitigate risk to the organization.
o Support, communicate, reinforce, and defend the social welfare mission, value philosophy, and culture of the organization.
o Provide education and training to staff and board to insure awareness of legal issues and how to spot and/or avoid them. Subjects include ethics, privacy, political activity and procurement, among others.

• Management
o Provide strong leadership in promoting a high performing, team-based environment.
o Mentor, guide, and coach any direct reports and staff in order to expand their capabilities and build management depth in the organization. Ensure the right leaders with the right skills are available to develop and execute strategies.
o Facilitate communications with staff through meeting and planning sessions and implement enhanced effectiveness and operational efficiencies.
o Leverage staff knowledge, skills and talent across functional areas to ensure that staff and volunteer fulfill the mission and objectives of AHRC NYC.
o Demonstrate impeccable ethical and cultural attributes and behaviors in all interactions.

Candidate Qualifications:

Education & Bar Membership:

• Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school.
• Member in good standing of the New York State Bar.

Required Experience:

• At least 10 years of progressively responsible legal experience, preferably obtained in a law firm, as in-house counsel, and/or in government.
• Demonstrated expertise working with and around nonprofit institutions.
• Substantive experience managing relationships with and providing guidance to a diverse group of senior executives, including the CEO, as well as an ability to work across organizational lines.
• Experience effectively leading, managing, developing and mentoring an experienced legal team.

Desired Experience:

• Experience with complex nonprofit institutions.
• Strong experience with corporate and/or health law, including mergers and acquisitions and venture capital.
• Nonprofit tax experience.
• Experience in innovation and technology and with intellectual property issues.

Personal Attributes and Traits:

• A true passion for AHRC NYC’s mission.
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate and function as a contributing member on the senior executive team.
• Ability to gain deep respect and trust and build consensus across organizational lines.
• Proactive, engaged, and comfortable with risk.
• Independent and creative thinker with the courage to be a thought leader and to challenge when needed.
• Hands-on, customer service-oriented attorney.
• A “working” Chief Legal Officer with absolute integrity and ethical standards.
• Ability to handle challenging and politically sensitive situations with grace.
• Ability to keep abreast of current and changing trends, laws, and regulations affecting strategy and development of function area.
• Highly developed skills in communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, and leadership.
• Ability to be persuasive, coordinate and mediate groups and persons of divergent views and interests.
• Demonstrated experience building external partnerships and strategic alliances.
• Action and results oriented, decisive, adaptable quick study, with proven ability to accurately analyze information and act.
• Excellent negotiation skills.
• Excellent oral/written and presentation skills.
• Detail-oriented.
• Proficiency in preparation and presentation of analytical reports and documents regarding operational status, achievement, and performance.
• Proven experience leading, motivating, and inspiring others.
• Proven ability to manage effectively in a matrix environment, contribute to cross-functional efforts.

This is an outstanding opportunity to lead a large, nationally recognized and highly-effective nonprofit organization in partnership with the CEO and senior management team. AHRC NYC offers a highly competitive compensation package.

AHRC NYC is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AHRC does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

For more information about AHRC NYC, please visit their website at www.ahrcnyc.org.

122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605, New York, NY 10168