The Salvation Army Long Beach, CA

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Requisition Number 17-0998 Post Date 5/11/2017 Title Legal City Long Beach State CA Description POSITION DESCRIPTION THE SALVATION ARMY USA WESTERN TERRITORIAL HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT: LEGAL POSITION TITLE: STAFF COUNSEL STATUS: EXEMPT MISSION STATEMENT: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by love for God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in his name without discrimination. EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE: 1. ABA accredited U.S. law school graduate with a Juris Doctor degree required. 2. Professional license: Active state bar license in California, or active state bar license in another state, but must be qualified to register and maintain status as corporate in-house counsel with the California State Bar in lieu of taking the California bar. 3. A professional disciplinary record or required background check with adverse information may disqualify applicant. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED: 1. Legal understanding in the following areas of the law: trust and estates, nonprofit, corporate, contracts, insurance, real property; and willingness to learn and work within the framework of ecclesiastical rules, policies and procedures. 2. Excellent analytical, negotiating, multi-tasking, organizational skills, and ability to create a positive work environment with people, including outside counsel, in the context of a transactional practice; willingness to help supervise and work with law student interns. 3. Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to initiate routine and complex legal correspondence, giving adequate attention to detail and having a fundamental understanding of, and ability to properly use, technical legal terminology and concepts; highly proficient in the use of proper grammar, accurate spelling, and typing skills; ability to communicate simply, clearly, and concisely to the members of the organization seeking advice. 4. A diplomatic, department team player, committed to the Army’s mission, able to inspire confidence in the field to help solve legal problems with efficiency and effectiveness, to compassionately relate to people without discrimination, to skillfully and effectively supervise others, and ability to learn such skills from mentors in a training environment. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. General Legal Advice and Litigation Support. Directly advise Command staff regarding issues pertaining to the threat or inception of litigation. Refer matters that may require outside counsel to General Counsel or Deputy General Counsel for review and direction. This responsibility includes giving advice in the following areas of law, and being sensitive to the litigation potential of an issue arising in the following areas of law: a. Employment practices, including discrimination, wage and hour, misconduct, and garnishment; b. Discrimination claims resulting out of the provision of housing and social services; c. Commercial and residential leases, landlord-tenant disputes, purchase and sale transactions; and d. Property loss, property damage, and construction disputes. e. Contract disputes, including those arising under public and private funding agreements. f. Corporate law compliance, including compliance with license, permit, and tax regulations. 2. Contract Review and Negotiation. Directly advise Command staff regarding issues surrounding the negotiation, execution, and termination of contracts, including compliance with the contract while it is then in effect. a. Social services contracts, including collaborations with other organizations, funding agreements, and general business agreements. b. Contracts relating to real property, including purchase and sale agreements, commercial and residential leases, property services, such as landscaping and elevators, and construction contracts. 3. Trust and Estate Counsel. Review and advise on trust and estate documents and probate administration as requested by General Counsel or Deputy General Counsel. Make appearances on behalf of The Salvation Army in California courts as assigned by General Counsel or Deputy General Counsel. 4. Unauthorized Practice of Law. Staff Counsel will support a policy of non-tolerance of the unauthorized practice of law and report suspected violations to General Counsel or Deputy General Counsel. WORK HABITS: 1. Must adhere to all Salvation Army Policies and Procedures also referred to as “Minutes.” 2. Must maintain courteous and cooperative manner with all Territorial Headquarters staff, field staff, and outside contacts and demonstrate respect and a positive attitude towards each at all times. 3. Must be a team player and take the initiative, being open to assist others when approved, to the best of his/her ability to ensure accurate work product. 4. Must be organized in work area, files, etc. contributing to the efficiency and accuracy of work within the assigned workday and avoiding unnecessary overtime. 5. Must be able to comprehend assignments or to clearly and concisely ask for clarification until the assignment is understood. 6. Must exhibit dependability by arriving and leaving work on time; by taking the allotted time for lunch and breaks; by limiting personal telephone calls and socializing to break periods. 7. Must engage in conduct that enables administration to achieve its goal of providing a professional work environment and that is not disruptive to that environment. 8. Must be willing to put forth best efforts at all times during the assigned workday. 9. Must maintain confidentiality of all legal matters. REPORTS TO: Senior Staff Counsel or other member of the department as determined by General Counsel. + Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities. + Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here. + The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c) Apply On-line