Company Name: Corus International
Title of Position: Vice President, Legal & Compliance (CP L&C)
Position Type: Full Time
Location: Baltimore, Maryland OR Washington, D.C.
The VP L&C plays a lead role in advising the organization on a wide range of legal, operational, and regulatory compliance issues. He/she ensures Corus and its subsidiaries meet all legal requirements governing those bodies (as nonprofit and for-profit corporations, employers, vendors, contractors, etc.), and that organizational leaders make decisions informed by legal context and appropriate risk analysis while moving our mission work forward with the urgency required. He/she also designs and monitors effective internal systems, and trains and supports staff to adhere to compliance measures. The VP L&C collaborates closely with cross-departmental teams on all issues that include legal and regulatory compliance. VP L&C is responsible for identifying legal risks and/or weaknesses, providing decision-makers with potential solutions, and takes the lead on developing organization-wide solutions and systems that address such concerns.
Description of Responsibilities:
- Serve as a thought leader in the development of overarching Corus vision statement, strategies, and goals to achieve the Corus mission.
- Work closely with the SrVP F&A to develop departmental strategies and work plans that will support the achievement of the overall strategy and goals of the organization.
- Develop and execute a strategic vision for Corus’ global Grants, Contract and Compliance (GCC) and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) functions aimed at facilitating management efforts to ensure vitality and growth, including building unrestricted cash reserves to a level that allows for strategic flexibility.
- Represent Legal and Compliance (L&C) perspective in cross-organization working groups and special initiatives, strategic working groups, and other cross-departmental planning committees.
- Responsible for overseeing the preparation of required GCC and/or ERM reports for Board and Committees.
- Provide key staff support to the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee (coordination, agenda development, etc.); make required presentations to the same.
- Serve as a key member of the Senior Management Team, contributing to broad strategy, policy, and program development at Corus.
Leadership & Supervision:
- Provide leadership to the compliance teams (GCC and ERM) and integrate their work with the other departments.
- Communicate and educate employees on Corus culture and lead by example, demonstrating a commitment to integrity, honesty, and adherence to the highest standards of ethical behavior.
- Maintain an effective, visible, and qualified team by selecting, evaluating, coaching, and managing the performance of qualified compliance professionals. Select and hire well-qualified, talented staff that reflects labor market diversity.
- Act as a key member of the Senior Leadership Team.
- Partner with internal stakeholders and leaders to develop and establish plans to carry out the strategic L&C vision, operational objectives, and policies and procedures for Corus and ensure execution of the strategic priorities.
- Provide leadership and guidance to Country Directors, COPs, and key HQ managers to support all aspects of the L&C policies and processes.
- Foster a culture of legal and compliance innovation and creativity to enable Corus to meet changing market conditions.
- Lead standardization and continuous process improvement efforts; use change management methodologies to win over staff and create excitement around change and improvement; use process improvement techniques and project management tools as appropriate.
- Build collaborative working relationships throughout Corus to drive success and lead fundamental changes.
- Monitor compliance operations to ensure the high quality of contracts and grants administration and compliance with legal and donor requirements across programs.
- Ensure that Corus’ global compliance policies, systems, and procedures support exceptional stewardship and integrity of the financial resources to which the organization is entrusted. Ensure that all resources are efficiently managed and position the organization for operational excellence in the execution of its mission and strategic framework.
- Closely monitor and analyze Corus’ compliance performance within the fiscal year and multi-year planning timeframes through AuditBoard. Lead the compliance team in providing in-depth analysis for organizational planning and decision support. Provide ongoing, clear, succinct analysis of Corus compliance performance and trends for the CEO, CFO, Senior Leadership Team, and Board of Directors.
- Lead L&C annual planning process, including the development of operational planning and departmental and individual deliverables, and monitor performance against goals. Provide leadership in the development of the organizational strategy and operational planning.
- Design, implement, manage, and monitor L&C workflow processes and procedures.
Legal & Regulatory Compliance
- Oversee the development and revision of systems to monitor compliance with relevant laws and donor regulations governing Corus and its nonprofit and for-profit subsidiaries.
- Draft, review, and advise on internal policies and procedures, regulations, and country office Board resolutions, bylaws, and other legal documents for in-country office legal registration
- Oversee the review and drafting of templates for consultant, vendor, and third-party agreements and contracts. Ensure contracts are favorable and protect the legal and other organizational interests of Corus and its subsidiaries, as appropriate. Ensure staff understands and complies with contractual obligations through the creation and provision of training programs.
- Support each department and program in understanding their legal and contractual obligations to ensure compliance with relevant regulations. Stay abreast of changes to the legal landscape on relevant subject areas, including tax law for exempt organizations, governance, employment law, and contracts. Respond to staff and other requests for advice.
- Negotiate contracts, sub-contracts, and modifications, advise senior management of risk involved, and take the lead in disputes concerning contractual issues consistent with the relevant organizational policies.
- Provide legal oversight of restricted (donor) programs. As needed, provide legal consultation/guidance to subsidiaries.
- Establish and/or enhance relevant operational policies and procedures, draft templates, and provide in-house training to staff on contractual, compliance, and risk management topics.
- Serve as the main point of contact between Corus and client contract/grants officials and review and approve contracts and grants documents consistent with the relevant organizational policies.
- Serve as point of contact with outside counsel. Consult with outside counsel on matters requiring areas of specialty.
- Provide oversight and management of general legal matters to support the organization including but not limited to review, drafting, negotiation, and finalization of contracts, licenses, consulting agreements, service agreements, strategic alliances, MOUs/MOAs, and compliance and contractual dispute matters.
- Responsible for ensuring donor pre-implementation concurrence and approvals are obtained in compliance with the applicable donor rules and regulations.
- Ensure maintenance of permanent files, including successful proposals, all award documents, all approvals, and correspondence with contracts and grants officers that affect funding or other agreement terms and conditions.
- Serve as point of contact for all legal issues in-country offices regarding litigation and report-out the current status(es) at the Audit and Risk Committee Meeting(s).
- Act as a resource for the interpretation of contractual terms and conditions and relevant USG and DFID (now FCDO) regulations, e.g.2CFR200, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and FAR supplement regulatory clauses/provisions, DFID (now FCDO), and other donors
- Provide support in drafting internal legal documents related to mergers and acquisitions (e.g., service agreements).
- Provide legal/compliance support during mergers and acquisitions of other organizations (for-profit and nonprofit).
- Oversee the development of a risk management toolkit for Corus executives and Audit and Risk Committee members.
- Identify and report deviations from sound business practices, company policies and procedures, and government laws and regulations.
- Ensure timely, complete, and accurate oral and written reports to management on the results of corporate, country, and project risk registers, along with sound and beneficial conclusions and recommendations.
- Act as a staff liaison to the Board Audit and Risk Committee.
- Present the results of risk management work to the SrVP F&A and Audit and Risk Committee in a clear and effective manner.
- Recommend changes to improve the effectiveness of ERM’s administration, programs, plans, and/or performance standards.
- In collaboration with the SrVP F&A and senior management, develop a comprehensive and flexible “agile auditing” implementation plan using an appropriate risk-based methodology, including a socialization plan with the Board and Audit and Risk Committee, and country staff.
- Oversee the risk management framework that supports the organization.
- Communicate and provide support and education on risk management practices and outcomes.
- In conjunction with all levels of leadership and process participants, identify areas of organizational risk and mitigation strategies.
- In collaboration with the executive team, organize the delivery of programs that increase compliance awareness, leadership, and investigation of non-compliance.
- Identify potential areas of compliance vulnerability, work with appropriate leaders to develop and implement corrective action plans for resolution, and provide guidance to prevent future issues.
- Develop, coordinate, and participate in educational and training programs that focus on the elements of a compliance program.
- Develop policies and programs that encourage managers and employees to report suspected code of conduct violations, conflict of interest violations, fraud, and other improprieties, including safeguarding incidents, without fear of retaliation.
- In conjunction with International Finance and HR, ensure that the list of excluded individuals and entities, and the General Services Administration’s list of partied debarred from Federal Programs have been checked with respect to all employees, independent contractors, vendors, and subs/partners in compliance with Corus’ Vetting Policy.
- Using existing systems, provide dashboards to executive management and the Audit and Risk Committee of new, ongoing, and mitigated risks to the corporation.
- Create and manage annual L&C fiscal budget and monitor monthly budget to variance analysis.
- Represent the organization to financial partners including auditors, vendors, donors, partners, public officials, and network organizations.
- When travel is required familiarity and compliance with Corus’s safety and security procedures and protocols.
- Engagement in ongoing professional development.
Other duties as assigned.
- Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) from an accredited law school, and admission to practice law in the U.S., preferably in Baltimore, MD or Washington, DC, or ability to secure such admission shortly.
- 15+ years’ experience in nonprofit organizations, with at least 10 years providing legal advice for international nonprofit organizations.
- At least 10 years of senior management experience required.
- At least 10 years’ experience implementing compliance requirements and managing grants and contracts for the USG, DFID (now FCDO), and Global Fund.
- Experience reporting to Boards of Directors.
- Experience providing strategic, business, and legal counsel to executive management.
- Experience in managing rapid growth in complex environments and developing innovative and creative ways to improve efficiencies, productivity, and effectiveness of an organization. Leadership experience as a change facilitator is preferred.
- Experience leading teams and working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural setting, preferably at the international level.
- Experience coordinating organizational risk management strategies.
- Demonstrated understanding of contractual agreement clauses and the ability to effectively work with outside legal counsel.
- Fluency in English is required as well as strong written, verbal and presentation skills, including the ability to effectively present complex concepts and/or information to non-legally trained professionals.
- Spanish or French fluency preferred.
- Demonstrated record of accomplishment of successfully leading international not-for-profit organization legal and compliance operations (managing staff and systems, budgeting, reporting, monitoring).
- Excellent legal research and writing skills and demonstrated command over a range of legal topics.
- Strong organizational and leadership skills to deliver results when faced with multiple, time-sensitive organizational priorities.
- Ability to influence others and move toward a common vision or goal.
- Demonstrated skills in root cause identification and problem-solving.
- Dynamic, creative, and outgoing personality with excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to define and defend priorities and influence the thinking of others.
- Travel up to 15% of the time (both domestic and international).
U.S. citizenship or a valid U.S. work permit is an absolute requirement.
Corus International is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). As such, Corus makes employment decisions and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant’s or employee’s race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state and local laws. If you need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify Corus’s Human Resources department.