The Heritage Foundation mission is “to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.” Within Heritage, the main objectives of the Office of the Executive Vice President are to provide leadership and guidance to Heritage management and staff on behalf of the President of Heritage. Consistent with the mission and objectives, the General Counsel provides legal advice and assistance to the Chairman of the Board, President, Executive Vice President, and the staff of Heritage.
- As a member of the senior management team, the General Counsel engages in Heritage’s overall planning activities to develop specific and measurable goals that advance Heritage’s vision and mission and which complement, augment, or support the goals of other departments.
- Interpret legal documents and furnish legal advice and assistance to Heritage and related organizations. Consult with outside legal counsel retained by Heritage to provide expert advice on complex legal matters, prepare legal documents, and inform decision makers and assist other Heritage stakeholders.
- Responsible for determining Heritage legal interests, developing relevant options, and recommending legal posture and practices. Ensure that practices conform to legal requirements.
- Responsible for coordinating the communications with the board of trustees and committees, including planning agendas and reviewing reports prepared by management.
- Partner with others across Heritage to achieve Heritage objectives.
- Communicate effectively with staff of Heritage and other organizations, the general public, news media, and, as appropriate, Federal, State, local and foreign officials.
- Establish priorities, lead by example, and use resources effectively to achieve Heritage objectives.
- Other duties as assigned by the President and Executive Vice President.
Job Type: FullTime
Juris Doctor degree. Admitted to practice of law in the District of Columbia.
Fifteen or more years of experience at senior levels providing legal advice and assistance to organizations, preferably non-profits. Preference given for experience with legal issues involving: non-profit tax status under sections 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code and related limitations on activities, interaction with legislative and executive officials at the federal and state levels (including impact of ethics rules), taxation, corporate governance, personnel, retirement, finance, contracting, real estate, intellectual property, publication, and litigation.
- Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America.
- Possesses substantial legal expertise, excellent client relations skills, and excellent ability to select, and manage relationships with and costs of, outside counsel.
- An understanding of and commitment to conservative principles is required.
- Exercises initiative, within mission and established policies, to achieve assigned objectives.
- Focuses sharply on finding lawful and practical means for achieving client objectives.
- Ability to effectively interact with the rest of the management team; a team builder.