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Casey Family Programs, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Founded in 1966, we work in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live. We value diversity and respect for individuals in the workplace.
Job Summary: Assists the Chief Program Counsel in providing legal guidance and oversight to foundation leaders, management and staff to achieve compliance with legal, tax, licensing, accreditation, child welfare, risk management, and best business practice requirements.
Provide general legal advice and support for all program and operational departments, including advising CFP leaders, management and staff regarding business and operational issues, child, youth and family matters, employment issues and risk management. Coordinate with peers in developing resolutions to issues.
Responsible for lead in General Risk Management and Compliance – including risk management, liability insurance, international travel insurance, workers compensation, workplace ergonomics, records management, and accreditation of the organization; advice on critical incidents with youth and families who are served by Casey; intellectual property; privacy
Manage and handle any claims and/or disputes, litigation, subpoenas, etc.
Oversee the organization’s Insurance portfolio, including annual renewals; reporting and claims monitoring; manage certificates of insurance and respond to other insurance-related issues.
Oversee and manage the foundation’s re-accreditation by the Council on Accreditations (COA) and ensure compliance with COA standards and requirements.
Assess legal risks and provide counsel with respect to the foundation’s direct services to youth and families, critical incident reports, specific youth and family issues, foster care licensing issues and other child welfare risk and compliance matters.
In collaboration with other foundation units, assist with emergency response planning and required (OSHA) safety compliance reporting.
Provide legal counsel on privacy and security issues; in collaboration with other foundation units, bolster foundation policies and practices to mitigate risks and comply with applicable privacy and security laws; act as foundation’s Privacy Officer.
Oversee the foundation’s records management program, including retention, destruction and data map; manage record requests and litigation holds.
Ensure compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws as well as internal policies and procedures, including but not limited to best governance practices, required registrations, as well as state and federal licensing and accreditation requirements and state participation agreements.
Review, evaluate and respond to legal claims and disputes, which may include employment and litigation matters, and manage outside counsel representing CFP on such claims.
Evaluate records requests, including subpoenas and other third-party requests, and provide counsel to Records custodian to oversee request responses and document production.
Supervise the legal department’s staff as assigned. Provides leadership opportunities for employees that enable growth and encourage leadership development with the position. Ensures that employees receive the appropriate training, feedback, performance evaluations, planning documents and compensation as provided under the Human Resource Systems.
Assist Chief Program Counsel with team management, work assignments and special projects.
Perform legislative, risk, and other legal analyses, resolves issues and reviews, revises, and develops policies and guidelines related to CFP programs as requested by the Chief Program Counsel.
Develop and provide training and educational programs on legal requirements to CFP leaders, management and staff.
Other duties as assigned.
Law Degree with a minimum of fifteen years, broad-based experience in the private, public, or non-profit sector is required. At least five years supervisory experience is required. Knowledge of and responsible experience with child welfare, employment, litigation, commercial, and real estate law is critical. A working knowledge of pertinent legislation related to children, youth, and families is expected. Knowledge about, competence in and familiarity with the infrastructures of child welfare systems, the legal and legislative aspects of child protection, long and short term foster care, adoption and guardianship, and legal requirements related to grants are highly desired.
The essential professional qualifications include: excellent organizational ability, analytical, strategic thinking, and significant business acumen; clear and concise oral and written communication skills; avid attention to detail, as well as the ability to identify and resolve issues proactively, creatively and expeditiously.
A balance of assertiveness and diplomacy is important, as well as leadership skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with a team of professionals, internal and external to CFP. Must be able to work well both independently and as part of a team, to manage multiple priorities efficiently, and to maintain self-control while under pressure or while in stressful circumstances. Proven effectiveness and ease in a multi-cultural environment is highly desired.
Ability to exercise extremely prudent judgment in crisis situations is essential;
We are seeking a visionary to bolster our existing programs, keep abreast of applicable laws and proactively provide training and advice, and prepare relevant and effective tools and trainings for foundation staff;
Knowledge of child welfare laws is preferred;
Knowledge of privacy and security laws is vital and an information privacy certification would be a plus.
This is a regular full-time position that may require travel up to 20% of the time.
Physical requirements include the ability to lift and reach for light objects; close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures; ability to type utilizing a computer keyboard; ability to travel to outside locations; and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time as a primary job function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Driving on Casey business may require use of personal vehicle; adherence to vehicle safety guidelines and qualification for insurance is required.
Casey Family Programs is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Our mission is to provide and improve — and ultimately prevent the need for — foster care.