Director of Legal Services and General Counsel (Legal Services)
Louisville, KY, United States of America


With national offices in Louisville, Kentucky, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) focuses on the national and international mission work of the church. It serves and works with congregations, presbyteries, and synods as the central provider of resources that enable individuals, congregations, and governing bodies to carry forth the mission of Jesus Christ in the world. The work at the Presbyterian Center is carried out by approximately 400 staff members in several national entities: Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Investment and Loan, Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, and Presbyterian Women.

Position Purpose:
Lead and manage the legal services for: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), its entities and Board; A Corporation, the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) and the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB), the Office of the General Assembly (OGA) and the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA); the General Assembly; and any entities of or related to the General Assembly for which A Corporation provides administrative services, currently those are the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Investment and Loan Program, Inc. and Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Inc.

Job Skills / Requirements

1. Provide legal advice and counsel, directly and through supervision of legal staff and outside counsel on a wide range of topics, in a manner that supports the culture and mission of clients.
2. Provide strategic consultation to clients to encourage creative and lawful approaches for their work groups.
3. Provide highly competent legal defense management against claims by others.
4. Provide legal support to the General Assembly.
5. Provide legal support to boards named above and their committees, task forces, and work groups.
6. Select, supervise, and develop a highly-skilled legal team comprised of in-house attorneys, paralegals and support staff, as well as outside attorneys.
7. Conduct, directly or through staff, in-house investigations.
8. Design and maintain the Ethics Policy compliance program and receive and process reports and questions.
9. Oversee budget management for the Legal Services Office.
10. Analyze and advise on General Assembly structure matters, including Presbyterian Mission Agency Manual of Operations, General Assembly Standing Rules, Deliverances, corporate documents and issues with other PCUSA entities.
11. Provide all of the above in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Essential Position Requirements
- Juris Doctorate (J.D.)
- Admitted or eligible to be admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky
- Significant experience as a General Counsel or Senior Attorney, preferably in the non-profit sector.
- Significant experience with general corporate law, preferably in the non-profit sector.
- Experience with the law in one or more of the areas of employment, property, contracts, tax, litigation, and insurance.
- Be a person of faith who relates well to people from all walks of life and of varying theological perspectives.
- Have a proven ability to provide legal services in a proactive manner to enable and support the mission
- Legal expertise in relevant areas of law
- Ability to quickly learn and understand the structure of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
- Possess well-grounded management skills, with proven experience in successfully running internal operations and developing a culture of accountability.
- Knowledge of employer-employee law and tax laws, especially as they relate to non-profit organizations
- Candidates from Presbyterian communities in the global south and other historic Presbyterian Communities of Color, preferably with theological training and fluency in languages other than English, are encouraged to apply.

Required Competencies
- Possess exceptional judgment and unquestioned integrity
- Have a proven ability to build trust and confidence and to serve as a trusted advisor
- Demonstrate inclusiveness which values diverse groups, ethnicities, genders, communities, cultural constituencies and points of view
- Effective oral and written communication skills and listening skills
- Sound project management and organization skills
- Possess strategic agility and tolerance for reasonable levels of risk, ambiguity, and uncertainty

Physical Requirements
- Ability to tolerate high levels of stress
- Ability to prepare written documents
- Ability to understand and process written and verbal information
- Ability to work in an office setting
- Ability to travel nationally and possibly internationally
- Ability to work evening/weekend hours on occasion
- Ability to see, hear, speak, type, write and move from one location to another while performing tasks.
- Proficiency in the use of various programs, applications, and hardware to respond and produce deliverables quickly.
- Knowledgeable of larger church structure and Book of Order.

Additional Information / Benefits

We believe a balanced life, with time for work, leisure, and spiritual nurture, makes us healthier and more productive colleagues at the Presbyterian Center.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offers a competitive benefits package including:

Medical, Dental, Pension Plan, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending accounts, 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan

Vacation Days, Sick Days, Paid Holidays

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Candidates from Presbyterian communities in the global south and other historic Presbyterian Communities of Color, preferably with theological training and fluency in languages other than English, are encouraged to apply.

Individuals living with disability encouraged to apply.

This job reports to the President

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1