Title: In-House Counsel
Status: Full-Time, Exempt
Reports To: President and CEO
The In-House Counsel will serve as an integral member of the management team of the Foundation in support of the University of Hawaii Foundation with the responsibility for corporate legal affairs and legal aspects of nonprofit corporation status and the Foundation’s fundraising and asset management mission. This position will act as counsel to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and all committees of the Board; act as the in-house legal adviser, drafting, revising and reviewing corporate and contract documents, providing legal advice and support on all matters affecting the Foundation operations.
Governance and Management
- Serves as the Assistant Secretary of the Foundation and UHF Support Inc.
- Interprets and clarifies Board governance documents and corporate resolutions.
- Participates fully and collaboratively as a member of the management team.
- Act as in-house legal advisor to governing boards of the Foundation and subsidiary entities, as assigned.
- Provides counsel and legal advice to management with respect to the legal implications of matters affecting the Foundation.
- Provides legal advice and support on personnel matters to include employee grievances and claims, as assigned.
- Review for administrative compliance gift agreements, wills and trusts for proposed or matured gifts.
- Drafts contracts, agreements, and templates that will assist the Foundation in being compliant with its policies and procedures.
- Counsel internal clients on a wide variety of legal, compliance, and risk-management matters.
- Collaborates with other departments to find solutions to compliance issues. Consults with Outside Counsel as needed to resolve difficult legal compliance issues.
- Conduct legal research on rules that apply to the Foundation’s programmatic work, operations and investments.
- Assists in the review of contracts, agreements, and licenses for the Foundation.
- Serve as a liaison to Foundation’s outside legal counsel.
- Serve as primary person in relation to insurance and risk related issues.
- Identifies potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk; develops, recommends, and implements solutions to problematic issues.
Policies and Procedures
- Develops and updates written policies and procedures to help make them user-friendly and ensure they are in compliance with relevant laws and best practices.
- Monitors and keeps up to date on best practices in regards to policies and procedures of institutionally related foundations.
- Disseminates policies and procedures and conducts effective compliance training and education to Foundation employees, university employees, and affiliated nonprofits.
The In-House Counsel will meet annually with his/her supervisor to put in place a plan for the year. At the end of each year, the In-House Counsel and his/her supervisor will review progress toward the annual goals.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- A law degree from an accredited university with extensive legal experience working as a part of senior management.
- Licensed to practice in the State of Hawaii.
- Experience in the areas of nonprofit, tax, real estate, estate planning and employment law preferred.
- Possession of superior knowledge of federal and state laws and legislation.
- Strategic thinker who can implement positive change.
- Superior, broad-based knowledge of or ability to research applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
- Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail and the ability to effectively plan and problem solve.
- Results-oriented with a keen understanding of the steps necessary to achieve goals on deadline and within budget.
- Strong initiative, a self-starter with tenacity, resilience and high energy.
- A strong work ethic with the ability to act both independently and as part of a team.
- A strong commitment to working in a collaborative environment.
- Personable and flexible with the ability to work under pressure.
- Time management skills, with the ability to prioritize, coordinate and manage multiple priorities.
- Ability to interact with a wide variety of constituencies, including senior level business and community leaders.
- Knowledge of or ability to learn technical details of complicated deferred gift instruments having IRS requirements and implications.
- Maintains strict confidentiality, and displays discretion and the ability to deal with sensitive issues in a professional manner.
- Excellent judgment, tact, and integrity.
- Exemplify and live the values of the UH Foundation (accountability, excellence, integrity, service, teamwork and trust)
Based at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa campus, the position might involve some travel, mostly by auto. Employee must have a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record. The employee will need to work some weekends and evenings and able to work to the demands of the position, which may exceed a 40 hour work week.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest that provides evidence of the qualifications, a resume, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Hawai‘i Foundation, Human Resources Department
P.O. Box 11270
Honolulu, HI 96828-0270
f: (808) 956-9786
Our application form is a fillable pdf, please download and save the application to your computer before filling it out.Application Form
The University of Hawaiʻi and the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation
The primary purpose of the University of Hawaiʻi's ten-campus system is to provide an environment in which faculty and students can discover, examine critically, preserve, and transmit the knowledge, wisdom, and values that will help ensure the survival of the present and future generations with improvement in the quality of life.
The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawaiʻi System. Our mission is to unite donors' passions with the University of Hawaiʻi's aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawaiʻi and our future generations.
The University of Hawai‘i Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.