Job Description

Company Summary: ChildNet, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit community-based care (CBC) agency servicing Broward and Palm Beach County. We are contracted with the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, to provide case management support to abused, abandoned, and neglected children. ChildNet is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and employs over 450 staff at its location in Ft Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida.

The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein.

Job Summary: The Chief Legal Officer serves as a business-oriented, chief legal advisor to ChildNet in providing legal advice and counsel. Responsible for management and coordination of ChildNet’s internal and external legal affairs and develops legal strategy to support mission, strategies, operations and legal/regulatory compliance. 

Responsibilities:

The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein.

  • ·Provide leadership to assist the organization with legal adherence and compliance to meet ChildNet’s Mission and organizational business goals.

  • Coordinate ChildNet’s internal and external legal affairs and ensures timely responsive delivery of legal services.

  • Communicate and manage legal and policy advice on ChildNet related matters to the Board, the President/CEO, leadership staff and the organization.
  • Appoint, supervise and manage the activities of outside legal counsel for ChildNet in the representation of legal matters and litigation involving ChildNet.

  • Manage, provide counsel and coordinate legal matters for ChildNet on legal and regulatory matters that include, but not limited to, Board Governance, contracts drafting and management, commercial litigation, risk and insurance management and employment law.

  •  Monitor changes in state and federal laws and rules that affect the ChildNet’s operations and draft and/or provide responsive legal strategies, policies/procedures and revisions as may be required.

  •  Work collaboratively with risk management, operations, Human Resources and other departments to design, implement and enforce programs for preventing and/or mitigating legal risks and supporting legal/regulatory compliance.

  • ·Serve as liaison with state, local and national agencies in building collaborative partnerships in furtherance of ChildNet’s Mission to include: the judiciary, the courts, law enforcement, Office of Attorney General-OAG, community organizations, the business community and other stakeholders.

  • ·Demonstrate ability and commitment to work effectively in a diverse organization and community.

  •  Manage ChildNet’s response to public inquiries and crisis management and maintain the appropriate level of confidentiality.

  • Represent and advocate effectively in furtherance of ChildNet’s Mission.

  • ·Oversee the effective utilization, alignment, performance and accountability of employees in areas of responsibility and support enterprise-wide employee workforce planning strategies and initiatives.

  • Serve as a strategic partner in the development and implementation of ChildNet’s strategic and operating plans.
  • Participate in planning, developing and implementation of annual operating and expenditure budgets and support operational effectiveness and financial stability and sustainability.

  • Recognize, respect and respond to the unique, culturally-defined needs of others served.

The items listed above are intended to provide an overview of the essential functions of the job. This is not an exhaustive list of all functions and responsibilities that the position may be required to provide.

Skills / Requirements

*Juris Doctorate

* Seven (7) years or more diverse legal experience, to include public and private sector organizations, demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with executives and Boards, and a commitment to inclusion and integrity.  

Competencies:

  • Strategic Focus: Understands how an organization must change considering internal and external trends and influences; keep the big, long-range picture in mind; builds a shared long-range vision with others.
  • Diagnostic Information Gathering: The ability to identify the information needed to clarify a situation, seek that information from appropriate sources, and use skillful questioning to draw out the information, when others are reluctant to disclose it.
  • Analytical Thinking: The ability to approach challenges by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.
  • Team Leadership: Communicates a vision and inspires motivation; engages with others in team process to solve problems; works to find a win/win resolution of differences; is aware of how management style impacts staff productivity and development; modifies leadership style to meet situational requirements.
  • Self Confidence: Faith in one's own ideas and capability to be successful; willingness to take an independent position in the face of opposition.
  • Customer Orientation: The ability to demonstrate concern for satisfying one’s external and/or internal customers.
  • Visionary Leadership: Keeps the organization’s mission and values at the forefront of employee decision making and actions; ensures alignment of organization’s strategic plan and agency practices with mission and core values. Ability to influence others of the benefits/importance of an idea or plan of action and to gain their support or commitment.
  • Guiding and Developing Staff: Focusing and guiding others in accomplishing work objectives; rewards and recognizes others, both formally and informally in ways that motivate them; sets high performance expectations for staff; sets clear performance expectations and objectives; holds other accountable for achieving results.
  • Stewardship: Responsible planning and management of resources allocation to achieve greatest level of efficiencies, leading to improved service quality for children and families.

Important Notes

ChildNet is committed to equal employment opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, sex, age, religion, color, disability, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information, marital status, veterans status or military service obligation, medical condition, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression and any other status protected by applicable law.  Including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and CFOP 60-10, Chapter 4. ChildNet is also a Drug-Free Workplace (DFWP).

This Position is funded through the CBCIH grant therefore, is a assignment extendable if the grant is approved.