Stanley Consultants Inc. (SCI) is seeking a Chief Legal Officer (CLO). The CLO will report to the President and CEO and serves as senior legal counsel to the organization and is responsible for managing SCI’s legal affairs and overseeing the provision of legal services provided to the organization. The CLO provides timely and insightful advice and counsel to the leadership team, board of directors, and other members of SCI on a wide variety of legal, regulatory, compliance, and governance matters while supporting collaborative working across the organization and ensuring a cohesive approach that supports the achievement of business strategies and goals. The CLO leads the legal, contracts, and compliance efforts to support our mission and culture while minimizing risk to the organization. Additionally, the CLO serves as Corporate Secretary and board liaison by maintaining the organization’s corporate records and supporting the directors and committees. The Corporate Secretary is a senior, strategic corporate officer serving as counselor and advisor to the board and senior management.
Working with the leadership team - lead, develop, oversee and monitor operational risk management activities across SCI including methodologies, tools and training to ensure that project risks are appropriately identified, measured and managed.
Seek ways to optimize risk as a competitive business advantage, identifying and managing both opportunity and threat across the SCI portfolio by working closely with other Senior Management members to risk assess and de-risk/risk optimize existing and new technologies, products, services and procurement/delivery approaches.
Work closely with the senior leadership team to ensure consistent and cohesive risk-based approaches across the enterprise.
Educate the organization on compliance best-practices and serve as a resource for identifying and mitigating risk across the organization.
Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of pertinent international, federal and state laws, regulations, rulings, interpretations and court decisions as they affect the business of the Corporation.
Provide legal counsel and assistance to senior management and Board of Directors on a variety of subjects.
Participate in the creation, development and achievement of organizational strategy and policy as a member of the leadership team. Develop preventive legal strategies and organizational policy and compliance programs to help minimize litigation, third party disputes, and other potential program development and implementation challenges.
Represent SCI where necessary and/or retain counsel for such representation; determine when to retain outside counsel and whom to retain, and then responsible for maintaining relationship with such counsel.
Champions the importance of legal, regulatory, and ethical practices company-wide.
Updates and maintains legal registrations in all jurisdictions, including foreign.
Identifies risks and proposes alternative structures to mitigate risks involved in potential transactions.
Responsible to research, review, negotiate and secure appropriate insurance coverages to protect the interests of the corporation.
Work cooperatively and strategically with other members to analyze and advise on legal, business and tax implications, and coordinate a variety of transactional matters.
Responsible for monitoring and evolving compliance program and maintaining organizational compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
Lead and manage the Legal and Contracts team, including hiring, training, evaluating and developing professional, paraprofessional, and administrative members. Provide direction to and oversight to ensure consistent compliance with regulatory, contractual, and internal policies and standards.
Oversee the company’s contract administration and performance, joint ventures and other strategic partnerships
Represent SCI and where necessary work with industry partners as it concerns contracts, agreements, policies, laws, rules, and regulations and the efficient and effective management of related business matters.
Draft, modify, negotiate and/or review required legal documents, contracts and organizational policies, including conducting legal research and providing legal opinions.
Assists with the due diligence, management and negotiation of M&A activity.
Perform Corporate Secretary responsibilities and serve as custodian of corporate records; provide proper notice of board meetings and timely distribution of materials related to such meetings.
Serve as advisor to Committee Chairs to ensure good governance practices and compliance with charters and bylaws.
Responsible for keeping accurate and updated governance records, including board and committee membership and term limits, board and committee meeting minutes and resolutions, and financial reports.
Review and execute corporate documents on behalf of the organization and for the administration of legal and regulatory requirements.
Facilitate timely and accurate communications between the executive team and the board of directors.
Regularly attend executive meetings and Board of Director and committee meetings as necessary.
While SCI is not publicly traded, assumes ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the company conducts its business in compliance with applicable SEC et al. laws and regulations.
Other duties as assigned.
Education & Experience Requirements
Juris doctorate degree required.
Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in a corporate legal department or law firm is required. Candidate must demonstrate a work history with positions of increasing responsibility, such as associate general counsel or partner.
Minimum of five years’ experience in directing and coordinating the work of other attorneys and legal staff is required.
Prior experience as an attorney on the staff of, or handling as private practice, the legal work of an A/E firm is preferred.
Experience working on matters of corporate compliance, and experience working with a professional services company or contracting in the engineering and construction industry, is desirable.
Certifications & Licensure
Must have active bar license in good standing and, if such license is not in Iowa, the ability to obtain Iowa Authorized House Counsel certification.
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