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Vice President, Legal & Compliance 

New York, NY

Relocation expenses: Not paid

C-Suite/Vice President
Full time
Doctoral Degree

Published on 12 Apr 2022

Expires on 31 Aug 2022

Vice President, Legal & Compliance 

Position: Vice President, Legal & Compliance    

Reports to: SVP, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer


United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is a nonprofit mobilizing people and organizations to eradicate barriers and create opportunities that improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers. Part of the United Way Worldwide system, one of the world's most recognized charitable brands, we envision caring communities in which all individuals and families have access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives.  We strive to model our values in all our relationships, both internal and external: Collaboration, Compassion, Integrity, Accountability, and Superior Performance.


Position Description:

The Vice President, Legal and Compliance will report directly to the SVP, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer (CLAO) and will assist with the overall management of all the legal and operational affairs of the organization.   This position is engaged with Board governance and has frequent interactions with UWNYC’s executive team and external partners.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Advise CLAO, senior management and others within the organization on nonprofit corporate, compliance, intellectual property, governance, benefits, litigation, and employment law issues;
  • Support CLAO by assisting in handling various day-to-day legal matters and providing advice across the organization. This will include reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts and other documents, such as: sponsorship agreements, grant agreements, non-disclosure agreements, consulting agreements, and licenses and releases, and advise senior management on related issues;
  • Assist CLAO in ensuring organizational compliance with applicable laws and regulations, such as lobbying, regulatory and public policy matters, and laws relating to charitable solicitations in New York State and nationally;
  • Advise on risk management practice, liability, and insurance matters;
  • Prepare materials for Board and committee meetings. Partner with CLAO on management of Board and related committees;
  • Review and/or prepare for filing various financial reporting documents, such as the Form 990 and state registration forms, filings and reports due to United Way Worldwide, filings relating to lobbying compliance, filings relating to governmental pre-qualifications and filings due to watchdog agencies, such as the Better Business Bureau;
  • Develop and deliver trainings and workshops for staff;
  • Monitor and advise the CLAO and others on legislative developments related to nonprofit organizations, including human resources and benefits-related legislation; and
  • Assist on special projects with the CLAO, other members of the executive team, and across the organization.


Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • J.D. degree from an ABA accredited U.S. law school
  • Admitted to practice law in New York State
  • Seven or more years of experience practicing law in a law firm or public interest environment; preferably with a minimum of three years of in-house corporate experience
  • Applicant will ideally have a mix of corporate, nonprofit, and government experience.  Applicant shall also have demonstrated interest in public interest law
  • Significant experience in contract drafting and negotiation, as well as experience addressing legal issues related to one or more other relevant areas of focus, such as nonprofit governance, grantmaking, fundraising, risk management, advocacy, and government contracting
  • Excellent analytical, drafting, negotiation, research and oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to provide sound legal advice, develop creative solutions, and exercise sound business judgment
  • Track record of demonstrating professional judgment and discretion in being of service to multiple teams and senior managers in a diverse and multi-faceted organization
  • Exceptional initiative and proven ability to work efficiently and effectively in a collegial and fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility and willingness to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Ability and willingness to perform tasks with creativity and a sense of humor
  • A commitment to UWNYC’s mission and values


Key Competencies:

  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Effective & Engaging Communicator
  • Planning & Execution
  • Business Acumen & Strategic Direction

Additional Requirement:

  • Fully vaccinated for Covid-19

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter with salary requirements and resume to with the title “Vice President, Legal & Compliance” in the subject line. No phone calls or faxes are accepted.

United Way of New York City is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer