YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

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Chief Legal Counsel

Chief Legal Counsel

Job ID 
Metro Office
Posted Date 
1030 W Van Buren
# Positions 
Hours per Week 
Variable Schedule 
Office hours.

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Responsibilities & Requirements

The Chief Legal Counsel is a key partner and advisor to organizational leadership and serves as a member of the Core Leadership team responsible for the Association's vision, strategy and operating plans. This role acts to ensure that the Association's business strategies, policies and programs consider and are developed with full recognition of legal implications and risks while supporting our mission.  The Chief Legal Counsel leads and manages the Legal Department while providing legal services as a practicing legal counsel, and manages external relationships and legal matters with outside legal counsel.  This role ensures that we conduct the legal affairs of the Association in an effective and efficient manner including ensuring record creation and retention practices comply with all applicable laws and regulations.


This includes: 


  • Serving as an advisor and assisting on corporate strategy including defining and developing policies, procedures and practices. 
  • Advises leadership on all legal matters pertaining to the Association including contracts, obligations, litigation and compliance.
  • Oversight of all contracts and agreements entered into by the Association including contract management. 
  • Managing budgets and accurately forecasting potential legal risks which may impact our financial statements.
  • Serves as Assistant Board Secretary to our Board of Managers and advises our Board on legal matters including drafting board resolutions, approving minutes and maintaining appropriate records.
  • Works on special projects including mergers, acquisitions, real estate transactions and other projects.


Minimum and Preferred Requirements


The ideal candidate is a seasoned legal counsel with a J.D. from an accredited law school, an active Illinois bar license and a minimum of 15 years professional experience. Experience as an in-house counsel is strongly preferred. Additional experience in risk management, real estate transactions and labor & employment are highly preferred.  Candidates should demonstrate a passion and commitment to the YMCA's mission and vision and the ability to serve as a trusted advisor. This includes the ability to interpret laws and regulations and offer creative solutions and best practices based on an ever-changing legal landscape. 



Be Part of Our Mission  


The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. Our network of 21 membership centers, five camps, early learning, school-aged and other programs at 100+ sites in the city and suburbs provides everyone with a safe place to learn, play and grow. In this role, you'll be an integral part of ensuring the YMCA continues to be a leader in making our city a world-class place to live and raise a family. So you're not just impacting a bottom line, you're impacting people and communities all over Chicagoland.