Assistant General Counsel for Latin America & Caribbean

Compassion International - United States4.3

Full-timeEstimated: $120,000 - $160,000 a year
The Assistant General Counsel directly influences the long-term success of Compassion International by serving as an advisor to the General Counsel and key executive leaders, providing proactive and specialized counsel and expertise on matters including commercial and transactional legal matters, developments in the law of various countries, managing outside counsel and providing international leadership with proactive legal and non-legal advice in their individual contexts. This position may reside and provide expert legal service in any of Compassion's defined regions of the world. The responsibilities includes selection and management of contract service, cross-functional partnerships, assigning, checking, and approving work to achieve global strategies and objectives. The incumbent collaborates with senior leaders and contributes to the development of functional strategy and makes decisions based on operational strategy and priorities.

Essential Job Functions

Acts as an advocate for children – raising the awareness of the needs, neglect, nurture, and potential of children in poverty and challenging and enabling those within one’s influence to greater involvement and effectiveness on behalf of children.
Provides leadership, planning and consultation to executives, and peer management in the successful alignment of assigned department resources to ensure achievement of operational priorities and initiatives, integrating priorities within organizational strategies to ensure that the department's purpose is fulfilled.
Manage, draft, and negotiate a broad array of commercial contracts, which may include events-based marketing agreements, vendor and service agreements, licensing, technology procurement, non-disclosure agreements, engagement letters, SOWs, and amendments.
Renders legal analysis and guidance on Compassion’s policy and organizational activities, including compliance with the laws of countries where Compassion operates. This includes employment law, collective bargaining (in certain countries), child protection, benefits and state-sponsored severance schemes, tax-exempt status, religious entity status, and best practices for charitable entities.
Serves as a resource or consultant (from a legal compliance perspective) to management, rendering (legal) analysis and guidance in the areas of employee relations, separations, benefits, minimum wages, as well as providing guidance on volunteer issues at the frontline church partner level.
Leverages solid understanding of the registration requirements in each field country and provides strategic guidance concerning tax implications and advantages of various types of registrations.
Directs outside counsel to manage Compassion’s international litigation risk and active litigation matters, including evaluating employee claims, improving field office legal position, frontline church partner practices, and managing outside litigation cases.
Serves as a resource for internal functions and external auditors regarding Compassion’s litigation experience, future trends, status of incorporation, domestic and global risk issues, ethics reporting, child protection investigations, and local law enforcement interaction.


Accountable for supporting, upholding, and engaging in Compassion's core "Cultural Behaviors" in all internal and external communication and relationships.

Juris Doctorate Degree (Law)
Bachelor's Degree Legal Studies, Business, Risk Management or related discipline
Work Experience

Seven years of experience working in this or similar position or field.
Licenses and Certifications

Currently licensed to practice law in at least one country (or eligible to become licensed within 12 months of hire through examination or reciprocity).
*** Equivalent education, training and/or certification may be substituted for experience and education shown above ***

Other Qualifications:
Native fluency in Spanish (required)
Intermediate to advanced English language skills (required)
Ability to read Portuguese and/or French a plus
Preference candidates with experience in NGO and/or religious institutions
Working Environment: Office – Standard Office Environment

Physical Demands: Sitting, standing, and/or walking for up to 8 hours per day

Travel Requirements: May be required to travel up to 25% of normal schedule