The individual who holds this position provides legal services for litigation and other legal matters for Safari Club International (SCI). The position performs legal research, drafting and editing of documents for litigation matters in which SCI is involved or in which SCI is becoming involved. In addition, the Litigation Counsel advises SCI’s membership about if and when to participate in litigation and which strategies to utilize. The Litigation Counsel reviews proposed and existing legislation, regulation, policy and resource planning documents to advise SCI on the implications of those items for SCI members, edits and critiques such documents and drafts comments to be submitted to federal and state agencies for consideration in adopting such actions. In addition, the Litigation Counsel provides legal advice, and other legal services related to wildlife conservation and hunting. This is full-time position.
Rec Min: $103,886.00
Rec Mid: $135,052.00
Rec Max: $166,218.00
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS – All areas of responsibility listed below are essential to the satisfactory performance of this position by any/all incumbents, with reasonable accommodation, if necessary. Any non-essential functions are assumed to be included in “other related duties as assigned”.
- Functions as an attorney in matters related to advocacy litigation in relation to SCI and therefore has the same rights and obligations that normally apply in an attorney-client relationship.
- Provides legal services for advocacy litigation and other legal matters related to the work of SCI, as directed by the Director of Legal Advocacy and International Affairs.
- Pursues litigation related to the mission and goals of SCI and the wildlife conservation missions of SCIF.
- Performs legal research, provides legal advice, and other services related to legal matters, when needed including the provision of legal advice to officers, committees and members of SCI in relation to issues of law related to wildlife conservation and hunting.
- Provides advice on internal matters related to the organization and operation of SCI, as needed.
- Recommends and advises on litigation opportunities for SCI and SCIF to promote their hunting advocacy and sustainable use conservation missions.
- Keeps records of the hours worked and expenses incurred on any litigation for SCI where necessary, and in any litigation, shall seek, wherever permissible, the payment of attorney’s fees and costs, which if recovered shall be paid over to SCI in accordance with policies set by SCI for the use of such funds.
- Functions as part of Hunter Advocacy team; assists in the development of positions, testimony and comments on laws, regulations and other governmental matters; negotiates on behalf of SCI with governmental officials.
- Participates in litigation outreach and educational activities.
- Performs other related duties as assigned including assuming responsibilities of Director of Legal Advocacy and International Affairs if/when necessary.
NOTE: The essential functions are intended to describe the general content of and requirements of this position and are not intended to be an exhaustive statement of duties, skills, and efforts. Position descriptions are not intended to form contractual relationships between the employee and the organization but are intended to be a reflection of the primary elements of a specific job.
Must demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, hunting as an essential part of biologically sound and ethically responsible international wildlife management.
SCOPE AND COMPLEXITY
The position works with minimal supervision and exercises independent judgment. The position provides counsel and advice to senior leaders and governing boards and committees on legal matters which are highly confidential and politically sensitive. The environment is fast paced and constantly changing. Incumbent is are called upon to be a resourceful problem solver, resolve conflicting priorities, always maintain professional decorum, and perform with extreme accuracy. The position routinely interacts with senior management, board and committee members, and VIPs, as well as other employees at all levels of the organization. The position also interacts with government agencies and legislators. Moderate travel is required.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ENVIRONMENT FACTORS
Essential functions are performed in a typical office environment and require operation commonly used office machines and equipment.
This position requires a law degree and admission to the bar in the District of Columbia and/or other state bar.
The Litigation Counsel must possess excellent analytical, problem solving, oral and written communication skills. He or she must also possess the ability to 1) read, analyze, and interpret general business documents, technical procedures, governmental regulations and planning documents and proposed legislation; conduct detailed and complicated legal and legislative research; draft and edit litigation and other legal documents, business correspondence and policy documents; effectively present information to members of the legal and non-legal communities and to respond to questions. He or she must also demonstrate attention to detail, organizational skills and exceptional customer service.
The Litigation Counsel must be proficient with spreadsheet, word processing, database, and graphic presentation software programs and have the ability to become proficient with proprietary software needed for the performance of the essential functions of the position.
An equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience that fulfills the requirements of the position will be considered.
Previous litigation experience is required, preferably in the area of wildlife and hunting-related law.