Charitable Allies, Inc – Indianapolis, IN 46268

We’re a nonprofit law firm with a huge work ethic that not only invests strongly in our people and their professional growth, but that also still takes time out to have fun on occasion.

Organization Summary

Charitable Allies is a law firm for nonprofit organizations. We’re organized and operated as a “low bono” 501(c)(3) legal aid law firm for nonprofits, which basically means we’re a law firm for small businesses that happen to be nonprofits!

We regularly litigate on behalf of nonprofits. Cases often include: multi-party complex civil litigation with claims ranging from breach of contract, bankruptcy, insolvency, liquidation, financial mismanagement, IIBR, UPMIFA violations, misuse of charitable funds, defamation, ICVRA, estate/probate claims fraudulent inducement, fraud (various types), and administrative and regulatory investigations and appeals as needed.

We are launching our Donor Integrity Project (https://charitableallies.org/the-donor-integrity-project/) litigation nationwide! The Donor Integrity Project is a strategic initiative by Charitable Allies to protect and restore the integrity of donor intent where it is at greatest risk – in the hands of third-party charitable giving vehicle officials. The ultimate goal of the Donor Integrity Project is to educate, and where necessary hold accountable, those entrusted with carrying out the charitable wishes of donors.

We’re an organization with a huge work ethic that still likes to take a time out and have fun. We have been rapidly growing over the past several years.

About the Position

Currently seeking a mid-level-plus (5+ year) business litigation staff attorney that wants to work hard and sees the future full of personal career growth and success while representing nonprofits. Slackers need not apply! 😉

This is an exciting Staff Attorney II and Program Officer – Business/Financial Litigation opportunity, based in Indianapolis IN, that offers a variety of complex legal matters and projects and provides general business counseling and other transactional work across a wide range of nonprofit organizations. Compensation is commensurate with experience and anticipated workload and is very high for nonprofit law firms, but the position should provide a good work-life balance. Come help us save the turtles!

Responsibilities:

  • Providing strategic litigation support to nonprofit organizations.
  • Conducts litigation projects and legal matter management with the assistance and supervision of the managing attorney; consistently exercises sound independent judgment.
  • Identifies and drives development of legal strategies for the Company; manages client expectations to balance requirements and competing priorities; provides useful legal advice and alternative solutions.
  • Expected to work independently and cross-functionally to bring team members together to efficiently and effectively execute the company’s growth strategy.
  • Brings practical solutions and business acumen to all litigation initiatives.
  • Must have the ability to think strategically, assess the legal and business implications of litigation and provide thoughtful, timely, practical and nonprofit-savvy advice.
  • Requires strong organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple high-priority projects simultaneously and a willingness to be flexible in a fast-paced environment.
  • Acts as trusted advisor for nonprofit organizations; has strong grasp of tax-exempt environment and the industry; provides legal as well as practical advice within the appropriate business context; understands and manages client expectations.
  • Ensures efficient and timely communication with colleagues and team members.
  • Provide talking points for nonprofit boards and Officers in regards to litigation to engage stakeholders and keep them informed.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications

  • Legal experience minimum of 5+ years in the field of litigation, especially in complex business litigation, finance, bankruptcy/liquidation/insolvency and related fields.
  • Significant strategic litigation experience (i.e., using litigation as a tool for social/legal change) is a huge plus.
  • Specific interest in nonprofit or tax-exempt organizations is a major plus.
  • Strong interest and ability in civil litigation
  • Strong drafting and communication skills
  • Strong people management skills
  • Willingness and ability to handle a wide range of legal issues for various constituencies, with a strong focus on customer service
  • The ability to think critically and make clear and well-reasoned decisions
  • Strategic and innovative thinker who can bring value to his or her clients and find creative solutions to complex legal problems
  • Ability to see and handle more than the legal issues of a project; strong, pragmatic nonprofit acumen with the ability to recognize the nonprofit consequences of legal advice
  • Exemplary personal and professional integrity and business ethics, as well as respect for others
  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and clients across various disciplines and cultures

Education

  • Juris doctor degree from an accredited law school
  • License to practice law in highest court of any U.S. state

Compensation and Benefits

Pay is excellent for the sector! Base annual salary commensurate with experience (between $77,400 and $117,400) plus monthly and annual bonuses (totaling up to $23,600). Additional benefits include options such as our 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan with a 5% employer match, a QSE-HRA (2021 limits: $5,300/individual or $10,700/family), paid time off, paid opportunities for professional development and continuing education, and other personal and professional benefits.

Work Location

Charitable Allies is located next to the Pyramids on the northwest side of Indianapolis, at 9100 Purdue Road, Suite 115, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Plan to work from this office at least 2 days per week, with the opportunity to work remotely the other 3 days per week (to be adjusted as needed with COVID-19 precautions and restrictions). However, we are open to full-remote for the ideal candidate.

Supervisor(s)

Mark Pizur, Sr. Staff Attorney and Program Officer

Zac Kester, Managing Attorney and Executive Director

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, list of references and three writing samples, to include:

  1. a major pleading with memorandum or legal analysis (Motion and Memo to Dismiss, Motion and Memo for Summary Judgment, a Response to either, a significant appellate brief, etc.);
  2. a complaint;
  3. substantive discovery responses with objections or other detailed, in-depth discovery-related work

to Kristen Revall, Operations Manager and Program Officer, at krevall@charitableallies.org. We are hoping to have the position filled in early February 2021, notifying candidates that they have been selected for an interview by the 2nd or 3rd week of January.