National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • 20-Dec-2021 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Executive Management Team
  • Arlington, VA, USA
  • Full Time

What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Today, we are an alliance of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and a national office who work in communities across the United States to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need. NAMI advocates for all who are affected by mental illness, both the individuals and the people in their lives. In particular, we work to address disparities and injustices and to promote dignity and inclusion for all people with mental illness and their families. In addition to being advocates, we educate, we listen, and we lead as evidenced by our public awareness campaigns, the range of numerous programs we provide, and our strong public policy.

We currently have an opening for a Chief Legal Officer. The Chief Legal Officer (CLO) will provide in-house oversight of all aspects of the legal function of NAMI, as a strategic business partner. The CLO will oversee risk management and corporate compliance. They will provide legal advice and services to the CEO, Board of Directors, organizational departments, and member organizations on a wide variety of corporate matters.

The position is based in Arlington, VA, but will begin remotely due to the ongoing pandemic.

Salary range: $195,000 - $205,000


  • Participates as member of the Executive Leadership Team on strategic initiatives and business needs and provide legal and business counsel.
  • Advises the organization on the risks of possible business decisions and develops strategy with outside counsel in response to civil litigation and regulatory inquiries.
  • Creates and implements a strategic plan for the provision of legal services in accordance with and in support of business objectives, including budgeting and effective use of resources, hiring and management of outside counsel, management of legal staff.
  • Develops and implements Company Corporate Compliance program, and regularly reports to the Audit Committee with respect to any compliance-related matters.
  • Draft, review, revise, negotiate, and manage a variety of contractual agreements, including NDAs, Master Service Agreements, Offer and Termination Letters, and commercial documents.
  • Responsible for the drafting and negotiation of a wide variety of complex agreements, licenses, and other legal documents.
  • Provide legal advice and counsel on a variety of legal issues.
  • Advises on legal risks and liabilities associated with the organization's strategic priorities.
  • Handles global intellectual property and asset protection.
  • Provides corporate governance and Board of Directors support.
  • Handles protection of organizational IP.
  • Keep abreast of legal developments that could affect the operations of NAMI and member organizations.
  • Supports the NAMI Board of Directors.
  • Provide legal counsel on human resources and employee relations matters, including compliance with all applicable employment laws such as Title VII, FMLA, FLSA, ADA and other applicable federal and state laws.
  • Monitors legal developments relevant to tax exempt organizations and disseminate information to relevant staff
  • Coordinates with outside counsel on matters that require deep subject-specific expertise.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • J.D. from an accredited law school licensed to practice law.
  • Licensed in Virginia or eligible to be licensed in Virginia is preferred.
  • Fifteen or more year's legal experience. Experience with general corporate, trademark and non-profit law.
  • Knowledge of laws impacting nonprofit organizations
  • Experience relating to boards of directors and creation of accompanying materials
  • Ability to relate well to others on a one-to-one basis, and to develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders
  • Proficiency with grantmaking, program-related investments, mission-related investments, and other impact investments.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to present legal concerns to a non-legal audience
  • Ability to analyze legal issues, legislation and regulations and communicate legal concepts in lay language
  • Ability to develop and conduct seminars and workshops on legal issues
  • Ability to assume responsibility and recognize priorities
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize based on the impact on organizational goals.
  • Ability to effectively manage others and perform as a team player
  • Must pass background check.

NAMI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. NAMI prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, genetic information or any other legally protected group status. We also provide reasonable accommodation for candidates with disability.

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