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  • LA Family Housing
  • North Hollywood, CA
About LA Family Housing

LA Family Housing (LAFH) is a leader in homeless services and affordable housing development in Los Angeles and is committed to ending homelessness in people’s lives. We are invested in innovative solutions to ensure our participation and long-term stability, and believe that everyone deserves the dignity of a home. Each year LA Family Housing employs evidence-based best practices to help nearly 11,000 people transition out of homelessness and poverty. Additionally, our community-based approach has allowed the organization to influence how homelessness is addressed in Los Angeles and nationwide.

Over the past four years, LA Family Housing has grown exponentially – serving 71% more people on their path home. Our success is based on a model of an individualized approach that combines housing options with support services to meet each program participant’s unique needs. This model connects participants to permanent housing and helps them achieve long-term housing stability through a full continuum of services. The growing portfolio of 26+ properties extends access for vulnerable groups to permanent homes and our services help them overcome barriers to overall well-being. LAFH takes tremendous pride in the emergence of our staff as national leaders in innovation, best practices, and policy within housing production and homeless services. From presenting at national conferences to facilitating service collaboration among providers in other regions, we equip our industry to effectively respond to homelessness and ultimately, move more people home, together.

LA Family Housing’s origins date to 1983 when a group of leaders in the San Fernando Valley raised funds to purchase a 40-unit motel where families could benefit from a safe warm place to stay for 30 days while they regained their footing. Soon, these leaders recognized that multiple strategies to end homelessness were necessary to help more families. They began working with a South L.A.-based developer who was building small, permanently affordable apartment buildings in Southeast L.A. In 1988 the two groups merged. Their combined experience in temporary and permanent housing created a continuum of housing for families experiencing homelessness, and this partnership became what is now LA Family Housing.

The 2020 Los Angeles Homeless Count reports that there are a staggering 66,436 people experiencing homelessness in L.A. County on a given night. This represents a 12.7% rise from the prior year’s point-in-time count. The City of Los Angeles saw a 16.1% rise to 41,290. The report captures a picture of homelessness in Los Angeles County as it was in January 2020, the time of this year’s Homeless Count, and before the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic could be felt, measured, or responded to through efforts such as Project Roomkey, rent freezes, and eviction moratoriums.

In the region primarily served by LAFH, encompassing the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys, Glendale and Burbank, there are more than 7,700 people experiencing homelessness on a given night, including families with children, young adults, veterans, and thousands of individual adults. A historically low housing vacancy rate, continually rising rental costs far exceeding stagnant wages, and a lack of affordable housing development have all contributed to our region’s current homelessness crisis. While this crisis may appear intractable, LAFH has demonstrated by the long-term success achieved by thousands of their program participants that it is possible to effectively end homelessness. LAFH’s solution: comprehensive and individualized housing interventions enriched with supportive services.

For more information about LA Family Housing, please visit the LA Family Housing website.

The Opportunity

LA Family Housing is seeking a proactive, strategic, and collaborative General Counsel (GC) to advise the organization on a wide range of legal, operational, contractual, and compliance issues. During this moment of unprecedented need and widening inequity, the General Counsel will have the unique opportunity to serve the greater Los Angeles community and help realize the mission of LA Family Housing. The GC will join the senior leadership team of LA Family Housing, known as an innovative provider of solutions and services to ameliorate the current homelessness crisis while also addressing the root causes of homelessness.

The General Counsel reports directly to the President and CEO and provides expert and strategic legal advice on a wide range of legal, operational, and compliance issues. The GC is responsible for managing the legal affairs of LA Family Housing, including litigation management, drafting and reviewing agreements that minimize risk and maximize legal rights, risk management, and liaison with the Human Resources Department. The GC provides senior management with effective advice on organizational strategies and their implementation, manages the legal function, and obtains and oversees the work of outside counsel. The GC is also responsible for overseeing the organization’s insurance portfolio and acting as the liaison with the organization’s insurance brokers.

Candidate Profile

Candidates must have a Juris Doctorate (J.D). degree from an accredited law school with a current and maintained license to practice law in the State of California. LA Family Housing is also seeking a minimum of five years in managing the legal affairs of a substantial organization; 10+ years of experience highly desired.

The strongest candidates will have experience in fiscal management and strategic planning and possess overall broad legal knowledge and/or familiarity (corporate law, litigation, labor/employment law, etc.). Additionally, candidates should possess the following expertise, knowledge, and skills:

Strategic Counsel and Leadership

  • Strong leadership and persuasion skills; demonstrates visionary leadership, imagination, creativity, insight and boldness
  • Crafts and reviews legal strategy in response to any litigation coupled with the ability to make well-reasoned and strategic decisions
  • Judges the merits of court and administrative cases filed against or on behalf of the organization, work with the appropriate executive(s) to define a strategic defense, and approve settlements of disputes where warranted
  • Advises senior management with respect to the legal implications of all major decisions, strategies and transactions of the organization
  • Implements and ensures achievement of designated aspects of the organization’s strategic plan, annual operating plan, and functional budget

Contract Review and Business Operations

  • Reviews material contracts and agreements between the organization and its partners or employees or any third party
  • Experience in and knowledge of Contract Administration, Operations Management, Internet Technology, and Human Resources
  • Strong understanding of financials, including financial statements and budget development
  • Serves as legal advisor on major business transactions as requested
  • Maintains knowledge of organization’s operations and legal documents
  • Acts as signatory on Agency checking account and Agency contracts
  • Ensures that the organization’s vision, mission, and values are fulfilled and actualized in its operations and services

Employment Law and Labor Relations

  • Liaisons with the human resources department and its implementation of policies and practices to ensure compliance with existing state and federal law
  • Work closely with the Director of Human Resources and other leaders to ensure employment practices are in line with the organization’s desired culture, with a particular emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Assists with employee and legal issues as required
  • Works with Director of Human Resources and outside counsel when appropriate to advise the organization on its legal responsibility as an employer
  • Provides guidance on employment-related personnel matters including grievance procedures, terminations, etc.)

Risk Management and Compliance

  • Performs pre-litigation work to minimize risks and maximize legal rights
  • Serves on the Safety Committee and takes responsibility for creating and implementing the organization’s Injury & Illness Prevention Program; Serves as staff liaison for the Risk Management Committee of the Board of Directors
  • Liaisons with the organization’s insurance broker to ensure that the organization has appropriate insurance coverage; administers and oversees the organization’s insurance portfolio and oversees insurance claims against the organization
  • Provides day-to-day advice and counsel to management with respect to matters of organizational policy and risk management
  • Works closely with the members of the Senior Leadership Team to ensure operations are compliant with the legal obligations of the organization and staff are meeting expectations of the programs
  • Stays up to date on current federal, state, city, and county laws and regulations that may affect the organization’s interests and risk exposure
  • Maintain confidential information according to professional and HIPAA standards

Internal/External Communications and Relationship-Development  

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to calmly present information to a wide range of leadership and staff
  • Ability to adapt to a variety of personalities in order to manage up, down and laterally (both externally and internally); skills in diplomacy
  • Retains and liaisons with outside counsel who possess special expertise, and supervises and assists outside counsel in litigation
  • Proven general counseling experience in a business environment including interface with Board of Directors, Executive Staff, and Department Heads
  • Ability to engender trust and develop and sustain credibility
  • Commitment to the organization’s core values and objectives coupled with the ability to manage details as well as step back and look at the big picture
  • Respond to staff and other request for counsel and advice
Compensation & Benefits

Compensation for this opportunity will begin at approximately $160,000. Additional benefits information to be shared further along in the process.

Contact

Michelle Bonoan and Navid Nakai of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email Michelle and Navid directly at via email. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

LA Family Housing is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants.

Fair Change Initiative: LA Family Housing is in compliance with the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring and will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

At Koya, we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve.

Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.

Koya does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

For more information about Koya Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.

 

 

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