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Applications accepted for Episcopal Church Chief Legal Officer

February 8, 2017

The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the position of Chief Legal Officer, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

A new full-time position, the Chief Legal Officer is based at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City. The Chief Legal Officer will be responsible for assuring the reliable and timely provision of high quality legal advice and services to the Presiding Bishop, the President of the House of Deputies, the Executive Office of the General Convention, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, and Executive Council.

The Chief Legal Officer reports to, and is accountable to, the Presiding Bishop and will serve as a senior member of the Presiding Bishop’s leadership team.

Candidates must be a member of, or have the ability to become a member of, the New York bar within 18 months of hire.

Detailed information about the position, details for applying and process overview are available here.

To apply, provide résumé and a cover letter that includes at least three professional references by email to  Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until this position is filled. For more information, contact Dr. George Conway, President, IES Consulting, IES Consulting has been engaged as the search firm for this position.

According to Canon I.4.2(h): Upon joint nomination by the Chair (Presiding Bishop) and the Vice-Chair (President of the House of Deputies), the (Executive) Council shall appoint a Chief Legal Officer who shall function as general counsel and serve at the pleasure of, and report and be accountable to, the Chair.

Materials will be reviewed by a Chief Legal Officer Nominating Advisory Committee that is comprised of lawyers who are Episcopalians and chancellors of Episcopal Dioceses.

The Episcopal Church values diversity of culture and thought and seeks talented, qualified employees regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender identity and expression, or any other protected classification under Federal, State or Municipal law as well as the Canons of the Episcopal Church and resolutions of the Episcopal Church General Convention.  We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.


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Nancy Cox Davidge
Public Affairs Officer