IES Consulting Leading Chief Legal Officer Search for Episcopal Church

February 10, 2017 – Executive search firm IES Consulting has been retained by The Episcopal Church (TEC) in New York City to lead its search for a chief legal officer. Dr. George Conway, IES Consulting president, is leading the assignment. The position will function as the organization’s general counsel and report to its chair.

The church’s 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 (DFMS) and its executive council.

The primary objective of the leader occupying this position is to protect the integrity of TEC and responsibly manage its legal risks. The chief legal officer will be ultimately responsible for the supervision of all legal matters in which TEC shall be a party, and for keeping clients informed about any legal matters that come before it.

Key Attributes

The Episcopal Church seeks a lawyer of high integrity as shown by consistent exemplary conduct in law practice, including unquestioned candor towards tribunals and the fair treatment of opponents, clients, other parties in transactions and litigation, as well as towards colleagues and staff.

The incoming executive must be a member of or have the ability to become a member of the New York bar within 18 months of hire. Experience in representing non-profit organizations and 10 years of working within a legal practice are also highly desirable.

The Episcopal Church values diversity of culture and thought and seeks talented, qualified candidates for the position regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender identity and expression.


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The Episcopal Church is active in 109 dioceses and three geographic regions across 17 nations. It is a member province of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

IES Consulting offers recruiting services to schools and non-profits. All searches and leadership advisory services are led by Dr. Conway. He is a former principal at Heidrick and Struggles where he headed the firm’s schools practice. His consulting experience includes executive searches, leadership assessments, executive contract review, executive coaching, and institutional planning. He frequently consults with mission-driven organizations on executive effectiveness and good governance. IES Consulting is a strategic partner of Diversified Search.

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Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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