Employment Opportunity - Safety and Compliance Counsel
posted on 01/11/2021

At USA Gymnastics, our mission is to build a community and culture of health, safety, and excellence, where athletes can thrive in sport and in life. As an athlete-centric organization, we are guided by our organizational values: Safety, Accountability, Integrity, Transparency, and Listening. Safety is our top priority, and it is a part of everyone’s role in the organization to prioritize the protection of members, particularly minor athletes, from harm.

Summary Description
The Safety and Compliance Counsel has the unique opportunity and responsibility to guide and improve our Safe Sport legal process, which is a critical part of creating a culture of safety and well-being within gymnastics. The successful candidate must have a deep commitment to that mission and unwavering integrity in its pursuit.

The role is responsible for providing legal counsel on all USA Gymnastics’ (USAG) Safe Sport policies and procedures, as well as Safe Sport matters and resolutions, including the grievance and investigative processes, the resolution and hearing panel process, membership requirements, sanctioning, and other legal counsel required by the organization. With a focus on creating a safe, healthy and positive sports participation environment for all, the Safety and Compliance Counsel will also ensure compliance with the law, applicable USAG rules and policies, US Center for SafeSport policies, US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Bylaws and Safe Sport provisions for National Governing Bodies. Safety and Compliance Counsel works with the entire Safe Sport team and Chief Legal Officer.

Reporting Structure
This position reports to the Chief of Athlete Wellness and works closely with the Chief Legal Officer and all personnel in the department.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Ensure that USA Gymnastics is executing the highest standards in child protection, providing safe environments for USA Gymnastics members, in accordance with the SafeSport Code for the US Olympic and Paralympic Movement, Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP), USOPC Bylaws, child protection laws, and USAG bylaws, policies and procedures.
  • Assist with compliance of USA Gymnastics’ Safe Sport Policy and Safe Sport membership requirements.
  • Identify and report child abuse as required under federal and state law.
  • Identify and report misconduct as required by the SafeSport Code for the US Olympic and Paralympic Movements, and relevant Olympic governance.
  • USA Gymnastics will maintain the highest standards for athlete safety. Applicants must be comfortable with and capable of working with law enforcement in a variety of settings and jurisdictions. Child abuse must be reported immediately, including nights and weekends, pursuant to Indiana law.
  • Oversight and participation in the USA Gymnastics hearing panel process. This requires reconciling federal and state case law with US Olympic and Paralympic Committee bylaws and US Center for SafeSport standards. Legal Counsel will be responsible for managing and presenting witnesses, relevant governance and precedent to the panel.
  • Maintain and preserve all evidence submitted during the Hearing Panel process for purposes of arbitration.
  • Provide excellent service to all stakeholders while maintaining strict confidentiality.
  • Act as liaison to US Center for SafeSport – ensure monitoring, enforcement and advocacy on behalf of USA Gymnastics on matters subject to the Center’s Jurisdiction.
  • Provide legal expertise throughout the entire grievance process, in accordance with the USA Gymnastics’ Safe Sport Policy and related procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, reporting, reviewing, responding, investigating, sanctioning, hearing proceedings and “red-light” proceedings.
  • Maintain and update documentation in member misconduct tracking system/database, including complete and accurate records on all cases.
  • Provide legal communication, when necessary, to all relevant parties on status of complaints, investigations, hearing procedures, appeals, and final resolution.
  • Facilitate external communication of USA Gymnastics, including the Permanently Ineligible for Membership list and the List of Suspended and Restricted Individuals.
  • Stay current and review all proposed and enacted legislation relevant to conduct within the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, with a particular emphasis on SafeSport and similar related codes of conduct.
  • As appropriate, serve as point of contact with the US Center for SafeSport and individuals represented by counsel in the Safe Sport process.
  • Work with USA Gymnastics leadership to draft and review USA Gymnastics’ Safe Sport related legal documents and other documents, as needed.
  • Job opportunities may expand to include legal liaison opportunities with other organizations including the USOPC, US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), or other entities engaged in business with USA Gymnastics.
  • Additional responsibilities could include working closely with the Chief Legal Officer in supporting additional legal affairs of the organization.
  • Highest level of integrity and honesty
  • JD from an ABA-accredited law school
  • A Member in good standing of the Indiana State Bar Association, licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana
  • Minimum five years of legal experience; preference will be given to individuals with litigation experience involving child advocacy, family law or similar trial experience
  • In-house legal experience with a nonprofit organization preferred but not required
  • Working knowledge of child protection laws and dynamics both at the state and federal level
  • Knowledge of relevant Olympic and federal laws – this includes the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, the Empowering Olympic, Paralympic and Amateur Athletes Act of 2020, Victims of Abuse Act, and the Protecting Young Victims and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, the SafeSport Code for the US Olympic and Paralympic Movement and Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP)
  • Ability to work independently, while being able to contribute successfully to multi-disciplinary teams
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to simultaneously manage multiple priorities, often under tight time constraints.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of contacts, including outside counsel, executive and senior management, staff and membership
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills for collaborative solutions
  • Meticulous attention to detail
Other Information
  • Must pass a background check and complete SafeSport training
  • Position is based in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Salary and benefits commensurate with experience
  • Weekend work as needed to carry out duties
  • Travel required less than 10% of the time
To apply, send cover letter referencing this position and a detailed resume to: recruiting@usagym.org

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

USA Gymnastics is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer