The Orthodox Church in America has initiated a search for a new General Counsel.
A detailed Candidate Profile is available in PDF format.
“The recruitment of the General Counsel is being conducted on a national basis,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary. “The recruitment process is highly confidential, and references will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. All applications and candidates initially will be screened and evaluated by the OCA’s Selection Committee, with whom initial interviews will be scheduled. Final candidate interviews will be conducted with the Holy Synod of Bishops.”
The General Counsel of the Orthodox Church in America [GC/OCA] shall be an attorney licensed to practice law in one or more states of the United States or holding an analogous license in Canada or the United Mexican States. If not licensed to practice law in the State of New York, the GC/OCA shall seek and secure registration as in-house counsel pursuant to the provisions of the Rules for the Registration of In-House Counsel [Part 522, Rules §522.1 through §522.8 inclusive of the Rules of the Court of Appeals of the State of New York, 22 NYCRR Part 522, as now existing or as may hereafter be amended]. In addition, the GC/OCA shall have a knowledge of and be conversant in the theological, moral, dogmatic and ecclesiological principles and tenets of the Orthodox Christian faith generally and the Orthodox Church in America specifically. In addition, the GC/OCA shall be a person of integrity with a manner of life consistent with the moral principles of the Orthodox Church in America.
The GC/OCA shall serve as the principal and primary source of legal advice and counsel to the Orthodox Church in America, a religious corporation created under and by virtue of the Laws of the State of New York, Chapter 519 of the Laws of New York of 1972, effective May 24, 1972. In that capacity, the GC/OCA shall be reasonably available for such legal advice and counsel to the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, and the Officers of the Church, including its Chancellor, its Secretary and its Treasurer as may be necessary from time to time. The GC/OCA shall also support the work of diocesan and parish attorneys and other national, regional and local entities of the Orthodox Church in America by providing uniform assistance on constitutional, tax, litigation and other matters as assigned by the Primate, the Holy Synod and the Officers of the OCA.