About Armed Forces Benefit Association (AFBA)
The Armed Forces Benefit Association (AFBA) was established in 1947 in the basement of the Pentagon with the support of the General of the Army, Dwight D. Eisenhower, to ease the strain on military members and their families. At the time, life insurance that would pay a death benefit if the member was killed in combat was not available. Today, AFBA continues to honor its mission, in war and peace, for those who serve this great nation including our military, emergency first responders, government employees and contractors, and their families. We continue promoting member’s welfare through death benefits and other member benefits. AFBA death benefits are funded by life insurance underwritten by 5Star Life Insurance Company (“5Star Life”).

Through the values of Integrity, Commitment, Stewardship, Service, Patriotism, Inclusiveness, Culture, and Social Justice, our team provides insurance solutions for those who serve, defend, and protect our great nation in the armed forces, as well as first responders, federal government and department of defense employees, and our country's civilian workforce. We welcome you to apply and consider joining our team of service-focused professionals.

We offer a hybrid work environment. This position is in Alexandria, VA

About the role:
The Assistant Vice President and Deputy General Counsel is responsible for serving as a senior legal advisor of AFBA and its subsidiaries with functional responsibility for the organization’s internal and external legal affairs. The role entails serving as a key figure and a principal point of contact with regulatory and judicial bodies at the federal, state, and local levels as well as to the senior staff.

The incumbent is responsible for day-to-day delivery and management of legal services supporting core corporate functions. The incumbent is also required to work closely with key partners such as National Guard Association of a State or Territory, respective State Military Departments, First Responder organizations, and the worksite life insurance distribution brokers. The incumbent is expected to be familiar with insurance regulation; group insurance product marketing, distribution, and administration; and/or non-profit legal requirements applicable to voluntary employee benefit associations. Incumbent will be expected to work both independently and in a team. The incumbent will:
  • Manage potential and existing controversies to include litigation, threatened litigation, department of insurance inquiries, better business bureau, social media, and consumer complaints
  • Provide legal advice on claims matters.
  • Minimize risk through the careful review, negotiation, drafting and administration of agreements and other legal documents
  • Provide sound, actionable legal advice to Senior Executives and their teams
  • Provide legal advice in areas of significant organization-wide impact, including the formulation of legal strategies in support of association-wide strategic plans
  • Remain current with developments in applicable the law
  • Assist with governance and non-profit matters as assigned

What we are seeking:
  • J.D. from an ABA accredited law school is required. Additional legal or business degrees, such as an LL.M. or an M.B.A. are a plus
  • Must be licensed to practice law in at least one US jurisdiction, with Virginia bar or qualified for Virginia Corporate Counsel status
  • Minimum 10 years of as a licensed attorney, and 5 years of experience with group life and health insurance; experience with voluntary worksite insurance including programs offered to military or first responder personnel preferred
  • Management experience including professional staff
  • Preferred: Military or first responder experience or demonstrated familiarity with the military or first responder community
  • Demonstrated leadership and success in managing a team of professional staff
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of AFBA stakeholders
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to work under pressure gracefully in a fast-paced, expanding, and dynamic business environment
  • Strong ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, and apply relevant guidance to a variety of legal matters
  • Ability to develop, communicate, and implement legal strategies in support of the organization’s matters
  • Ability to travel as needed within the U.S and represent AFBA as required
  • Knowledge of, or interest in learning, Enterprise Risk Management programs

Benefits we offer:
  • health insurance (medical, dental, and vision)
  • flexible spending accounts (medical and dependent care)
  • 401k plan with generous employer match
  • employer-funded pension plan
  • paid time off
  • paid holidays (11)
  • life insurance
  • short- and long-term disability insurance
  • employee assistance program
  • professional development & tuition reimbursement
  • career growth opportunities
  • hybrid work environment
  • on-site gym and locker rooms (Alexandria, VA office only)
  • friendly, collaborative culture

Qualified people of all races, ethnicities, ages, sex, genders, sexual orientations, national origins, gender identities, marital status, religions, veterans' statuses, disabilities, and any other protected classes are strongly encouraged to apply. As an equal opportunity workplace, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. AFBA and 5Star Life Insurance Company endeavors to make reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of qualified applicants with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If an applicant believes they require such assistance to complete the application or to participate in an interview, or has any questions or concerns, they should contact Human Resources (hr at afba dot com). EEO is the Law (Link to external DOL site). AFBA and 5Star Life Insurance Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and an E-Verify Employer.