Join a dynamic, collaborative in-house legal team! American Enterprise Group, through its family of companies, offers specialty life and health insurance products for seniors. With a headquarters in downtown Des Moines, the organization accommodates hybrid work arrangements. This role will oversee much of the organization’s contracting, along with general corporate matters. Experience in contract review and negotiation, including technology contracts, is strongly preferred.
The Senior Counsel is responsible for protecting the company against potential legal risks by providing basic to moderate legal advice and services to management and business units.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
Prepare routine to moderately complex legal opinions, advice, and support, with some supervision, for management and business units by managing, assessing, and communicating legal reviews.
Manage deadlines and projects when providing legal and regulatory authority and risk assessment on the organization’s business operations, as well as upon recently enacted regulatory or legislative changes.
Manage routine to moderately complex projects such as the review, interpretation, and summary of laws and regulations, the communication of compliance/legal opinions, the facilitation of discussions with appropriate business units, and the calculation of risks for business processes, assisting in the analysis of higher-level legal issues as necessary.
Structure, draft, negotiate, and approve legal contracts, letters of agreement, policies, and other documents.
Manage external attorney services as applicable by monitoring and approving the work of outside counsel.
Provide an initial review of possible trademarks, coordinate trademark searches, file appropriate documentation such as contracts and agreements, handle follow-ups, and coordinate with outside counsel as needed.
Review and update policies, procedures, and disclosures as needed for adherence with applicable laws.
May assist in representing organization in litigation, arbitration, mediation, or other disputes with courts, government agencies, or other legal authorities.
Train, mentor, support, and develop team members by providing advice, coaching and educational opportunities.
Performs other related duties as necessary or assigned.
SUCCESS PROFILE Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Working knowledge of the principles, processes, and practices related to legal activities.
Intermediate communication and negotiation skills with the ability to simplify complex legal matters.
Excellent judgement and analytical decision-making skills with the ability to analyze facts and data to support logical and sound decisions or recommended course of action.
Ability to work with a professional demeanor and a high degree of confidentiality.
Strong time management skills.
Strong intrapersonal skills.
Demonstrate the American Enterprise core competencies of change, communication, customer focus, financial acumen, innovation, teamwork, critical thinking, and decision making. For a full description of each competency, please visit americanenterprise.com/core-competencies.
Embrace and foster a diverse and inclusive culture that aligns with our commitment to THRIVE Toolkit: We are building resources for employee reference, including a diversity driven book club, leadership training, and a culture of betterment philosophy. Hear: Every employee has a voice. We listen with attention to gain knowledge and to understand. Respect: We empower people by respecting and appreciating their differences. Inclusion: We support a collaborative workforce that promotes belonging and respect that increases participation and contribution from all employees. Value: All employees are appreciated for their uniqueness. Equity: For all.
Agile mindset* of trust, teamwork, and transparency and capability to implement agile tools into daily work, allowing for quick adaption to change. (*An agile mindset is the set of attitudes supporting an agile working environment including trust, teamwork, transparency, respect, improvement, ongoing learning, pride in ownership, focus on delivering value, and the ability to adapt to change.)
Embrace our culture of betterment, which surrounds the question: Does this decision fit with our mission and core values while enhancing the outcome for our customers, our business, and our associates?
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
License to practice law in the state which you are employed.
2+ years’ related experience.
Primarily works in an office environment (or in-home office) performing work that is sedentary which involves remaining stationary and working on a computer for long periods of time
Must be able to review, assess, and/or analyze data and figures by viewing a computer screen, including extensive reading.
Regularly communicates with others in-person, via video conferencing, electronically (including email), or by phone to exchange accurate information.
This job description does not list all activities, duties, or responsibilities that may be required. The employee in this position may be assigned other duties at any time with or without notice.
This job description does not constitute a contract of employment and the company may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.