ED, Attorney

Purpose of Job

Leads, develops, supervises and motivates a team of attorneys and paralegal professionals, including managing the day-to-day operations. Provides best-in-class legal, advocacy, and advisory services to the association in support of achieving its mission and goals, consistent with prevailing laws, and regulations. Creates and implements strategic, operational and tactical initiatives that support key business objectives. Identifies and implements best practices and procedures to enhance effectiveness and efficiency. Collaborates across the Chief Legal Office to ensure integration of legal advice and solutions. Ensures staff provides the highest level of service for clients and internal customers. Participates and/or leads assigned programs and projects.

Job Requirements

Selects, develops and leads a team dedicated to providing legal advice to clients.

Provides coaching and feedback to ensure employee development and supports client and customer service goals.

Possesses and applies advanced analytical and legal proficiency to specialty area assignments.

Handles negotiations, drafting, and document creation in complex situations.

Proactively identifies strategic and tactical opportunities to improve operational effectiveness, including developing and implementing best practices, ensuring quality of the work performed by members of the team and by supporting change efforts.

Achieves optimal productivity by managing workload volumes within the team and by identifying and implementing innovative solutions.

Manages relationships with internal clients and provides counsel to enable the client to implement strategic initiatives, while managing legal and regulatory risk.

Proactively reviews, analyzes and interprets data to identify trends and evaluate potential actions.

Develops objectives and performance standards for all staff and conducts appropriate coaching and mentoring.

Participates and leads projects focused on strategic, operational and tactical developments, threats, challenges, and opportunities.

Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree OR 4 additional years of related experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree.
  • 10 or more years of related progressive experience developing strategies, managing major initiatives and delivering results within a complex matrix environment in the financial services industry.
  • 4 or more years of people leadership experience in building, managing and/or developing high-performing teams required.
  • Experience collaborating with key resources and stakeholders, influencing decisions and managing work to achieve strategic goals required.
  • Executive-level business acumen in the areas of business operations, industry practices and emerging trends required.
  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school required.

Preferred:

  • Experience with project management
  • Process work
  • Extensive experience working in compliance
  • Experience as practicing attorney as well as working in risk or compliance a plus
  • Experience in risk preferred
  • Deep understanding of legal risk and the current financial services regulatory environment
  • Knowledge of the components of risk management (identification, monitoring and reporting)
  • Prior experience managing the risk profile of the Legal organization in a large financial institution
  • Experience identifying current inherent and residual risks within the Legal organization and proactively targeting where new risks may likely arise (e.g., risks derived from third party vendors, new legislation or case law, the use of outdated standard documentation, changes within the Legal team, atypical assumptions in legal decisioning, etc.) 
  • Experience implementing best practices to ensure that the inherent, residual and potential risks of the operations of the Legal function are proactively and effectively controlled
  • Assist in coordinating the Legal Risk Management Working Group including developing and tracking Key Risk Indicators for the function and interfacing with Operational Risk
  • Successfully navigating and building strong relationships across the Legal organization and ensuring proper communications to relevant stakeholders, briefing senior management on identified risks and prioritization decisions
  • Similarly, working closely with colleagues in Risk and Compliance to ensure continuous improvement in the identification and escalation of legal risks and in the management of emerging regulatory trends
  • Ability to provide effective updates to legal peers on bank regulatory reform and legal developments.
  • Ability to effectively manage regulatory and legal risk within USAA’s Risk Appetite Statement for bank regulatory and prudential legal matters.
  • Pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor with sound regulatory and legal risk analytics capabilities, strategic thinker
  • Demonstrated experience successfully collaborating across the Legal function as well as with colleagues in Risk, Compliance, Audit and the business
  • Deep understanding of legal risk and the current financial services regulatory environment
  • Knowledge of the components of risk management (identification, monitoring and reporting)
  • Prior experience managing the risk profile of the Legal organization in a large financial institution
  • Experience identifying current inherent and residual risks within the Legal organization and proactively targeting where new risks may likely arise (e.g., risks derived from third party vendors, new legislation or case law, the use of outdated standard documentation, changes within the Legal team, atypical assumptions in legal decisioning, etc.) 
  • Experience implementing best practices to ensure that the inherent, residual and potential risks of the operations of the Legal function are proactively and effectively controlled
  • Assist in coordinating the Legal Risk Management Working Group including developing and tracking Key Risk Indicators for the function and interfacing with Operational Risk
  • Successfully navigating and building strong relationships across the Legal organization and ensuring proper communications to relevant stakeholders, briefing senior management on identified risks and prioritization decisions
  • Similarly, working closely with colleagues in Risk and Compliance to ensure continuous improvement in the identification and escalation of legal risks and in the management of emerging regulatory trends
  • Ability to provide effective updates to legal peers on bank regulatory reform and legal developments.
  • Ability to effectively manage regulatory and legal risk within USAA’s Risk Appetite Statement for bank regulatory and prudential legal matters.
  • Pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor with sound regulatory and legal risk analytics capabilities, strategic thinker
  • Demonstrated experience successfully collaborating across the Legal function as well as with colleagues in Risk, Compliance, Audit and the business