Associate General Counsel

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Description/Job Summary

The Associate General Counsel (a) provides legal counsel, advice, analysis, and support on a wide range of matters for the Association, (b) educates management and team members in legal and compliance matters, and (c) effectively manages and resolves legal issues that confront the organization.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Business Guidance
  • Provides legal advice to Association management and employees on business matters, including matters related to:
    • Farm Credit Administration Act and regulations
    • borrower and loan eligibility
    • lending compliance matters
    • commercial law and contracts
    • employment matters
    • corporate law
    • real estate
    • data and system security
  • Weighs legal liability and risks against business costs and opportunities and advises Association management and employees on business activities
  • Interprets legal and regulatory changes and provides advice
Legal Compliance and Training
  • Identifies, researches and resolves legal, policy and compliance issues
  • Reviews recently enacted laws and regulations and identifies actions necessary to achieve compliance
  • Recommends and drafts bylaws, resolutions, policies, procedures, manuals, agreements, forms and communications to comply with legal obligations and sound business practices and to minimize risk
  • Writes reports and legal opinions
  • Answers questions and provides guidance and training to Association employees on legal and compliance topics
Contracts
  • Negotiates and drafts legal documents and agreements with employees and third parties
  • Negotiates or supports business negotiations on contract provisions
  • Identifies and communicates legal issues related to Association contracts with vendors, third party servicers and others
  • Provides post-execution consultation with Association employees regarding the interpretation, enforcement and termination of contracts
Litigation
  • Monitors and manages litigation of varying types including foreclosure, bankruptcy, estate claims and other collection actions, condemnations, etc.
  • Provides advice on litigation strategy and settlements
  • Drafts agreements, pleadings, collection and other documents as needed

Required Skills

  • Ability to quickly gain working knowledge of the Farm Credit Act, Farm Credit Administration regulations and related regulatory guidance, Association bylaws and policies
  • Working knowledge of federal and state laws regarding creditor’s rights, contracts, real estate, the Uniform Commercial Code, employment and employment discrimination, bankruptcy, and business and commercial litigation
  • Working knowledge of federal and state laws and compliance requirements within the financial industry and relevant to the Association
  • Working knowledge of commercial loan documentation
  • High level of integrity
  • Strong attention to detail and high accuracy
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills
  • Skill to identify, analyze and research  complex legal and business issues
  • Skill in exercising sound legal and business judgment in a decisive and timely manner
  • Skill in developing and maintaining good interpersonal relationships when dealing with complex issues
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills to effectively communicate complex topics to a variety of audiences and to draft legal documents
  • Skill to effectively negotiate to conclude transactions and resolve disputes
  • Skill in prioritizing and handling multiple projects at the same time and working independently in a timely manner
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office applications, software programs to originate and service loans, and legal research sites

Preferred Experience

Prefer background in agriculture

Required Qualifications

Juris Doctor from an American Bar Association accredited law school and 3 - 8 years of experience in a law firm or corporate law department; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job.
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