**Associate General Counsel**
Newark - Continental, DE
**Who we are:**
Sallie Mae is proud to help Americans aspiring to create the
life they imagine-whether that means helping them make college
happen, or other endeavors they pursue to invest in their future.
Our colleagues across departments and across the country are united
in our passion and our customer-first approach. Whether you want to
join a growing company, be part of an agile workforce, or gain new
skills-you're in the right place.
**What You'll Contribute**
The Associate General Counsel position supports the Company in
employment law and litigation matters and is located at either
Sallie Mae's Newark, Delaware headquarters office or the Sterling,
Virginia office. Responsibilities include advising the Company on
labor and employment matters (including being the lead counsel to
the company's Retirement Committee), conducting investigations,
litigating employment and consumer-related claims, and managing
outside counsel in litigation and investigations. First chair
responsibility for single plaintiff matters, and first or second
chair responsibility for class actions and government inquiries.
Provides specialized legal advice to various departments within the
Company. Researches and prepares oral or written opinions to legal
questions. Works to maintain the Company's project and case
management system to ensure proper controls in defensive
litigation. Considerable decision making and outside counsel
management responsibilities. Responsible for resolving matters
within budget and in a timely manner with significant autonomy.
Contribute to team projects including e-discovery and may need to
handle other civil litigation (non-employment) periodically.
Actively participate in the development of the team paralegal.
**What You'll Do**
**% of Time Spent**
Serves as chief in-house employment lawyer and provides counsel
and advice on a broad range of labor and employment matters,
including discrimination, disability accommodation, hiring,
performance management and discharge, wage and hour, non-compete
and non-disclosure agreements. Serve as lead counsel to the
Retirement Committee; attend those meetings and take minutes.
Reviews and provides guidance in the development of policies and
procedures relating to labor and employment matters.
Partners with internal clients in HR and other parts of the
Company to manage risk, and respond to litigation, government
agency investigations, audits and administrative charges.
Assists HR in developing and presenting training and compliance
Litigation and Risk Mitigation
Litigates employment and consumer-related claims, including the
management of outside counsel. First-chair responsibility for
single plaintiff docket.
Provides input and assistance to outside counsel on matters of
procedure and substantive law including drafting, reviewing and
commenting on pleadings, discovery matters, and Company policies
Participates in periodic reporting on litigation and threatened
litigation to senior management.
Assists in risk mitigation by ensuring a controlled operating
environment through oversight of electronic discovery procedures
and the implementation of root cause issues identified in
litigation, threatened litigation and government inquiries.
Conducts legal research on increasingly more sophisticated legal
topics and minimize reliance on outside counsel.
Takes initiative to improve efficiencies and organization of the
Identifies and reports on areas and problems which are systemic
and may lead to exposure to the Company.
Issues Request for Proposal for employment counsel to add depth
to our bench of outside counsel and to maximize value.
Assists with the management of the budget and vendors.
Develop Staff and Serve as a Leader
Takes direct responsibility for the growth and development of
the team's litigation paralegal. Include them in activities,
suggest webinars and articles; teaches them about new topics about
the company, employment law and consumer law.
Contributes to department and company programs and projects as
**What You Need to Succeed**
Being focused on our customer helps us to deliver a lasting
impression and instill trust. Through collaboration and teamwork,
we are able to communicate effectively across departments leading
to better decision quality. We hold ourselves to the highest
standards ensuring accountability in all we do to deliver on our
mission and shared values.
**What You Have**
Juris Doctor degree from accredited institution
8+ Years of combined law and litigation experience in private
practice and/or as in-house corporate legal counsel
Licensed and in good standing with any state bar
Excellent drafting skills
Trial or litigation experience
Labor and employment law experience
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and legal software products,
including legal research
Solid foundation in fundamental legal theories
Meticulous attention to detail
Excellent oral and written communications and presentation
Strong quantitative & analytical skills
Some business travel required
**Accountability** - Hold self and others accountable to meet
**Collaboration** - Build partnerships and work collaboratively
with others to meet shared objectives.
**Communication** - Develop and deliver multi-mode
communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique
needs of different audiences.
**Customer focus** - Build strong customer relationships and
delivers customer-centric solutions.
**Decision quality** - Make good and timely decisions that keep
the organization moving forward.
**Instill trust** - Gain the confidence and trust of others
through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
Experience in class action defense, first chair trial
experience, managing e-discovery, financial services consumer
litigation experience and bankruptcy expertise.
**What You'll Get at Sallie Mae:**
+ **Comprehensive Compensation** and Healthcare Benefits
(Medical, Dental, Vision plans)
+ **Financial Well-being** : 401(k) company match, employee
stock purchase plan, and basic life insurance and short-term
disability are provided to employees at no cost
+ **Work/Life Balance** : Paid time off, time off to volunteer,
and tuition reimbursement. In addition, after 6 months of
employment, primary caregivers receive 12 weeks of 100% fully paid
time off and secondary caregivers are eligible for 4 weeks of 100%
fully paid time off, for birth or adoption
+ **Wellness** : Fitness centers/gym subsidies, free Fitbits
with step challenges, and wellness education
Sallie Mae is proud to be an equal opportunity (EEO) employer.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual
orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, gender
identity, disability, Veteran status or any other characteristic
protected by federal, state or local law. If you'd like more
information about your EEO rights as an applicant, please click
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