Position Overview

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and serving as a member of the Senior Management Team, the Corporate Counsel will be responsible for managing legal and regulatory compliance

 

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Advise members of the Senior Management Team and the Owner’s on new and existing laws and regulations that could affect the business
  • Oversee the corporate legal function as a whole, including in the areas of corporate law, contracting, labor law compliance, and Trust and Estate law.
  • Identify risks along with propose alternative structures to reduce risks
  • Oversee regulatory functions and help develop strategies to drive business results and mitigate risk
  • Coordinate with HR, Senior Management Team to enforce company’s procedures and policies
  • Maintain and build trusted relationships with key partners internal/external customers
  • Adhere to company, federal, state, and local business requirements, enforcing compliance and taking action when necessary
  • Draft as well as negotiate agreements
  • Supervise and cost efficiently use outside counsel as required.

 

Candidate Profile

We seek an executive with a successful record of accomplishment of critical thinking skills with the ability to educate and develop a compliant organization.  S/he should be secure in owning projects from ideation to execution and comfortable with shifting priorities. S/he will know how to establish collaborative relationships, to scrutinize relevant information, and have the insight needed to judiciously vet ideas and business cases for the long-term success of the business.

 

Experience and Education

  • 5-10 years of legal experience in employment law with significant expertise in wage and hour and Farm Labor Contracting issues
  • A solid ability to lead and develop
  • A strong knowledge/experience with food or agriculture
  • J.D. from an ABA-approved law school required

 

Skills and Personal Characteristics

  • Ability to quickly ramp up on new projects and demonstrated structured problem solving
  • Leadership skills, demonstrating personal integrity and resolve
  • Be able to diagnose issues quickly and have the foresight to anticipate issues before they arise
  • Proactive, hands-on, make-things-happen executive
  • Must have a results-oriented work ethic
  • Bilingual in Spanish desired but not required