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Associate Counsel Legal The candidate will be responsible for: Reviewing, researching and analyzing the laws and regulations applicable to consumer financial products offered through distribution channels, and advising business leaders on key regulatory and compliance requirements and any associated risks. The ability to identify issues and provide helpful risk-rated guidance to the business is a critical part of this role. Working directly with business leaders in strategizing to develop new loan and other financial products, entering new lines of business, and making changes to existing products and services in order to make such products more appealing to core customer. The Associate General Counsel will have an important role in helping to shape all stages of development of future financial product offerings (i.e., from initial concept to bringing product to market). Understanding contractual commitments to key financial institution business partners surrounding each financial product offered, advising the business with respect to the same as needed, and assisting in the negotiation and drafting process for new contracts and / or revisions to existing contracts in the area of financial products. To the extent external counsel is utilized in the contracting process, the Associate General Counsel will be responsible for close management of external counsel from a cost efficiency standpoint. Advising on, and helping to implement, applicable financial services compliance requirements, including those in connection with any current or future regulatory regime directly applicable to (the company is currently licensed as a loan broker / credit service organization in a number of states) and those to which the business is indirectly subject as a result of offering bank or other financial institution-originated products. Management of regulatory examinations / compliance audits by Federal and / or state financial services regulators, and participating in periodic reviews and risk assessments of entity compliance with Federal, state, and local laws and internal policies and procedures, in consultation with Director of Internal Audit. Performing other duties as may be assigned from time-to-time by the General Counsel. Bachelor's Degree; JD degree from a nationally recognized and ABA accredited law school is essential. New Jersey bar admission or bar admission of another State with ability to seek limited in-house licensure in New Jersey within required timeframe is essential. Must have 7-10 years of experience practicing law, and minimum 5 years of experience working with a focus on regulated financial services. A combination of both law firm and in-house experience is a strong. Significant experience working with Dodd-Frank Act and other Federal and state financial service-related laws and regulations (including the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts or Practices (UDAP/UDAAP) limitations, Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLBA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography And Marketing Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM Act), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Telemarketing Sales Rule, and Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN). Prior experience or familiarity with the tax preparation business and / or tax-related or other â€œspecialtyâ€ financial products (such as the refund advance and assisted refund products) is a strong plus. Experience working within a franchise or other business with multi-unit operations is a strong plus but not a requirement. Experience working with financial products distributed via an on-line platform is also a strong plus.
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