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Job Title: In House Jobs Assistant General Counsel
Job Category: General Corporate / Financial Services [ View All General Corporate Jobs ]
Job description:
*Represents company's legal interests by providing legal support, research, analysis and advice to internal customers (staff and management). *Advises on all legal aspects of lending, including analysis, title, loan, collateral and security requirements, document review and preparation, and loan closing. *Provides formal and informal legal training for staff and management.

Northwest Farm Credit Services is in search of an Assistant General Counsel to join our Legal Department. The preferred location for this role is at our Spokane, Washington Headquarters; alternatively it can be based in our Nampa (ID), Bozeman (MT), Salem (OR) Pasco (WA) or branches.

As a member-owned financial cooperative, we help business owners in agriculture, forestry and fisheries secure the financing they need to operate and grow, and the crop insurance they need to protect their livelihoods. Our customers are primarily located in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Northwest FCS is a five-time recipient of the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award, and the top scoring large company in the Best Place to Work-Inland Northwest competition five years in a row.

This full-time position reports to the EVP-General Counsel and provides legal counsel and support to management, lending, credit, and other staff on legal and regulatory matters relating primarily to lending activity (including commercial and consumer loans, large and complex loans, as well as syndications and participations) and new loan product development. This role also provides support and assistance to the General Counsel on strategic, regulatory and operational matters for which he is responsible.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Represents Northwest FCS' legal interests by providing legal support, research, analysis and advice to internal customers (staff and management).
Advises on all legal aspects of lending, including analysis, title, loan, collateral and security requirements, document review and preparation, and loan closing.
Provides formal and informal legal training for staff and management.
Prepares large and complex loan documentation; reviews loan documentation and crafts customized language; and develops, prepares and reviews policies, procedures, processes and templates for preparation and processing of all association legal documents.
Provides legal support for the development and adequacy of master loan agreements and documentation associated with multiple lender loan facilities.
Provides legal support for new loan product development and general legal matters, including bankruptcy, workouts, restructures, association insurance, customer crop insurance, leasing, vendor contracts, facilities management, employment, consumer law, borrower rights, compliance and other internal and administrative documentation.
Works with outside counsel for lending related matters, enforcement matters and non-loan related matters involving Northwest FCS. This includes establishing appropriate parameters and procedures for each engagement.
Assists with public affairs matters by reviewing proposed state and federal legislation, proposed federal regulations, litigation relevant to Northwest FCS, and other areas pertinent to business operations.
Collaborates on projects pertaining to strategic and operational initiatives as assigned by General Counsel
Operates as a back-up to the General Counsel to provide legal counsel, advice and written legal opinions, research or other communications to senior management, supervisors and branch offices, as requested or assigned and in the absence of or as assigned by the General Counsel.
Perform all duties and maintain all standards in accordance with company policies, procedures, and internal controls.
Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelorís degree and Juris Doctor degree
Admission to practice law in at least one state named in the Charter of Northwest FCS; this may include limited in-house licensing
Successful and progressively responsible legal experience, generally over the span of at least eight years, with emphasis in loan origination and closing, real property, participations / syndications, construction, leasing, and related areas of law
Knowledge of laws and regulations related to commercial and consumer lending, including but not limited to the Truth in Lending Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Farm Credit Act and FCA regulations
Ability to identify legal issues and advise accordingly, both in writing and verbally
Proficiency at client counseling, document preparation, negotiation and legal research

Preferred Qualifications

Extensive, successful and progressively responsible legal experience, likely spanning at least 15 years
Experience with agricultural and consumer related lending
Experience working for a Farm Credit bank or association or other lending institution
Experience in providing legal advice to a regulated lender, preferably a regulated lender in the Farm Credit System or other agricultural lender.
Experience in corporate governance matters
Experience in advising senior executives, boards and board committees
Experience in dispute resolution and litigation management

In addition to a comprehensive suite of core benefits designed to support employees at all career stages, Northwest FCS provides all employees with 24 paid hours annually to volunteer in their communities; a substantial employer match to our award-winning 401(k) plan; a bonus plan; generous paid vacation, sick, and parental leave; and financial assistance for adoptions. All employees also have access to robust learning opportunities including an Audible subscription and paid-in-advance tuition reimbursement. Jeans/appropriate casual is the standard dress code.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender orientation, national origin, marital status, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws.

When you apply for a position with Northwest FCS, we collect personal identifiers (from your resume and other application information you submit), such as your name, email address, mailing address, telephone number(s) and employment and education related information. This helps us evaluate job applicants for hiring opportunities, and, communicate with them.

To comply with federal regulations for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action (EEO/AA), we track our applicants by gender, race/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, and the position for which they applied. You will be presented with a voluntary self-identification form as part of this application; we wanted you to know why we collect this information and what we do with it. Please be aware that this information is kept separate from your application, and not utilized in the selection process.

For more information about the information Northwest FCS collects, please see the Northwest FCS California Privacy Policy.

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Company: Northwest Farm Credit Services
Employment type: Full Time
Salary: Unspecified
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Degree: JD
Experience (year): Unspecified
Job Location: Nampa, ID USA
Post Date: 06/12/2021
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