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by Craig Realty Group - 03/23/2019
 
"The General Counsel will have direct responsibility for all legal matters affecting Craig Realty Group and its affiliates and primary principal. This role requires an individual with the personal confidence, legal acumen and business savvy to operate"
Event Period: 03/23/2019 - 06/21/2019
Event Location: Newport Beach, CA 92660
 
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Craig Realty Group - Newport Beach, CA 92660
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SUMMARY

The General Counsel will have direct responsibility for all legal matters affecting Craig Realty Group and its affiliates and primary principal. This role requires an individual with the personal confidence, legal acumen and business savvy to operate in a highly entrepreneurial environment where complete clarity is not always obvious. General Counsel will also provide contractual support for the Company's real estate development, leasing and construction activities, acquisition due diligence, confidentiality agreements and perform other functions as needed to support the Company and its businesses.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Report to Chief Executive Officer on all legal matters affecting Craig Realty Group and its businesses.
Serve as active member of Company's Executive Team.
Provide strategic counsel on legal, business and operational matters.
Provide input on non-legal matters as needed such as compensation, benefits and insurance coverages.
As Corporate Secretary, attend board of directors meetings, board committees, and other executive meetings.
Represent Company's legal interests and provide assurance of strong corporate governance and general legal housekeeping before investors, owners, partners and co-partners, lenders, regulatory agencies, legislative bodies, auditors and trade groups.
Scope of responsibilities will include structure, drafting and negotiation (and/or oversight of other attorneys performing such tasks) of contracts and commercial agreements pertaining to joint ventures, acquisitions, sales, leasing and financing, oversight of due diligence review and production, corporate and other entity formation and governance, intellectual property, franchise agreements, employment and litigation/adversarial proceedings. Direct outside counsel as needed. The General Counsel will work closely with the General Counsel Litigation on litigation and other dispute matters.
Manage the allocation and completion of all in-house legal activities of the Legal Department as well as oversight of outside counsel. Manage a Legal Department presently consisting of five attorneys, and three to four support staff positions, including paralegals, administrative assistants and clerical support.
Support HR on employee matters (e.g. employee agreements, consulting agreements, third party service agreements and other employment issues).
Review and draft policies, compensation plans and employee handbook as needed.
Provide sound legal advice on issues affecting existing and future business where risks and mitigation strategies are clearly identified.
Lead support and training of legal team members as required.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

A person in this position has/will have full supervisory responsibility for others in Legal Department, including performance appraisal and delegated authority to hire, fire, and approve salary actions within specified parameters.
QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function listed above satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative, but not exclusive, of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret complex legal documents and transactions.
Strong interpersonal skills, including a direct, candid and concise communication style.
Ability to effectively respond to issues within a timely manner both verbally and in writing.
Ability to inspire and motivate employees to take desired action.
Requires a high level of commitment to customer service.

REASONING ABILITY
Requires advanced analytical and problem solving skills.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Ability to exercise sound judgement and decision making, sometimes with potentially limited information and tight timeframes.

OTHER SKILLS and/or ABILITIES

Ability to work well under pressure with a proactive approach to unusual occurrences.
Ambitious, self-motivated, enthusiastic, industrious, and hardworking. Feels a sense of urgency and embraces success.
Possesses the highest of ethical standards.
Ability to work well independently and within team.
Possesses good organizational and leadership skills, attention to detail and openness to new ideas and procedures.
Comfortability with risk, uncertainty which means potential opportunity.
Ability to find workable solutions to complicated regulatory questions.
Ability to effectively collaborate with colleagues to arrive to mutual agreements and plan of action.
Demonstrated ability to drive projects, direct others and advise executives on the implementation of sound legal, regulatory and corporate compliance solutions.
Gravitas and credibility to gain the confidence of executives inside and outside the Company.

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE

JD degree from ABA accredited law school is required.
15+ years of legal real estate transactional and corporate experience in private law practice and/or as in-house legal counsel. Candidates with experience working as in-house counsel in real estate industry will be strongly considered.
Legal expertise and prior experience with structuring, drafting and negotiating joint ventures, real estate and corporate acquisitions and sales, leasing, franchising, financing, construction, development and entitlement).
Conversancy with employment law issues to advise on HR and payroll matters.
Knowledge and working conversancy of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook).

CERTIFICATES/LICENSES

Valid driver's license.

PHYSICAL and/or MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit for long periods of time, to walk and stand, to use hands and fingers to operate keyboards, printers, fax machines or other office equipment, to verbally communicate in person, over the telephone, and/or radio as well as listen, to visually read printed material and a computer screen, and to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and heavier weights with the use of proper equipment. Ability to operate a vehicle.

WORK CONDITIONS and ENVIRONMENT

This job operates in a professional office environment. The role routinely uses standard office equipment. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in typical office environment is quiet. The employee may be required to work long hours and travel.

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