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Corporate Counsel, Business Affairs and Risk Management
January 17, 2018
San Diego, California
Full Time - Staff Attorney
5-7 years experience
Business Ethics, Corporate, Risk Management
San Diego based Independent Hotel/Resort Company seeks attorney with 5-7 years’ experience for a broad based role supporting operations, marketing, and sales. Position involves drafting/negotiating contracts, providing legal advice regarding diverse issues and assisting with other risk mitigation and insurance matters. Position requires good judgment, ability to communicate with non-lawyers about complex issues, and the ability to work independently.
The Corporate Counsel, Business Affairs and Risk Management (Licenciado/a de Negocios Corporativo) is responsible for providing legal and risk management support to hotel operations, sales, and marketing. Reviews property-level contracts (e.g., event contracts, group business, and vendor contracts), advises personnel on legal obligations and potential claims, develops standard operating procedures. Assists with insurance and safety related issues that may expose the Company to litigation or insurance claims. Identifies, mitigates, manages, and insures a diverse array of legal and risk exposures faced by the Company, affiliates, and ventures (e.g, Safety, Compliance, Records Retention, GDPR, PCI, etc.).
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Drafts, revises, reviews, negotiates and administers agreements and contracts on behalf of the Company (including vendor contracts, event contracts, group business contracts, software and marketing contracts).
Advises sales and operations personnel on changes to form contracts, legal obligations and potential claims.
Develops standard form contracts to be used by Company employees in fulfilling their job responsibilities and trains such employees in their implementation.
Provides day-to-day support on legal matters relating to general hotel operations, sales and marketing.
Develops, in collaboration with the General Counsel, compliance programs, record retention guidelines, and other compliance programs (GDPR, PCI, etc.)
In collaboration with the General Counsel, researches and anticipates legal issues impacting the Company.
Assists the General Counsel with other legal department projects, as appropriate.
Stays abreast of legal developments affecting the company, its clients, and industries and synthesize the information to incorporate it into company's practices.
Assists in the management and renewal of the Company's insurance program, including evaluating adequacy and scope of insurance coverage, negotiation of terms and pricing, and policy administration.
Keeps abreast of industry/market trends impacting insurance and risk.
Assists evaluating and managing automobile liability, fire, and property damage claims, including communications with attorneys, claims reviews, and investigations.
Assists in the evaluation and negotiation of settlements of disputes directly with guests. Assists in the supervision of insurance panel counsel in general liability claims. Occasionally attend hearings, depositions, and trials.
In collaboration with insurance consultants and General Counsel, resolves coverage disputes.
Assists in the planning, design and implementation of overall risk management strategies and processes with the goal of reducing total cost of risk.
Advises on the design and implementation of preventative safety programs to develop and promote an effective loss control culture in the Company.
Indirectly manages security and operations personnel, including training employees; planning, assigning and directing special projects; and, in coordination with operations supervisors, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common business journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Professional and tactful negotiation and persuasion skills. Ability to build positive relationships and work collaboratively with people and teams through the organization. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts in finance, probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Strong analytical and organizational skills. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Strong documentation skills with high attention to detail. Proven ability to effectively organize and manage time in order to meet deadlines and internal and external requests. Ability to prioritize multiple commitments. Must have the ability to work independently a significant portion of your time.
Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
Education and/or Experience
A Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school, plus a minimum of three years' experience as a practicing lawyer in California, preferably in a related and relevant field (e.g., hospitality, commercial contracts, corporate law, insurance, or general business). Experience in investigation methods, documentation, techniques and policies and procedures related to processing and adjusting claims. Experience in hospitality industry a plus.
Internal Number: CORP-975
About Evans Hotels
Evans Hotels promotes the recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse employees while continuously engaging in efforts to enhance a diverse employee/guest experience. Evans Hotels is family owned, and members of the Evans family welcome with open arms all employees regardless of their race, color, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.
The 1,200-employee workforce is a cohesive unit dedicated to providing first-class customer service above the industry standard for visitors of San Diego. Harmony reigns from the Evans family to line cooks, from front desk agents to maintenance workers, from general managers to room attendants. Proudly, more than half the workforce has been employed with Evans Hotels for over five years, almost 30% more than 10 years, and almost 10% over 20 years.
Evans Hotels was honored at San Diego Business Journal’s 2014 Family-Owned Business Awards as being one of the best large family-owned businesses in the city, voted upon by in-house judges and an outside panel of executives from the business community