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Welk Resort Group, Inc. (WRG) is a premier provider of points-based, luxury, vacation ownership products and services. Founded in 1964 by famous band leader and television celebrity Lawrence Welk, WRG is a privately held family- and employee-owned company that operates six vacation resorts in five areas: San Diego, Palm Springs, Lake Tahoe, Branson Missouri, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. WRG also develops commercial resort properties, makes acquisitions, markets and sells vacation ownership/travel products and services, manages resorts, provides purchase financing, and offers an online discount travel platform (www.welkresorts.com).
This position reports to the Senior Director of Litigation & Legal Affairs, and will be located at the company headquarters in San Marcos, California. Responsibilities include providing counsel and training to Human Resources and business executives on general employment matters while exhibiting sophisticated business acumen as well as knowledge of Welk’s structure, operation, and policies.
The Corporate Counsel, Labor & Employment will maintain current in-depth knowledge of all federal, state, and local employment/labor laws and regulations to ensure that Welk’s policies and procedures are in compliance with applicable laws. This is a rare in-house opportunity to partner with the business on key strategic initiatives.
You must have excellent legal and business judgment and be comfortable handling California employment law questions on the fly. We’re looking for a skilled communicator, with excellent research skills, who can manage priorities effectively in a dynamic environment with patience, poise, and a sense of humor.
You must be a strong team player, service oriented, with a “can-do” attitude.
Qualifications and requirements:
JD from a top tier law school, MBA is a plus.
5 to 7 years’ experience with California employment law advising and counseling at a well-respected law firm; in-house experience a plus.
Experience advising business clients by directly providing effective guidance, sound judgment and practical legal solutions to reduce litigation risk.
Experience assisting in the creation, implementation and regular updating of employment training, policies, handbooks and procedures.
Experience with reorganizations, severance plans, separation agreements, including reductions in force, and drafting appropriate documentation and policies
Ability to draft employment, separation, non-competition, confidentiality, consulting agreements and other employment related documents.
Comfort advising on benefits and compensation, including commission-based pay programs.
Eager and willing to stay updated on labor and employment issues/regulations affecting timeshare/hospitality industry and able to disseminate information to HR and business teams quickly and effectively.
Strong analytical skills; able to compile information about employment-related complaints, prepare concise and effective reports and develop proactive risk mitigation strategies.
Outstanding legal researcher, with strong (practical) writing and analytical skills.
Excellent project management and organizational skills.
Outstanding oral and written communication skills, legal research skills and strong (practical) analytical skills. Must be able to distill complex matters into practical legal advice.
Must balance competing projects and client expectations.
Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
California bar or admission as Registered In-House Counsel required.
Competitive compensation package includes salary, bonus, ESOP plan, 401K with company match, health insurance (HSA option), dental and other benefits.
Please provide cover letter, resume and 3 professional references speaking to your familiarity and experience with California employment law. Email submission materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Welk Resorts
Welk Resort Group, Inc. (WRG) is a premier provider of points-based, luxury, vacation ownership products and services. Founded in 1964, by famous band leader and television celebrity Lawrence Welk, WRG currently operates six vacation resorts in five areas: San Diego CA, Palm Springs CA, Lake Tahoe CA, Branson MO, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. WRG also develops commercial resort properties, makes acquisitions, markets and sells vacation ownership/travel products and services, manages resorts, provides purchase financing, and offers an online discount travel platform (http://welkresorts.com).