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Diamond Hill is continuing to recruit, interview and onboard candidates virtually in the COVID-19 environment. Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our associates; therefore, most employees are working from home at the current time.
We are committed to an intrinsic value-based investment philosophy with a long-term focus. We seek knowledgeable, disciplined candidates who possess a passion for the investment management business and a desire to be part of a growing and dynamic organization. For dedicated, inclusive individuals with a strong work ethic, we offer the opportunity for a career rather than just a job.
We embrace our differences while sharing common values:
JOB DESCRIPTION General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
POSITION SUMMARY The General Counsel and Corporate Secretary is responsible for leading and directing the company’s legal activities, public company governance, providing legal counsel to management and the board, and representing the company as general counsel with external constituencies and regulators.
Legal responsibilities include fulfilling public company requirements, transaction-related legal activities where relevant, managing external legal support, and managing any litigation, including outside counsel.
Corporate secretary responsibilities include liaising with the DHIL board, facilitating and minuting board and committee meetings, maintaining relevant documents, and following up actions agreed by the board and committees.
Member of the leadership team, reporting to the CEO and the corporate board.
Serves as legal counsel and secretary to the corporate board and its committees.
Advises on and manages all legal aspects of contract negotiation and execution, including client agreements, vendor agreements, M&A and transaction agreements, and fund-related agreements, as necessary.
Oversees contract retention, close-out, extension and renewal.
Partners with Chief People Officer on all employment related/personnel matters.
Prepares and/or reviews SEC periodic reports, including Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, proxy statements and Section 16 filings.
Oversees any litigation matters and collaborates as necessary with the Chief Compliance Officer on any government or regulatory matters.
Selects and manages outside counsel and other service providers to drive business objectives.
Acts as key legal advisor providing strategic counsel on business transactions, including acquisitions, new business initiatives, assessing and advising on current and future business structures and legal entities.
Provides securities law and related advice in connection with public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, where relevant.
Serves as primary contact for the board of directors, including working with the board and committee chairs to draft agendas and plan overall activities of the board.
Drafts minutes of DHIL board and committee meetings.
Coordinates materials, board books within the online board portal (Diligent).
Position is responsible for understanding and complying with the firm’s human resources policies, Compliance Program policies, Information Security policies, and various other policies and procedures as applicable.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Juris Doctorate (JD) from an accredited law school. Licensed to practice in Ohio or admitted and in good standing of a State Bar of any US State or the District of Columbia and licensed to practice in Ohio following the commencement of the position.
10+ years of relevant experience in a corporate environment within financial services; asset management/securities experience preferred; public company experience preferred.
Experience managing corporate governance issues, negotiations, drafting transaction documents, research and due-diligence activities, boardroom activities, corporate policy/program development, etc.
Experience in counseling public company with respect to a broad range of securities and corporate governance issues, including the Securities Exchange Act reporting regime, Sarbanes-Oxley, and the policies of institutional shareholder advisory services.
Working knowledge of ‘40 Act is a plus.
Effective interpersonal and communication skills (oral/written) with demonstrated ability to collaborate with and positively influence diverse audiences both inside/outside the company and at all levels of the organization, including outside attorneys, [senior] management, board directors and customer/vendor legal counsel.
Diamond Hill offers competitive compensation and benefits, as well as a meaningful opportunity to make an impact. We offer a remarkable 401(k) match program, and all of our associates receive a new hire stock grant to ensure they feel like an owner—because they are.
Diamond Hill associates enjoy a working environment that supports professional and personal growth, thereby improving employee satisfaction, the productivity of the firm, and most meaningfully, the experience of our clients.
A dedication to our intrinsic value-based investment philosophy is essential and all associates with a desire to make additional investments in U.S. equity or corporate bond securities are required to do so by investing in Diamond Hill Funds, thereby aligning our interests with those of our clients.
Diamond Hill is an equal opportunity employer. Decisions on hiring and promotion are based only upon the individual’s ability to perform the job and dependability once hired. Race, color, religion, creed, gender, age, pregnancy, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin, or ancestry, military/veteran status, tenure, genetic information, or disability are not considered in decisions of employment, benefits, or advancement.
Founded in 2000, Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc. is a Columbus, Ohio-based independent investment management firm with significant employee ownership and $23.4 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2019. We provide services to institutions and individuals through mutual funds and separate accounts. Our strategies include long-only equity, alternative long-short equity, and fixed income.We serve our clients by providing investment strategies that deliver lasting value through a shared commitment to our intrinsic value-based investment philosophy, long-term perspective, disciplined approach and alignment with our clients’ interests. We believe intrinsic value is independent of market value and that competitive long-term returns can be achieved by identifying meaningful differences between the two. All of our portfolio managers are significant investors in the same portfolios in which our clients invest, ensuring that our interests are aligned with those of our clients.We are committed to achieving excellent long-term investment results and providing outstanding client service to existing and new clients. Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc. is a wholly owned su...bsidiary of Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc. Diamond Hill Investment Group is a publicly traded company, and its shares trade on the NASDAQ (Ticker: DHIL).
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