Associate General Counsel

Community Bank, N.A.De Witt, New yorkFull TimeOn Site

At Community Bank System, Inc. (CBSI), we are dedicated to providing our customers with friendly, personalized, high-quality financial services and products. Our retail division, Community Bank, N.A., operates more than 230 customer facilities across Upstate New York, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Vermont and Western Massachusetts. Beyond retail banking, we also offer wealth management, investment management, insurance and risk management, and benefit plan administration.
Just as our employees are committed to helping our customers manage their finances, we’re committed to our employees. After all, they make it happen for our customers every day.
To ensure our people can enjoy long and successful careers here at CBSI, we offer competitive compensation, good benefits, and professional development and advancement opportunities. As an equal-opportunity workplace and affirmative-action employer, we celebrate and support a diverse workplace for the benefit of all: our employees, customers and communities.
The Associate General Counsel will serve as a legal resource for all business lines of a publicly traded financial holding company with banking operations and diversified financial services subsidiaries with various responsibilities, including to:

  • Conduct legal research and analysis regarding legal questions that arise from the company’s lines of business.
  • Oversee assigned litigation matters, including assisting in the oversight of outside counsel as necessary.
  • Draft and review forms, disclosures and agreements for all of the company’s lines of business.
  • Provide advice and counsel regarding implications of new laws that impact the Company’s business and stay abreast of developments in applicable laws and regulations.
  • Advise on employment-related issues, including drafting and reviewing employment, non-solicitation, and compensation agreements.
  • Provide legal counsel and support oversight of the Bank’s compliance functions.
  • Assist on SEC compliance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and public company related issues.
  • Assist with the review and assessment of new and existing products and business opportunities from a legal and regulatory perspective.
  • Maintain proficient knowledge of, and demonstrate ongoing compliance with all laws and regulations applicable to this position, ensure ongoing adherence to pertinent policies, procedures, and internal controls, and meet all job-specific training requirements in a timely fashion.

The Associate General Counsel will join a growing, collegial and dynamic organization and legal team and will interact with and have significant visibility with the Bank’s executive management and Board of Directors.
  • Juris Doctorate required from an accredited law school and licensed to practice law in the State of New York.
  • Required personal characteristics include:
    • Strong leadership.
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation and organizational skills.
    • Attention to detail.
    • Independent judgment with strong analytical skills.
    • Ability to identify and evaluate legal and compliance risks.
    • Ability to apply sound and practical business judgment.
    • Ability to meet project deadlines, managing multiple responsibilities while effectively focusing on priority issues.
    • Ability to adapt to change.
    • Ability to work effectively with all levels of management, business units, outside counsel, and regulators.
    • Working knowledge of applicable state and federal banking regulations.
  • Minimum of 5-8 years’ relevant experience in a law firm or in-house legal department with strong leadership and project management skills.
Other Job Information:
Compensation: Commensurate with experience plus annual bonus. In addition to your competitive salary, you will be rewarded benefits including: 11 paid holidays, paid vacation, Medical, Vision & Dental insurance, 401K with generous match, Pension, Tuition Reimbursement, Banking discounts and the list goes on!

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Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to stand, walk or sit. Use hands and fingers, handle or feel, reach with hands or arms, and speak and hear. The employee may occasionally be required to lift and or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and the ability to focus.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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