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Employment Counsel

Posted Mar 14
Full Time
On Site
New York, New York

Over the last 20 years, Ares’ success has been driven by our people and our culture. Today, our team is guided by our core values – Collaborative, Responsible, Entrepreneurial, Self-Aware, Trustworthy – and our purpose to be a catalyst for shared prosperity and a better future. Through our recruitment, career development and employee-focused programming, we are committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive work environment where high-performance talent of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives can build careers within this exciting and growing industry.

Job Description

Ares is seeking an experienced employment attorney to join its Enterprise Legal team, working primarily from Ares’ New York, NY office location. The individual in this role will provide guidance on employment and other Human Resources-related matters across the firm and its global offices. The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced environment requiring mental agility and the ability to juggle multiple tasks and shifting priorities while maintaining a high level of attention to detail.

This role will work directly with stakeholders from various business groups across the firm as well as the broader Enterprise Legal team.  This role is a great opportunity to be a part of a team-oriented legal group and work at one of the largest alternative investment managers in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.  Ares is currently operating in a hybrid working model/environment.


  • Draft and review global employment-related agreements, including offer letters, employment agreements, international transfer letters, separation/settlement agreements, independent contractor agreements and incentive compensation agreements, revising and negotiating as needed to ensure that standard terms are included

  • Provide guidance to the Human Resources department and other business groups on employee relations matters (both in the U.S. and internationally), including without limitation investigations, performance management and employee separations

  • Review and assist in updating employee handbooks and Human Resources policies; partner with Human Resources to create handbooks and policies in new jurisdictions, when needed

  • Assist in the employment workstream for strategic M&A transactions

  • Monitor applicable state, federal and international employment laws to ensure the company’s compliance with any relevant changes


  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • JD required with a strong academic background

  • 3-5 years of law firm experience handling employment matters, ideally with some exposure to the financial services industry and/or international employment law

  • Experience counseling clients on employment matters

  • Excellent contract review, drafting and negotiation skills

  • Experience providing practical, solutions-based legal advice and strategically collaborating with clients to navigate legal landscapes and commercial considerations

  • Proven record of accomplishment in relationship management

  • Ability to operate autonomously as well as part of a larger team

  • Ability to plan, execute and manage projects

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills

  • Critical thinker and skilled issue spotter with high attention to detail

  • Ability to successfully manage/prioritize multiple priorities and competing/shifting demands

  • Growth mindset with the desire to learn and take on new challenges

  • Drive to further develop expertise in employment law

Reporting Relationships

Managing Director, Associate General Counsel, Enterprise Legal


The anticipated base salary range for this position is listed below. Total compensation may also include a discretionary performance-based bonus. Note, the range takes into account a broad spectrum of qualifications, including, but not limited to, years of relevant work experience, education, and other relevant qualifications specific to the role.

$200,000 - $250,000

The firm also offers robust Benefits offerings. Ares U.S. Core Benefits include Comprehensive Medical/Rx, Dental and Vision plans; 401(k) program with company match; Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA); Healthcare Savings Accounts (HSA) with company contribution; Basic and Voluntary Life Insurance; Long-Term Disability (LTD) and Short-Term Disability (STD) insurance; Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and Commuter Benefits plan for parking and transit.

Ares offers a number of additional benefits including access to a world-class medical advisory team, a mental health app that includes coaching, therapy and psychiatry, a mindfulness and wellbeing app, financial wellness benefit that includes access to a financial advisor, new parent leave, reproductive and adoption assistance, emergency backup care, matching gift program, education sponsorship program, and much more.

There is no set deadline to apply for this job opportunity. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the search is no longer active.

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