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Director & Counsel Development Americas

Posted Jun 06
Full Time
Mc Lean, Virginia
  • This role is based at our corporate office in McLean, VA*

This is your chance to be part of an in-house Legal team at a top global hospitality company! As a Counsel Development Americas, you will provide legal support to our development teams as they grow our hotel and branded residential portfolio throughout the Americas. On the Legal Development team reporting to Vice President & Sr Counsel Development, you will provide substantive legal advice in the areas of hotel management agreements, branded residential projects, real estate financing, contract management, owner relations, negotiating and drafting related legal documentation, and managing outside counsel.

How We Will Support You

Hilton is proud to support the mental and physical wellbeing of all Team Members so they can Thrive personally and professionally in a diverse and inclusive environment, thanks to programs and benefits such as:

  • Go Hilton travel program: 100 nights of discounted travel with room rates as low as $40/night
  • Hilton Shares: Our employee stock purchase program (ESPP) - you can purchase Hilton shares at a 15 percent discount
  • Paid parental leave for eligible Team Members, including partners and adoptive parents
  • Mental health resources including free counseling through our Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Learn more about the rest of our benefits

At Hilton, we believe every Team Member is a leader. We are committed to offering leadership development opportunities and programs through every step of a Team Member’s career journey and at every level, both in our hotels and across corporate.

  • Available benefits may vary depending upon terms and conditions of employment and are subject to the terms and conditions of the plans.

How You Will Make An Impact

Your role is important and below are some of the fundamental job duties that make your work unique.

What Your Day-to-day Will Be Like

  • Review, draft and negotiate a variety of agreements relating to system hotels and residential projects, with a focus on management agreements with hotel owners, license agreements with residential project owners and finance-related agreements with lenders of such projects
  • Support Hilton’s relationships and transactional dealings with owners of system hotels throughout the lifecycle of the contractual relationship, including negotiating contract amendments and resolving issues
  • Provide practical risk analysis and strategic legal counsel to business partners on a wide variety of hospitality-related subject matters

How You Will Collaborate With Others

  • Partner with, and train, various of Hilton’s business teams, including Development, Operations, Brands and Finance, to protect Hilton’s commercial interests and strategically grow its network
  • Collaborate with others in the Legal Department, as well as outside counsel, to create optimal, risk-balanced approaches to solving problems and achieving business objectives

What Types Of Transactions You Will Take Ownership Of

  • Hotel and branded residential management agreements and related amendments
  • SNDAs
  • Condominium Marketing License Agreements
  • Franchise Agreements
  • F&B service and consultancy agreements


You Have These Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years of relevant legal work experience in Hospitality and/or Commercial Real Estate, including first-chair experience leading transactional negotiations
  • You are admitted to practice law, active and in good standing with the Virginia State Bar, or with another state bar and registered, or be eligible to register, as in-house counsel with the Virginia State Bar
  • The ability to prioritize and undertake multiple projects and critical tasks with contending pressures against deadlines
  • Available for occasional business travel (1 to 4 times per year)

It Would Be Useful If You Have

  • Experience in the hospitality industry
  • Experience with hotel management agreements
  • Experience in financing transactions

What It Is Like Working For Hilton

Hilton, the #1 World's Best Workplace, is a leading global hospitality company with a diverse portfolio of world-class brands. Dedicated to filling the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, we have welcomed more than 3 billion guests in our more-than 100-year history. Hilton is proud to have an award-winning workplace culture and we are consistently named among one of the World’s Best Workplaces. Check out the Hilton Careers blog and Instagram to learn more about what it’s like to be on Team Hilton!

It is the policy of Hilton to employ qualified persons without regard to color, race, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medication conditions), gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, military service, status as a protected veteran, disability, protected medical condition as defined by applicable law, genetic information, or any other protected group status as defined by and subject to applicable federal, state and local laws.

We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position and provide other benefits and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable law. Please contact us if you require an accommodation during the application process.

Work Locations

Hilton - Global Headquarters - McLean




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