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Head of Legal

| Greater NYC Area

Want to help people get the financial protection they need — and feel confident in their choices? Policygenius is a NYC-based tech startup that’s making shopping for financial protection products faster, friendlier and more transparent for online consumers. Since 2014, we’ve raised over $52 million of venture capital, established ourselves as a pioneer in fintech and helped more than 4 million people get vital coverage for their families.

We're rapidly growing and looking for people with grit, great attitudes and creative problem-solving skills to join our powerhouse team. Come see why we were voted one of INC's best workplaces of 2018!

About the role...

As the first legal hire at Policygenius, you will directly report to the CEO and play a critical role in building the internal legal function and driving strategic objectives at the company. This position will involve handling day-to-day legal matters for the company, and problem-solving and execution across a mix of short and long-term priority business initiatives. You’ll need to toggle between legal and business matters, and be able to connect the dots. You should be able to drive an initiative with limited starting information, take ownership over results, and see ideas through to implementation.

You will…

  • Manage, with outside counsel as necessary, legal affairs for the company, including: regulatory compliance, intellectual property, data privacy and security and licensing
  • Draft, review, and negotiate a wide range of business and legal contracts (including independent contractor agreements, consulting agreements, non-disclosure agreements, service agreements and product terms and conditions)
  • Advise internal stakeholders on legal issues, compliance and business risks; recommend approaches that balance business risk with strategic priorities
  • Manage relationships with outside counsel and lead cross-functional legal workstreams with internal departments
  • Support the CEO and board with strategic and financing transactions, including: deal structuring, due diligence, review and negotiation of deal agreements, and execution
  • Advise and assist with matters of corporate governance, organizational structure, and entity management (including routine corporate filings)
  • Support the CEO in corporate governance and board management duties (e.g., preparation of board resolutions, consents and minutes of board meetings)
  • Assist the CEO in the company’s annual strategic planning process
  • Lead cross-functional efforts to identify and evaluate the strategic impact of new legal-related opportunities in Product, Marketing, Operations, Finance, and People
  • Own special projects end-to-end for the CEO as necessary. This could include: discovery work on new legal-related product & service offerings; evaluating potential acquisition opportunities from a legal and transactional perspective; researching and briefing leadership on legal issues and industry trends; and leading the implementation of high-priority company initiatives, as needed.

You have...

  • Strong academic credentials, including a JD and membership in good standing in at least one state bar (NY bar required)
  • Minimum of 2 years of top-tier law firm, clerking and/or in-house experience with a focus on corporate matters
  • Minimum of 2 years of top-tier consulting firm experience or banking experience preferred (making decks and building models is old hat to you)
  • Experience in contract drafting, review and negotiations
  • Background in data privacy, IP and compliance is a plus
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills and the ability to balance the strategic with the tactical
  • A sense of urgency and the ability to achieve impact in a fast-paced environment
  • The ability to stay calm under pressure, work independently, handle multiple assignments simultaneously, and effectively manage deliverables with time-sensitive deadlines
  • A low-ego, team-player mindset and the ability to work effectively with colleagues at all levels
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and an ability to clearly and simply explain complex ideas

You’ll get...

  • Company-paid health, dental, vision, life & disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan, FSA & commuter benefits
  • Flexible PTO
  • Training, mentorship and coaching from leadership
  • The opportunity to grow alongside a company shaking up a big, old-fashioned industry
  • Fun, diverse, open-minded coworkers
  • Dog companionship
  • Some fun surprises when you join… (Shhh… It’s a secret!)
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Location

In the heart of the Flatiron district! Conveniently located near several NYC subway stops, the NJ Path train, and a short walk to Penn Station.

An Insider's view of Policygenius

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Think: startup meets productive adult office. The fridge is stocked with La Croix and there's usually a dog or two running around, but there's no ping pong. Everyone works hard and takes the job seriously. Strict "no chuckleheads allowed" policy. People are cool and from a really wide range of backgrounds.

Adam

Senior Product Manager

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

All of the normal challenges of building a modern (fairly cutting edge actually, if I do say so myself), scalable tech stack, just with the added twist of integrating with a bunch of fairly archaic APIs. The insurance industry historically isn't exactly a bastion of modern technology, but we're doing our darnedest to change that.

Trevor

Senior Software Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Teamwork and problem-solving go a long way on my team and at Policygenius overall. I would say that individual ideas are not only supported but more importantly, encouraged. I'm consistently challenged, but always learning; our environment promotes both individual and professional growth. I'm looking forward to moving to the next level!

Masuda

Customer Success Associate

What is your vision for the company?

Our vision for Policygenius is to be the go-to consumer platform for insurance and financial protection. What Expedia did for travel, we're doing for financial protection. We're already the top platform for under-50 consumers for life insurance and disability insurance, and we're excited to expand that to new categories in 2019!

Jen

CEO

What's something quirky about your company?

So many team members have really interesting stories about their time before Pg. We’ve got trivia champions, ex-magicians, chicken bag experts, and even someone who used to be Madonna’s assistant. It’s all story-telling gold.

Justin

Chief Design Officer

What are Policygenius Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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