We clear and settle trades for the options industry.
Chicago, IL

Executive Principal, Legal (Governance) at OCC

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All OCC employees are required to disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status to OCC’s Human Resources department, and provide acceptable proof of vaccination status, as applicable. In addition, OCC requires employees who enter one of its offices to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to regular testing as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation.

Who We Are   

The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization. Founded in 1973, OCC is dedicated to promoting stability and market integrity by delivering clearing and settlement services for options, futures and securities lending transactions. As a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility (SIFMU), OCC operates under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. OCC has more than 100 clearing members and provides central counterparty (CCP) clearing and settlement services to 19 exchanges and trading platforms. More information about OCC is available at www.theocc.com.

What We Offer

A highly collaborative and supportive environment developed to encourage work-life balance and employee wellness. Some of these components include: 

A hybrid work environment, up to 3 days per week of remote work

Tuition Reimbursement to support your continued education

Student Loan Repayment Assistance

Technology Stipend allowing you to use the device of your choice to connect to our network while working remotely

Generous PTO and Parental leave 

Competitive health benefits including medical, dental and vision


The Executive Director, Associate General Counsel will provide legal advice on both routine and complex matters to internal clients to manage legal risks faced by the Corporation relating to clearance and settlement operations; advise internal clients on specific regulations applicable to OCC, with a particular emphasis on regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission; work with personnel from the business units to articulate nature of changes to the Corporation’s By-Laws and Rules to the regulators; and serve as a Corporation liaison to the regulators.

What You'll Do

• Prepare rule filings and notices to the regulators, including but not necessarily limited to: rule filings with both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, advance notices with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and event-driven notices with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

• Advise internal clients on regulatory issues related to risk management, including but not limited all regulatory issues with respect to OCC’s financial resources available in the event of a clearing member default, OCC’s clearing fund and margin methodologies, and model descriptions.

• Expert on financial risk management processes at central counterparties, including credit risk management and default risk management.

• Serve as legal department representative on internal working groups and make presentations to the Management Committee and/or Board of Directors, as appropriate.

• Be familiar with applicable regulation and advise internal clients on routine and complex matters related to current and prospective federal securities and commodities laws promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

• Be familiar with and advise internal clients on specific international principles and standards applicable to OCC and/or its clearing members, including but not limited to those issued by CPMI-IOSCO and the Financial Stability Board.

• Interpret and advise internal clients on OCC’s By-Laws and Rules, and any policies and procedures promulgated thereunder.

• Advise internal clients on corporate policies and procedures, including but not limited to all legal department processes and procedures.

• Assist with management of relationship with regulators from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

• Assist in ensuring business initiatives are in compliance with regulatory obligations.

• Assist in preparation of business colleagues for regulator examinations, attend regulator examinations, and conduct follow-up with regulators post-examination. 

• Interface with outside counsel, as needed, with respect to matters described above.

• Perform other duties as assigned.


• Prior experience in securities and commodity laws and regulations. 

• Prior experience working with regulatory agencies and familiarity with regulations under Dodd-Frank and other applicable financial regulations preferred.

• General knowledge of financial risk management issues facing clearing organizations.

• General working knowledge of the clearance and settlement and risk management functions of a clearing organization preferred.

• Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills 

• Ability to manage medium to high complexity matters with a significant degree of independence.

• Ability to expeditiously identify and assess issues and provide legally sound recommendations consistent with good business practices and reason.

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

• Excellent writing skills.

• Detail-oriented, flexible, and creative.

• Well-organized and capable of handling several substantial assignments at the same time.

• Self-starter with ability to work independently as well as on a team and to quickly shift priorities in response to changing business environment or priorities.

• Ability to work collaboratively, including through effective communication, with internal clients from different departments at various levels of seniority.

• Ability to promptly produce high-quality, accurate, and detailed work product.

• Microsoft Office (Excel, Word)

• 10+ years of relevant experience at a law firm or corporate in-house position.

• Juris Doctor or equivalent degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

• Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university.

• Member in good standing with license to practice law in jurisdiction acceptable to the Chief Legal Officer.

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Where we are

Adjacent to the Willis Tower, close to CTA, Metra and expressways with plenty of food and entertainment options nearby.

Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • .NETLanguages
    • AWS (Amazon Web Services)Languages
    • C#Languages
    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PerlLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases

What are OCC Perks + Benefits

OCC Benefits Overview

Educational Assistance and Student Debt Forgiveness, 12-week paid parental leave, technology stipend up to $2,000, mobile data reimbursement of $35 per month. Open offices, online health coaching.

Volunteer in local community
Each year, OCC employees select a locally-based charitable organization for each of our three offices (Chicago, Dallas and Washington, D.C.). We offer multiple opportunities to get involved.
Partners with Nonprofits
OCC Partners with local organizations in Dallas, Chicago and DC to raise funds and support their missions. Employees select the charity and are eligible for up to 8 hours of paid time to volunteer.
Friends outside of work
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
OCC provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by Fidelity. We match 50% of contributions up to 6% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
OCC provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
OCC employees receive between 22 and 32 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Volunteer Time
Eligible employees get 30 days of paid sabbatical after their first 10 years of working at the company.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
OCC Offers pre-tax commuter benefits for employees in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
OCC offers relocation assistance which varies based on the position level and location.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
OCC offers employees professional development opportunities including onsite training courses and the ability to attend job related certification courses, conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Our tuition reimbursement plan offers an annual max of $1000.
Lunch and learns
OCC hosts leadership lunches on a regular basis so you can learn about your colleagues and their unique backgrounds.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
Employees are strongly encouraged to stay current in relevant technologies and supports certification programs.

Additional Perks + Benefits

We were just recognized as a best place to work for working parents! Take a look at our blog post here: https://www.theocc.com/Newsroom/Views/2021/04-26-OCC-Designated-as-Best…

An Insider's view of OCC

What are some social events your company does?

Monthly happy hours and cultural celebrations to honor our diverse workforce.


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