General Counsel at Jellyvision

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Jellyvision is hiring a General Counsel 

Jellyvision’s headquarters is in Chicago, and, post-COVID, many of us will be returning to the Chicago offices (by choice, not requirement -- our philosophy is “Flexible First”).  But this position is also eligible for work by a remote employee out of CA, FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MI, MN, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, WA, or WI.

What we do

We’re the proud parents of ALEX®, an interactive employee communications platform that makes choosing (and using) employee benefits easier and more enjoyable. Our credo is a simple one: be helpful. And we think the best way to achieve that is with a staff that reflects the vast range of ideas, perspectives, and experiences of the millions of people who use our products.

Who we are

Jellyvision is committed to continuous evolution and to fostering a more diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone is welcomed, valued, and respected. It doesn’t matter your race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity, sex, or country of origin...we just want amazing people who are willing to grow along with us.

How you’ll help

For this role, coming at this particular phase in our life cycle, we think a little more context would be helpful:  we’re a B2B SaaS company with annually cyclical selling season (a huge volume of direct and reseller papered deals largely concentrated in Q3 for the year) and an increasingly distributed and diverse workforce of 250+ employees and growing.  We’re progressive in trying new ways to make the employer/employee relationship work better for today’s talented tech workers, but are sticklers for rules and for doing “what’s right,” not just what’s legal.  We’re coming off a 20+ year run with our incumbent General Counsel and have been well trained that good GCs are strategic, growth-oriented executives, but can also have big, squishy, trusting hearts in addition to shrewd, strategic, agile minds.

What you’ll do 

You will protect us.  At Jellyvision, the legal team is not a hurdle, base to be touched, or a source of “no”, but rather a facilitator for each segment of the company -- to ensure we are compliant, strategic, and smart while also driving the business forward.  Our General Counsel reports to the Chief Financial Officer and is a key member of our leadership team who has a significant impact on business strategy not just T’s and C’s. You’ll ensure the company operates within the law at all times, offer counsel on legal, privacy, security and compliance issues, serve as the guardrails of the organization, but also facilitate business development and strategic initiatives.  We want a legal expert and teacher who communicates and counsels in plain English, but always does so with an eye towards innovation and growth.

  • Lead and develop company legal strategy to promote and protect the organization’s business interests while driving revenue.
  • Develop relationships of trust and respect with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Support (and sometimes handle) the negotiation, drafting, and review of contracts that maximize growth and minimize risk.  As a growth tech company, we are buying services, software, and support galore -- and, happily, we are selling even more, often to the Fortune 500 companies that we’re proud to call our customers.  At Jellyvision, we read our contracts carefully, draft our contracts clearly, and agree only to terms that are mutually fair and that we know we can satisfy.  That requires careful review, creative drafting, respectful negotiation, and internal vetting with collaboration across the organization. 
  • Lead efforts to maintain compliance with privacy, security, and regulatory obligations.
  • Proactively anticipate legal risk and implement appropriate means to mitigate such risk while partnering with business to get to a “yes” answer whenever possible.  We don’t believe there is “never a way.”  We believe there is “always a way,” and we will rely on your counsel to find the legal and ethical path forward.  
  • Partner with the People team to maintain employment practices compliance for an increasingly distributed workforce.
  • Manage relations with talent union, SAG / AFTRA.
  • Protect intellectual property.
  • Partner with Product and Creative to ensure content satisfies legal requirements.
  • Handle dispute resolution.
  • Assist with management of business continuity and emergency response processes.
  • Develop and implement scalable business processes related to revenue management and growth.
  • Provide legal support for potential M&A activity.  
  • Manage liability insurance portfolio.
  • Manage external legal advisors to maintain high levels of quality and low cost.
  • Serve as a true business advisor and strategist in all business initiatives.  We know you’re a lawyer.  We need a lawyer.  We want a lot more than a lawyer and will give you opportunities to be more than a lawyer.  

Experience & skills you’ll need

  • 10+ years of experience as a licensed attorney, preferably already with law firm experience and an in-house gig under your belt.  If you do not have this minimum requirement, your application will not be considered so please do not apply.  Sorry to be harsh on this, but experience and pattern recognition is paramount to hitting the ground running.   
  • Significant experience negotiating complex contract terms to close deals – including sufficient interpersonal gravitas to lead negotiations.  
  • Exemplary work quality and ability to resolve time sensitive issues with a high degree of precision.
  • Ability to stay cool under pressure and manage a high-volume workload without sacrificing quality.
  • Background with information security, compliance, and/or privacy are all pluses.
  • B2B SaaS experience is a must.  HR tech/benefits tech experience not required but would come in handy.
  • Admission to the State Bar of Illinois is preferred – ability to practice law in Illinois is required.
  • Impeccable integrity and strong analytical skills.

Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  You need to be able to think like a lawyer – but, when appropriate, communicate like a poet. Or at least like someone who can skip the jargon.
  • Superb judgment and decision quality, able to balance and communicate trade-offs between optimization for growth and minimization of risk.
  • Accountability – we’re a company of people who do what we say we’re going to do.
  • Ability to spot issues and recommend effective solutions.
  • Resilience – grit matters.
  • Strong business acumen and an eagerness to partner with internal business colleagues to solve business issues.
  • Bias towards action – we’re looking for someone who not only sees ways to improve but who will also lead the charge on making said changes.
  • Hands on team player who is happy to roll up their sleeves.
  • Optimism, a collegial approach to colleague/customer interaction, and an instinct to go "above and beyond" in order to achieve the optimal outcome for Jellyvision.

Thanks for your interest in Jellyvision!


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Our yard is the Chicago River and our porch is the Chicago Skyline - we know, it's awesome.

An Insider's view of Jellyvision

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

When the company culture from top-down is set to take accountability and pride in your work, when leadership trusts and empowers employees to do the right thing and gives them flexibility as Jellyvision does, it motivates employees to give their very best to the organization. Work-Life Balance is not just a buzzword at Jellyvision.

Rajal

Senior Product Manager, Benefits Engagement

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

If I’m coordinating, I absolutely love ending a meeting by summarizing action items any teams are accountable for before everyone leaves. Especially with so much information to keep track of, it helps me to pinpoint the important bits. Making sure there is clarity all around is the best and most efficient way that I can collaborate with teams.

Ashleigh

Talent Coordinator/Sourcer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Our team scales across Jellyvision, with a mix of curiosity, humility, and helpfulness. We willingly lean in to support the products that help people protect their health and well-being. And while a wicked sense of humor is in no way a requirement, we’ve lucked out with truly interesting, funny folks.

Chrissy

SVP Product Marketing

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

Implementation is a team of ballers, constantly impressing me with new ideas. Our most recent ideas are new classes around Professional Development and a pilot approach to quickly implement customers. These ideas came from folks on the team. When my coworkers have these ideas, my job is to give them the support and resources to run with them.

Alex

SVP of Customer Operations

What are Jellyvision Perks + Benefits

Jellyvision Benefits Overview

We are currently redefining the way we will be returning to an office setting. Going forward, Jellyvision will be focused on a “flexible first” approach where office space is available for those who wish to use it. What does that mean? Work from home if you’d like or work from the office. We want you to work in a space that makes sense for you to be the most productive.

*5% Match on 401k

*Unlimited PTO

*Remote work stipend

*HSA & FSA Contribution

*14 Weeks Maternity Leave - 6 Weeks Paternity/Non-Gestational

*Gender Transition Assistance

*Education Reimbursement

*Medical, Vision & Dental - Multiple Plans

*Hilarious Slack Channels/Community Engagement Groups

*Membership to the Jellyvision Band - they Rock! (pun intended)

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Volunteer Committee, Employee Resource Groups
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
We have an HSA and a transit FSA!
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
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