Assistant General Counsel
Legal / Full-Time / Eastern Time Zone
Who We Are:
University City Housing (UCH) owns and manages 4,000 apartment units and 600,000 square feet of office space in the Philadelphia region. You will work with a broad range of businesses that operate in the following spaces: Telecommunications and cable TV, investment-grade real estate, construction and development funding, tech and artificial intelligence. In addition, the owner of UCH has worked for decades to implement sustainable social service programs and create a replicable model for breaking the poverty cycle in West Philadelphia; and from time-to-time you will support the non-profit organizations that run those mission-driven programs.
The Job Description:
The majority of your time will be spent working on the following types of legal documents: Commercial leases and lease amendments, deeds, loan documents, contracts & contract amendments, demand letters, and notices. Your secondary scope of work will be focused on research, including researching Federal and State case law, statutory construction, regulations and regulatory changes, and Agency guidance. You will also be given additional ad hoc projects and tasks as needs arise.
What Success Looks Like in the First Year:
In 3 months…
- You are demonstrating intellectual humility, competency, a focus on details, and the appropriate level of “I don’t know what I don’t know” caution in all your work (no matter how big or small it is).
- You are learning more than you ever thought you would about what it takes to be a highly-effective in-house counsel and you might even have picked up a bit of health insurance jargon (though you probably shouldn’t brag about that last part).
In 6 months…
- You are helping the General Counsel answer extremely complex and topical legal questions that require you to research and analyze the relevant case law, regulatory agency guidance, Federal and State statutory law, litigation risk, etc. It is very unlikely that you are bored.
In 12 months…
- You are drafting contract amendments, you are redlining deeds and bills of sale, you are learning the ins-and-outs of employee benefits, and you are enjoying it (at least as much as a reasonable person can enjoy those types of things).
What you need:
- A license to practice law in PA (either full or in-house) and 1-3 years of legal experience
- To be intellectually curious, exceedingly well-organized, empathetic, and seriously detail-oriented
- Experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Contract drafting and review
- Health care industry and/or employee benefits
- Business organizations
- Commercial real estate
- Note: Commercial real estate experience would be of particularly high-value
- Commercial financing/transactions
- Property law
- Corporate governance
- Regulatory compliance
What you get:
- A competitive salary and benefits package. Including health, dental, and vision coverage, 401(k), and paid vacation.
- General Counsel Mentorship. You’ll be reporting directly to a General Counsel who has years of high-level in-house counsel experience in both the private and public sectors, who prioritizes mentoring new lawyers, who treats in-house counsel work as a craft – and will teach you how to do the same.
- Work/Life Balance. While consistent competence and performance is expected, your personal time will be treated with the respect it deserves. Company culture emphasizes respecting personal time off, with typical working hours following corporate hours of operation.
- Highly-Competent Coworkers. The team you’ll be joining is filled with other thoroughly skilled and competent individuals who will complement and convert your work into positive outcomes at a high rate.
- Flexibility. After an onboarding and training period working from our Center City office, you’ll have the option to continue working out of that Center City office, and you will also have the option to work out of one of our other offices in the greater Philadelphia area if preferred (though you should expect to need to come into Center City about once a week for calls, meetings, and projects that are more efficiently completed in-person). You’ll generally be able to work remotely one or two days a week after the onboarding and training period concludes.
UCH is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.