Senior Counsel - Real Estate

Posted Date: Sep-13-2021

Job ID: 21359

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Legal

City: Seattle

State: Washington

Store: Seattle HQ

Remote Eligible: No

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What's cool about this job

This job contributes to REI’s success by providing legal services to the co-op and its officers, employees, and internal stakeholders in the areas of retail leasing and general real estate. Reports to the Deputy General Counsel – Business, Brand & Digital. Models and acts in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission.

  • Provide general legal counsel and risk management guidance on company-related matters that involve any aspect of real property assets
  • Draft, review and negotiate commercial retail leases and related documents, real property acquisitions and dispositions and related documents, development agreements, construction contracts, SNDAs, estoppels, etc
  • Build relationships with and primarily support the Real Estate team in all real estate-related matters 
  • Manage and oversee the work of outside counsel
  • Manage and oversee the work of Real Estate Legal Specialists on the Legal Team Coordinate with a variety of real estate services providers, including outside real estate counsel, real estate brokers, developers, title companies, surveyors, environmental firms, etc
  • Monitor the changing legal issues and legal environment affecting the co-op in the areas of retail leasing and real property law to support the co-op’s compliance with applicable regulations and laws at the federal, state, and local levels
  • Build and maintain expertise in real estate matters
  • Act in alignment with and model REI’s core values and mission
  • 5+ years of business law and real property law experience, with multiple years of focused experience as a lawyer actively handling and negotiating retail leases and related legal documents for a national branded retailer
  • Significant experience with a variety of real estate transactions, including acquisitions/dispositions, due diligence for property acquisitions, review of title and survey documents and environmental reports, etc
  • JD degree from an accredited law school with a national reputation; US state bar membership in good standing
  • Highly responsive and service-oriented attitude
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment with multiple deadlines
  • Ability to maintain strong working relationships with cross-divisional partners
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including demonstrated ability to create useful business documents and presentations in plain English
  • Intellectual curiosity and a willingness to learn about and support multiple areas of the business
  • Active and effective team player and collaborator with internal business clients and within own department, including excellent people skills and the ability to build and maintain positive, supportive working relationships
  • Experience counseling and training businesspeople with little or no legal background 
  • Mature judgment and demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior leaders Appreciation for and support of REI’s co-op structure, culture, and values
  • Ability to think strategically and provide critical analysis and risk assessments
  • Champion for the organization and advocate for solutions in the co-op’s overall best interest

Bring your passion and expertise

  • J.D. degree from an accredited law school with a national reputation
  • Membership in good standing in at least one state bar in the U.S
  • 5+ years of real property law experience, including focused experience with retail store leasing, and experience with a variety of real estate transactions (acquisitions, dispositions, etc.)
  • Experience in a retail or branded services company with stores or field operations
  • Experience managing outside counsel Builds capacity of individuals and teams through effective employee development, involvement, communication, and supervision efforts
  • Creates a strong, mutually supportive work spirit and culture where people can do their best
  • Establishes trust and inspires others
  • Makes effective organization and people decisions in a manner consistent with REI's values and ethics
  • Delivers on commitments and holds others to same
  • Champions the organization and advocates solutions in the overall Company's best interest
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities
  • Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions
  • Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customers
  • Fosters change in company direction
  • Effectively plans and executes changes

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Places to Work" list since the award's inception – 23 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 160 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 15,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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