Posted: Feb 2, 2021

Associate General Counsel

Sun Country Airlines - Minneapolis, MN
Full-time
Application Deadline: N/A
When you come onboard at Sun Country Airlines, you are joining an experienced team of driven and talented employees. We affordably connect guests to their favorite people, places and memories, and we do it by cultivating a culture that encourages our team to pursue their passions in the air and on the ground – allowing you to Fly at the Speed of Life.  We take pride in our company, culture, and comradery, and would love to have you join us.

 

The Associate General Counsel or Sr. Counsel will possess broad, relevant law firm and/or in-house experience in transactional work, including complex contracts, equipment finance, securities, governance, regulatory and compliance consistent with airline operations, or other highly regulated industries.   As a key member of the Legal Team, the individual will act as a lead attorney in negotiations and work directly with the senior management team. The individual will help execute upon the strategic and legal priorities for our high growth, low cost airline, while advising on a broad range of matters to deliver practical and contextual legal advise and ensure compliance in all aspects of the company’s business.

 

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Provide a broad range of practical legal advice on primarily transactional matters, including contracts, equipment finance, securities, governance, regulatory, compliance, and from time-to-time, litigation management.
  • Review, draft, and fearlessly negotiate a variety of commercial contracts, including revenue contracts (such as airline charter agreements), aircraft financing and lease agreements, banking and general finance agreements, maintenance agreements, ground handling agreements, airport agreements, fuel agreements, IT agreements, non-disclosure agreements, master services agreements, and other commercial agreements.
  • Drive and manage, as appropriate, required regulatory reporting, including DOT, SEC, and others.
  • Assist with governance processes, including the meticulous drafting and review of resolutions, minutes, and other corporate formalities.
  • Oversee and creatively improve the company’s ESG processes.
  • Review and respond to regulator inquiries, including attorneys general, DOT, elected officials, and other regulatory agencies.
  • Assist with government affairs management, including contact management, overview and issue deck management, and regular communication.
  • Assist with management of company securities, including management of the company’s equity plan and compliance matters.
  • May manage some or all aspects of affirmative and defensive litigation and arbitrations involving the company; provide legal counsel in connection with internal investigations and responses to government inquiries; and provide legal advice on complex and sensitive matters regarding various laws.

Supervisory Responsibility

Together with the General Counsel, oversee, direct, and support the work of 2 Senior Paralegals.

 

  • Juris Doctor Degree.
  • State bar membership in at least one state with immediate eligibility to be licensed in Minnesota.
  • Minimum of five (5) years high-level corporate and transactional experience (either law firm or in house).
  • Commitment to the highest level of legal work-product and standards.
  • Proven success in collaborating across a matrixed business and legal environment.
  • Proven ability to work at a high level of responsiveness to meet needs of clients/business partners.
  • Self-starting, problem solving, and real-time solution-minded approach to collaboration and achieving business objectives.
  • Excellent and persuasive writing and drafting skills.
  • Proven ability to advise clients and manage workload with minimal oversight.
  • Commitment to understanding the airline industry and Sun Country’s unique position and opportunities.
  • Commitment to Sun Country’s corporate values, including the advancement of inclusion and diversity principles.
  • Experience in the airline, railroad, or aviation industry.
  • Experience in labor union negotiations, grievance management, and arbitration.
  • Experience in aircraft financing.
  • Experience as assistant corporate secretary.
  • Experience in a small in-house legal department at a publicly-traded company.
  • Experience with airports and airport real estate leasing.

 

 

It is the policy of Sun Country Airlines to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

 

Sun Country Airlines is an E-Verify Employer. We participate in the web-based system that allows the company to verify the identity and employment eligibility of newly hired employees by electronically matching information provided by employees on the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, against records available to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

 

Sun Country Airlines is a Zero Tolerance Drug-Free Workplace for all Safety-Sensitive functions. [1] A safety-sensitive function, as described in 14 CFR part 120, §§ 120.105 and 120.215, includes a flight crewmember, flight attendant, flight instructor, aircraft dispatcher, aircraft maintenance or preventive maintenance, ground security coordinator, aviation screener, air traffic controller, and operations control specialist. I understand and acknowledge that I will be required to undergo a DOT/FAA pre-employment drug test for the following prohibited drug (as defined in 49 CFR § 40.85) prior to being hired or transferred into a Department of Transportation (DOT) safety-sensitive position as defined in 14 CFR part 120[1]: All prospective employees are subject to pre-employment testing for the following drugs and their metabolites: Marijuana, Cocaine, Amphetamines, Opioids and Phencyclidine (PCP).