Associate General Counsel

| Greater NYC Area
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About Orchard

Orchard is radically simplifying the way people buy and sell their homes. For the average American, the home purchase and sale process takes months, creates anxiety, and is filled with uncertainty and hassle. Orchard has reimagined the end-to-end experience of buying and selling, from innovative home search tools to find the perfect home to the ability to buy a new home before selling your current one. Orchard customers manage the entire experience through a personalized online dashboard, while also getting the support of best-in-class Orchard real estate agents. 

Headquartered in New York City and with offices throughout Texas, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia, Orchard has over 300 employees and growing. We have raised over $130 million in equity financing from top-tier investors including Revolution, Firstmark, Accomplice, Navitas and Juxtapose. Our investors have also backed the likes of Pinterest, AirBnb, Shopify and Sweetgreen. Orchard is proud to be recognized as part of Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work.

About the Role 

Orchard is looking for an Associate General Counsel to join our dynamic and quickly expanding team. As the third member of the Legal & Regulatory team, you are ready to roll up your sleeves and make an  immediate impact. You will play a key role in our rapidly growing business, partnering with teams across  the company to help build and evolve our product offerings, expand to new jurisdictions, and further  develop and mature our business lines, all while balancing business objectives and legal risk across the  multiple highly-regulated sectors in which we operate. While you will work across and contribute  significantly to all of our business units, you will take a leadership role in counseling, building, and  growing our mortgage and lending business. As the company continues to grow, there is significant  opportunity to take on additional responsibilities and leadership roles. 

The ideal candidate is a highly self-motivated, business-minded attorney who enjoys operating  autonomously, successfully navigates ambiguity, and can manage multiple projects and competing  priorities comfortably. This person brings extraordinary judgment and interpersonal skills to the role.  While highly effective and an innovative thinker, you take a humble approach to your job, allowing your  work to speak for itself. By building a track record of sound advice and success, you will become a  trusted advisor to senior leadership and teams across the company. We are looking for candidates who  are excited about the opportunity to help grow Orchard’s business in an entrepreneurial yet compliant  manner, while working with diverse groups of stakeholders to get things done in a complex and fast moving environment. 

This is a full-time role that will report to the General Counsel. 

What You’ll Do Here

  • Act as a legal swiss-army knife, working independently across several different legal practice  areas, but with a particular focus on commercial and regulatory issues and building out Orchard’s  products and services in compliance with the legal and regulatory frameworks governing  residential real estate.
  • Act as the go-to person for legal and regulatory issues related to mortgage brokering and lending.
  • Work with our mortgage company to build out that company’s product and service offerings and  delivery, as well as policies, controls, and structure to be compliant with applicable federal and  state legal frameworks, while also taking a leadership role in expanding its reach into additional  states. 
  • Work with our title companies to help innovate, streamline and create customer delight in the  delivery of those companies’ services, all while maintaining compliance with applicable state laws  and regulations. 
  • Partner with our Product & Engineering Teams to design and iterate how our products and  services are provided to customers, helping to intelligently balance innovation and growth with  legal and regulatory risk. 
  • Engage with and build relationships with state regulators, in particular in connection with  expansion of our businesses into new states, our ongoing operational compliance, and any regulatory inquiries or examinations that may arise. 
  • Manage outside law firms across a variety of practice areas, while balancing cost and  effectiveness in the delivery of legal services to our stakeholders. 
  • Contribute to the continued development and improvement of our Data Privacy and Information  Security policies, practices and procedures.  
  • Since Orchard is an early stage growth company, you also may have the opportunity to be  involved in both equity and debt financings, involving both venture capital as well as traditional  debt and equity capital providers. 

We’d Love to Hear From You if You

  • Are a broad-based attorney with 7-12 years of experience in the commercial and/or regulatory space, gained ideally through a combination of law firm and in-house roles of increasing visibility  and responsibility. 
  • Have experience with the laws and regulatory framework related to lending (required), including but not  limited to the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Fair Housing Act (FHAct), the Equal Credit  Opportunity Act (ECOA), and Gramm Leach Bliley Act (GLBA).
  • Prior experience with a mortgage company or mortgage lender, in  particular a tech-focused mortgage lender is strongly preferred.
  • Have solid experience with commercial contracts, whether negotiating from a commercial  perspective or reviewing from a regulatory perspective, including leading negotiations or  discussions with large companies. 
  • Have experience navigating the application of evolving and sometimes overlapping regulations in  a business context. 
  • Are an entrepreneur who sees ambiguity as opportunity, and obstacles as chances to build new  solutions. 
  • Can successfully work independently with little guidance, but also to use good judgment and  escalate issues when needed. 
  • Eager to collaborate and comfortable and effective at building strong relationships with people  across a variety of functional teams, skill sets and levels of professional experience.
  • Have a demonstrated drive for results, work ethic and ability to prioritize risks and projects to  focus on what’s important, get things done, and seize opportunities. 
  • Have meticulous attention to detail and excellent planning and organization skills.
  • Have experience with Data Privacy regimes and implementation of the related policies and  procedures, though this is by no means required. 
  • Have a state bar admission in good standing.

Why Orchard

We're proud to be recognized by Glassdoor, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company and Forbes on their lists of best places to work. We also have a 4.9 Glassdoor rating! Orchard is building the first one-stop-shop in real estate and we’re bringing together the most innovative professionals across real estate, business, marketing, technology and design. We also have some pretty great perks:

  • Equity participation
  • Flexible PTO
  • Up to 18 weeks of paid family leave
  • Employee discount on Orchard’s services

We're currently working from home until it's safe for employees to return to the office. We anticipate returning later this year and are excited to welcome people back to our offices and see one another in person. Until then, your interviews will all happen virtually. If there is anything we can do to make your process easier, don't hesitate to let us know! 

Orchard is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

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An Insider's view of Orchard

How does your team reward individual success?

We recognize employees in a variety of ways on a regular basis. At Orchard feedback is a gift and every employee truly lives out our company values. Our team makes a point to shout out individual successes in our #shoutouts channel in Slack and every month during Town Hall. Not an ounce of hard work goes unnoticed!!

Leah

Executive Assistant

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

Each home is unique and comes with its own challenges and surprises. Even though our team has been through hundreds of transactions, we're always learning, growing, and improving our process with each home we acquire. On the engineering side, that means never being satisfied and constantly pushing ourselves to iterate quickly and deliver quality.

Toni

Engineering

What makes someone successful on your team?

Curiosity, scrappiness, and a sense of urgency. We move quickly to accomplish our goals, but leave time and space to think outside the box. All of our functional areas work together to build an exceptional brand, product, and customer experience, so communication and collaboration are key skills as well.

Steph

Marketing

What is your vision for the company?

We're looking to make buying and selling a home as easy as trading in a car. We believe that through technology, human-centered design, and exceptional operations we can remove the friction from the biggest financial transaction of our customers' lives. As a team, we get to make real progress towards achieving this vision every day.

Phil

Growth & CX

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

At Orchard, our mission is to provide the most stress-free, fair and simple way to buy a home. The Investments team that I lead contributes to this mission by providing a fair market value estimation for our customers’ homes. Our approach integrates human judgement alongside an internal valuation algorithm to price every home.

Ray

Investments Manager

What are Orchard Perks + Benefits

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Paid industry certifications
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