Associate Counsel Legal in Jersey City, NJ at Jackson Hewitt

Date Posted: 8/9/2018

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    10 Exchange Place
    Jersey City, NJ
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  • Experience:
    7 to 10 years
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Job Description

At Jackson Hewitt, we are working hard for the hardest working and we are on a mission to completely change the way our customers engage with their personal finances. Jackson Hewitt combines the fun, fast-paced culture of a startup with the scale and reputation of one of the nation’s largest retailers (over 6,000 locations).

At Jackson Hewitt we have a passion for our employees and our customers. We recognize and appreciate that our team members are our single greatest competitive advantage. Being an industry leader requires a consistent focus on quality, innovation, performance and results.


At Jackson Hewitt, we are working hard for the hardest working Americans.  Jackson Hewitt combines the fun, fast-paced culture of a startup with the scale and reputation of one of the nation’s largest retailers.  This role offers the chance to work on critical strategic initiatives, gain unparalleled access to Company leadership, strong opportunities for advancement within the organization, and highly competitive compensation that reflects our commitment to our talent.  Jackson Hewitt partners with banking and other regulated financial institutions in order to offer tax-time and non-tax time loan and other financial products and promotions that are appealing to Jackson Hewitt’s core customer base (including the Express Refund Advance, Early Access Line of Credit, Assisted Refund, guarantee products, and prepaid debit card offerings). 


  • Reviewing, researching and analyzing the laws and regulations applicable to consumer financial products offered through Jackson Hewitt distribution channels, and advising business leaders on key regulatory and compliance requirements and any associated risks. 

  • Identifying issues and provides helpful risk-rated guidance to the business is a critical part of this role.  The Associate General Counsel will act as the primary point-of-contact for the legal needs of the Financial Products Department.

  • Working directly with business leaders in strategizing to develop new loan and other financial products, entering new lines of business, and making changes to existing products and services in order to make such products more appealing to Jackson Hewitt’s core customer. 

  • Understanding Jackson Hewitt’s contractual commitments to key financial institution business partners surrounding each financial product offered, advising the business with respect to the same as needed.

  • Assisting in the negotiation and drafting process for new contracts and / or revisions to existing contracts in the area of financial products.  To the extent external counsel is utilized in the contracting process, the Associate General Counsel will be responsible for close management of external counsel from a cost efficiency standpoint. 

  • Advising on, and helping to implement, applicable financial services compliance requirements, including those in connection with any current or future regulatory regime directly applicable to Jackson Hewitt (the company is currently licensed as a loan broker / credit service organization in a number of states) and those to which the business is indirectly subject as a result of offering bank or other financial institution-originated products.

  • Management of regulatory examinations / compliance audits by Federal and / or state financial services regulators, and participating in periodic reviews and risk assessments of entity compliance with Federal, state, and local laws and internal policies & procedures, in consultation with Jackson Hewitt’s Director of Internal Audit.

  • Performing other duties as may be assigned from time-to-time by the General Counsel


  • Bachelor's Degree; Juris Doctor from a nationally recognized and ABA accredited law school.
  • New Jersey bar admission or bar admission of another State with ability to seek limited in-house licensure in New Jersey within required timeframe.
  • Minimum 7-10 years of experience practicing law, and minimum 5 years of experience working with a focus on regulated financial services.  A combination of both law firm and in-house experience is a strong plus but not a requirement. 
  • Significant experience working with Dodd-Frank Act and other Federal and state financial service-related laws and regulations (including the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts or Practices (UDAP/UDAAP) limitations, Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLBA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography And Marketing Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM Act), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Telemarketing Sales Rule, and Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN).
  • Direct experience navigating regulatory examinations / compliance audits by Federal and / or state financial service regulators (e.g., CFPB, OCC, FDIC, NYDFS, etc.).
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, with an ability to deliver clear and concise recommendations to the General Counsel and key business leaders.
  • Strong organizational, project management, and problem solving skills; prioritization and the ability to multi-task, including the ability to pivot in order to meet changed business priorities and expectations, are each important skills for this position.
  • The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated and self-directed individual with strong judgment, and someone who is always thinking about better ways of doing things. 
  • Prior experience or familiarity with the tax preparation business and / or tax-related or other “specialty” financial products (such as the refund advance and assisted refund products) is a strong plus but not a requirement.
  • Experience working within a franchise or other business with multi-unit operations is a strong plus but not a requirement.  Experience working with financial products distributed via an on-line platform is also a strong plus.

We appreciate your interest in Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Company’s policy is not to discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age (40 and over), disability, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service also prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories. It is also Jackson Hewitt Tax Service’s policy to comply with all applicable state and federal laws respecting consideration of unemployment status in making hiring decisions.


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