Corporate Counsel - Employment


Delicato Family Vineyards has an exciting immediate career opportunity for a Corporate Counsel-Employment, in our Napa, CA winery. Delicato is a family-owned, family-run, fourth generation wine company with facilities in Napa, Manteca, and Monterey. President and CEO Chris Indelicato's Grandfather, Gaspare Indelicato emigrated from Italy to California and founded the company in 1924. The family continued to expand the winery, purchase prime vineyard land, and craft wine brands that consumers love. Today Delicato is the fastest growing wine company in the Top Ten wine companies in the US, with a diverse portfolio of brands such as Bota Box; Gnarly Head; Delicato's luxury Silverado Trail Black Stallion Estate Winery; Z. Alexander Brown wines made with Grammy-winning performer Zac Brown; and Earth Wise Vineyards from certified organic grapes. POSITION PURPOSE The Corporate Counsel supports the VP & General Counsel and overall business in employment counseling and litigation, corporate policies and procedures, and general corporate representation. The Corporate Counsel will assist the Legal Department in advising the Business and Executive Team on employment matters, directing and managing the Company's litigation load, and reviewing, developing, and updating corporate policies and processes. The attorney will also work with the Legal Operations Specialist and a cross-functional internal team to develop and implement document retention, e-discovery, and other knowledge management policies and procedures. Ad hoc work will also be assigned as determined by business needs. FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY * Understands, communicates, and shares Company vision throughout division/organization and provides cross-functional perspective, direction, and support * Provides leadership and personal support; leads by example * Drives Company focus, manages culture, encourages strong work ethic, and fosters an environment of trust and respect * Communicates and supports Company policies and decisions in a positive manner * Provides input and assists with the monitoring of the department budget ESSENTIAL DUTIES * Works closely with Human Resources Department to provide counsel on all employment matters and related litigation and mediation * Stays abreast of new employment and labor laws and trends, and reports on them to Legal Department members, HR and management, as appropriate * Establishes best practices and templates for use in employment related matters * Works closely with Human Resources as needed to review employee disciplinary actions and to assist with other employee relations issues * Drafts employment agreements and related training and policy materials * Responds to subpoenas, complaints and administrative agency investigations * Identifies practical solutions for avoiding and/or reducing legal risk * Assists the VP & General Counsel in evaluating effectiveness of current corporate policies and researches, designs, and implements new policies and processes as required * Assists the VP & General Counsel and cross-functional team in reviewing, developing, evaluating, implementing, and maintaining comprehensive knowledge management program, including document management and retention and e-discovery * Supports the VP & General Counsel and Business on Mergers & Acquisition Transactions * Works with business and functional leaders as required to assess and advise on legal matters * Researches legal and business issues as required * Manages outside legal counsel as required ensuring competency of work and meeting deadlines NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES * Experience dealing cross-functionally with multiple business groups * Possesses the combination of strategic analysis coupled with a hands-on/can-do attitude * Demonstrated strength of character and ability to excel in a challenging and changing environment during periods of rapid growth * Expertise with simplifying complex and ambiguous problems * Has high level of integrity and interpersonal communication, presentation, and organizational skills * Impeccable communication skills and ability to advise senior executives and maintain strict confidentiality a must *Other duties may be assigned MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS * Bachelor's and Juris Doctor Degree and is a member in good standing with the California Bar * 5 - 8 years of experience as an employment law and litigation attorney in a mid-size or large law firm or in-house legal department * Consumer products industry experience required, with wine industry experience preferred KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES * Excellent written communication skills for advising the General Counsel and other senior leadership, creating reports/presentations, and extensive business and legal correspondence * Aptitude in effectively presenting information and responding to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public * Thorough understanding of state and federal civil procedure, and of California and Federal employment laws and regulations WORKING CONDITIONS * Office Environment * Ability to travel to Manteca office regularly, and other locations as needed WORK STANDARDS * Acts in a manner reflective of the Company culture of High Moral Standards, Innovation and Continuous Evolution, Trust in Team, Continuous Improvement, and Sustainable Relationships * Communicates, interacts, and works effectively with others; receptive to feedback and coaching; voices concerns in a constructive manner * Demonstrates commitment to safety first; communicates safety concerns; promotes a safe work environment based on established safety standards and training * Follows all Company policies and procedures

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Manteca, California
United States