Nelnet is a student loan servicer that's grown into a fiber internet pioneer, real estate investor, and software provider. But that's just the beginning. With 6,500 associates and growing, we take our business wherever superior customer experiences and ingenuity are needed.
The perks of working at Nelnet go beyond our benefits package. When you join the Nelnet team, you're part of a community invested in the success of each individual. That support comes through in our work, as we are united by our mission of creating opportunities for people where they live, learn, and work.
Under the direction of the General Counsel and Senior Legal Counsel, this role is responsible for managing all aspects of both significant and routine litigation matters, including fact investigation, strategy development, discovery, motion practice, mediation, settlement negotiations, trial and appeal. The Legal Counsel will collaborate with in house attorneys, compliance professionals, and business operations staff and management in the identification, mitigation, and prevention of litigation risk. The Legal Counsel will manage outside counsel and others in the management of cases on Nelnet’s behalf. There is an emphasis on proactive monitoring, risk identification, and escalation.
This position requires work in support of the Company’s contract with the United States Department of Education (“ED”). As such, the United States Government requires that any applicant for this position must complete United States Government security clearance. Effective June 1, 2018, ED has informed Nelnet that security clearance applications for foreign nationals are not being accepted or processed. In light of this direction from ED, Nelnet will be unable to hire applicants without United States citizenship for such positions.
At Nelnet, we are strong because we are inclusive. Everyone has the opportunity to learn, thrive and grow. Working together, we strive to erase disparities, promote justice, and end inequity. No one should be discriminated against because of their immutable qualities, such as age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, religion or sexual orientation.
We are committed to creating a workplace where people from all social identities and backgrounds feel welcome and can thrive. We believe our rich diversity makes us more innovative, more competitive, and more creative, which helps us better serve our clients and communities. Nelnet is committed to being a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Responding to business inquiries regarding disputes, regulatory, bankruptcy, and litigation matters. 2. Managing national civil and bankruptcy litigation case load, including docketing, managing preservation requirements, early case assessment, working with outside counsel, strategy, briefing, discovery, mediation, and resolution. 3. Coordinating internal eDiscovery email and document collection, conducting document review for production, and assisting with productions. 4. Identifying and preparing operational associates for depositions, and attend depositions. 5. Preparing for and attending case mediations and settlement conferences. 6. Coordinating and handling small claims actions. 7. Working with business segments to conduct root cause analyses, and recommend process improvements. 8. Ensuring consistent strategy across business lines and jurisdictions. 9. Reporting for Board, Executives, and General Counsel on litigation trends, costs, risks, and strategies on mitigating risk. 10. Working with Risk and Compliance teams to identify potential issues/gaps in procedures or training. 11. Working with our internal insurance team and insurance carriers as to case statuses, strategies and risk assessment. 12. Review subpoena responses and coordinate subsequent requests.
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Law
EXPERIENCE: 1. 3-5 years practicing litigation or in a law firm, and/or managing litigation or regulatory compliance in a corporate law department. 2. Admitted, active, and in good standing with the State Bar of Nebraska (or another state bar).
COMPETENCIES – SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES: 1. Demonstrates excellent judgment, professional demeanor, business acumen, and executive presence. 2. Collaborates with colleagues, peers, and other key stakeholders and leads efforts in the organization. 3. Possesses excellent analytical and drafting skills. 4. Demonstrates and drives a commitment to integrity and accountability. 5. Has a general understanding of business financials and reporting. 6. Possesses excellent organizational skills and ability to manage numerous projects and conflicting demands in a fast-paced environment. 7. Demonstrates excellent communications and interpersonal skills and the ability to convey complex legal principles clearly and concisely at all levels, including senior executive level, of corporate organization. 8. Maintains highly sensitive and confidential information.
Our benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, HSA and FSA, generous earned time off, 401K/student loan repayment, life insurance & AD&D insurance, employee assistance program, employee stock purchase program, tuition reimbursement, performance-based incentive pay, short- and long-term disability, and a robust wellness program. Click here to learn more about our benefits: LINK.
Nelnet is an Equal Opportunity Employer, complies with Executive Order 11246, and takes affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, national origin, gender, or sex, marital status, age, disability, use of a guide dog or service animal, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or any other status protected by Federal or State law or local ordinance. Qualified individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to apply or compete for positions at Nelnet may request such accommodations by contacting Nelnet Corporate Recruiting.
Qualified individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to apply or compete for positions at Nelnet may request such accommodations by contacting Corporate Recruiting at 402-486-5725 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nelnet is a Drug Free and Tobacco Free Workplace.
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Nelnet Business Services
Payment technology, school administration software, and community management solutions for K-12 schools, higher education institutions, churches, and businesses.
Nelnet Communications Services
Connects homes and businesses in Nebraska and Colorado with fiber internet, TV, and phone services.
Nelnet Diversified Services
Provides customer service for student loan borrowers, technology related to student loan customer service, and outsourcing services for guaranty agencies.
Nelnet Financial Services
Private student loans, student loan refinancing, and life and disability insurance to assist students and families.