Director, Corporate Counsel NJ or IL

  • American Water
  • Jun 22, 2021
Full time Other

Job Description

Dir Corp Counsel IL or NJ

Diversity of backgrounds, ideas, thoughts, and experiences is vital to our culture and the way we do business.  Creating an environment where differences are embraced and where every person feels engaged and included makes us safer, stronger, and more successful. 

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company.  The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states.  American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing.  For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Primary Role

Provide legal and compliance counsel and advice to American Water’s Homeowner Services Business Unit.

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide advice and counsel on a pro-active basis to executives, senior managers and employees with respect to legal and compliance issues affecting the business (marketing, operations, commercial transactions, regulatory, litigation, business development, corporate governance) with a particular focus on operations. (60%)
  • Review, draft and negotiate vendor and other commercial agreements. (30%)
  • Serve as a member of the functional legal team and support Division General Counsel in building the capabilities of the team. Perform other projects as assigned by the Division General Counsel. Manage outside counsel with respect to legal matters and assist in evaluation of quality, cost, and efficiency of outside counsel. (10%)


  • Extensive experience reviewing, drafting and negotiating a wide variety of commercial contracts balancing legal and business risks.
  • Expertise in home warranty/home service contracts, insurance, marketing and/or consumer focused laws is a plus, but not required.
  • Experience effectively handling a variety of matters displaying strong business acumen.
  • Experience in providing timely and effective practical corporate and commercial legal advice and services.
  • Able to effectively spot legal issues and determine practical, workable options for resolving them.
  • Results-focused experience, has worked in fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills (e.g. presentation, fluency, report writing).  Strong interpersonal skills (e.g. tact/diplomacy, persuasion, negotiation, cooperation) including ability to work effectively with all levels throughout the organization.  


  • At least 7-10 years of experience as a licensed, practicing attorney with significant experience drafting and negotiating commercial contracts.
  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
  • License to practice law in IL or NJ (as applicable) or ability to obtain in-house license within 6 months of hire date.  

Travel Requirements

Up to 10-15% when travel is permitted.


Drives Safety Culture

Drives Vision & Purpose

Strategic & Learning Agility

Political & Organizational Savvy

Builds Effective Teams & Network

Situational Adaptability


Join American Water...We Keep Life Flowing

American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.