Executive Director, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary

What You'll Do

The Executive Director, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary will work closely with the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Legal Officer and other senior officers, as applicable, to tailor the Board’s governance framework to fit OCC’s and its directors’ needs.  Support the Board in carrying out its fiduciary duties.  Help ensure compliance with governance requirements in Delaware corporate law and applicable regulatory standards.  

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily.

  • Work closely with the Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to develop, maintain, and revise Board agendas, Board-level committee agendas, and management-level agendas consistent with corporate requirements in charters, corporate governance principles, or By-Laws.

  • Set Board, Board-level committee, and management-level committee meeting schedules and ensure compliance with applicable Delaware corporate law, charter requirements, and regulatory standards.

  • Review Board presentation materials for adequacy, consistency (across reporting and with respect to prior reports), user-friendliness, and overall quality.   Ensure that presentation materials are provided to appropriate senior officers for review and to Board or Board-level committee for consideration with sufficient time to permit close review and efficient discussion of materials at the Board meeting.

  • Attend Board and Board-level committee meetings, as necessary, and draft, distribute, and maintain Board and Board-level committee meeting minutes.  Oversee process by which management-level committee meetings are minuted.

  • Oversee annual governance processes to confirm annual requirements were met.

  • Manage Annual Stockholder Meeting processes and oversee preparation of Stockholder documentation.

  • Oversee the corporate registration processes for the company.

  • Assist with the oversight of internal governance processes within the company.

  • Provide general advice with respect to corporate governance matters to directors and senior officers both inside and outside of Board meetings, including with respect to director fiduciary obligations.

  • Facilitate Director on-boarding and resignation processes.

  • Maintain and update director orientation materials, create director education program, and ensure directors are notified of director development, training, and educational opportunities. 

  • Prepare and maintain materials for the annual Board and committee self-evaluations and prepare director skill matrices.

  • Review Board independence and other director qualifications issues per Delaware corporate governance and applicable regulatory standards and consult regarding potential conflicts-of-interest.

  • Review and revise as appropriate Board and Board-level committee charters annually.

  • Liaise with regulators, auditors, and others on corporate governance matters, as necessary.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None


The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary functions.

  • Prior experience in securities and commodity laws and regulations.

  • Prior experience working with regulatory agencies and familiarity with regulations under Dodd-Frank and other applicable financial regulations preferred.

  • Thorough understanding of Delaware corporate law, preferred.

  • Experience in corporate governance with a regulated entity, particularly a self-regulatory organization with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, preferred.

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to manage medium to high complexity matters with a significant degree of independence.

  • Ability to expeditiously identify and assess issues and provide legally sound recommendations consistent with good business practices and reason.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Excellent writing skills.

  • Detail-oriented, flexible, and creative.

  • Well-organized and capable of handling several substantial assignments at the same time.

  • Self-starter with ability to work independently as well as on a team and to quickly shift priorities in response to changing business environment or priorities.

  • Ability to work collaboratively, including through effective communication, with internal clients from different departments at various levels of seniority.

  • Ability to promptly produce high-quality, accurate, and detailed work product

Technical Skills:

  • Microsoft Office (Excel, Word)

Education and/or Experience:

  • 8-10 years of relevant experience at a law firm or corporate in-house position.

  • Juris Doctor or equivalent degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university.

  • Admitted to practice law in Illinois.

Certificates or Licenses:

  • None

Who We Are

The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization. Founded in 1973, OCC is dedicated to promoting stability and market integrity by delivering clearing and settlement services for options, futures and securities lending transactions. As a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility (SIFMU), OCC operates under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. OCC has more than 100 clearing members and provides central counterparty (CCP) clearing and settlement services to 19 exchanges and trading platforms. More information about OCC is available at www.theocc.com.

What We Offer

A highly collaborative and supportive environment developed to encourage work-life balance and employee wellness. Some of these components include:

A hybrid work environment, up to 3 days per week of remote work

Tuition Reimbursement to support your continued education

Student Loan Repayment Assistance

Technology Stipend allowing you to use the device of your choice to connect to our network while working remotely

Generous PTO and Parental leave

Competitive health benefits including medical, dental and vision

Step 1
When you find a position you're interested in, click the 'Apply' button. Please complete the application and attach your resume.  

Step 2
You will receive an email notification to confirm that we've received your application.

Step 3
If you are called in for an interview, a representative from OCC will contact you to set up a date, time, and location. 

For more information about OCC, please click here.

OCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Apply About OCC
  • REQ-2896
  • Chicago - 125 S Franklin
  • Full Time Regular
  • Posted: Sep. 19, 2022

How to Apply

Step 1 - When you find a position you're interested in, click the 'Apply' button. Please complete the application and attach your resume.

Step 2 - You will receive an email notification to confirm that we've received your application.

Step 3 - If you are called in for an interview, a representative from OCC will contact you to set up a date, time, and location.

OCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Numerous studies have shown that people from groups that are traditionally under-represented in financial services apply to jobs only if they believe they meet 100% of the requirements. We want to break down this mindset to further diversify our workforce.

We encourage you to review our open positions and apply if you think your experience may be a match, even if you do not meet all of the qualifications. Your perspective may be an element we need to continue building innovative solutions to support the markets and market participants we serve.

OCC is a globally recognized entity that clears a multitude of diverse and sophisticated products. We want to reflect this in the diversity of our workforce.

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