Assistant General Counsel, Regulatory Affairs

24 Aug, 2023


Assistant General Counsel, Regulatory Affairs

Guardian Life Insurance
New York, NY

Guided by our company Purpose of “Inspiring well-being for our colleagues, consumers, and communities”, we are committed to building a best-in-class Law Department.


We drive a high-performance culture across our Legal, Compliance, and Government Affairs functions. Aligned to “what” we deliver, our goals and “how” we deliver, our values and behaviors demonstrated in delivering against our goals. We do this through demonstrating a series of core capabilities, which include interpersonal effectiveness, ability to demonstrate business savvy, subject matter expertise in your practice area, and leading people and teams, where applicable. Our colleagues, and the candidates we hire are key to the continuing success of our department.


In this role you will join a team of attorneys and staff who handle regulatory matters for Guardian and its subsidiaries. The Assistant General Counsel will provide leadership and strategic regulatory counsel across the enterprise by developing and implementing regulatory engagement strategies to support existing and new business initiatives. The Assistant General Counsel should have experience working in the insurance and securities regulatory environment and should have a command of insurance and securities industry issues. The candidate should be adept at demonstrating regulatory knowledge to actively support business priorities and to work collaboratively with business partners to navigate issues.


The ideal candidate is a regulatory subject matter expert who has previously held one or more roles requiring the following – legal/regulatory issue identification; concurrent project management across multiple teams and projects; collaboration with attorney and non-attorney colleagues, including business leaders; and oral and written advocacy with a variety of clients and before multiple regulators.


You will

  • Provide strategic and day-to-day counsel to the company on a range of regulatory and legal issues impacting all of Guardian’s businesses
  • Effectively manage interactions with regulators, including in response to formal and informal inquiries, exams, requests, and the like, and represent individuals in regulatory testimony
  • Identify and assess potential legal and regulatory issues. Proactively manage issues, involving key partners across the firm as appropriate
  • Handle a portfolio of regulatory matters independently, exercising excellent judgment regarding when to raise issues
  • Support enterprise risk management, including through development of policies and procedures
  • Identify and manage outside counsel, where appropriate
  • Communicate effectively with attorneys, colleagues, and leaders
  • Engage across all business areas to build strong partnerships with colleagues and leaders, including in other Law Department practices (e.g., government affairs and compliance)
  • Maintain awareness of industry trends and external environment (e.g., economic conditions, new regulatory requirements), using insight to inform strategies


You have

  • Law degree (J.D. or equivalent) and New York bar admission required
  • Strong record of relevant experience and progressing responsibility at an insurance or other financial services firm, an insurance or securities regulator, and/or a law firm; or comparable experience with specific focus on applying and interpreting federal and/or state laws and regulations
  • Significant experience directly interacting with state and federal regulatory agencies and investigating and litigating violations of laws and regulations
  • Litigation and government enforcement defense experience is extremely helpful
  • Commitment to the highest level of ethics, integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality


Functional Leadership Skills & Behaviors

Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • Demonstrated ability to use communications and stories to inspire, motivate and influence others. You communicate concisely, with composure and confidence, and in an engaging manner.
  • Go beyond the expected and engage others to do more than what is expected.
  • Proactively seek out leadership or significant project opportunities.


Business Savvy

  • Have taken time to learn and become well-versed in our business. Able to bring your professional expertise to use for business and client needs in a way that makes a significant difference.
  • A strategic end-to-end view when organizing and planning work or initiatives; able to deliver exceptional results and outcomes, including by managing or influencing through others.
  • Find ways to ask insightful questions in creating or shaping solutions. Challenge existing approaches and enlist others in new thinking. Have experience creating a change environment and championing new projects that shape the future.


Legal Expertise

  • A mastery of both written and oral communications with the goal to provide concise, clear messaging to persuade audiences, especially at the executive level.
  • Remain current in your subject matter and demonstrate expert knowledge in your field. You are sought after for advice and counsel. Make ongoing, significant contributions toward achieving team and organizational goals.
  • Bring a solutions-based approach when working with clients, understanding needs to be able to deliver unique solutions to challenging business problems.


Lead by Example

  • Bring your authentic self to work and demonstrate empathy. Create an inclusive environment
  • Prioritize your and others’ well-being.
  • Stay informed and continually develop yourself as a leader. Create capacity for growth.



This position is a Flex 2 category requiring 2 days a week in our office in New York, NY



Salary Range

$167,970.00 – $275,947.50


The salary range reflected above is a good faith estimate of base pay for the primary location of the position. The salary for this position ultimately will be determined based on the education, experience, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate. In addition to salary, this role may also be eligible for annual, sales, or other incentive compensation.



Our Promise


At Guardian, you’ll have the support and flexibility to achieve your professional and personal goals.  Through skill-building, leadership development and philanthropic opportunities, we provide opportunities to build communities and grow your career, surrounded by diverse colleagues with high ethical standards.

Inspire Well-Being


As part of Guardian’s Purpose – to inspire well-being – we are committed to offering contemporary, supportive, flexible, and inclusive benefits and resources to our colleagues.


Health Care

  • Choice of [high deductible/copay] medical plans* with prescription drugs, including coverage for fertility and transgender inclusive benefits
  • Dental plan
  • Vision plan
  • Health care accounts – flexible spending, health reimbursement, and health savings accounts
  • Critical illness insurance


Life and Disability Insurance

  • Company-paid Life and Disability insurance plus voluntary supplemental coverage
  • Accident insurance


Retirement and Financial

  • 401(k) retirement plan with a company match, plus an annual age/service-based Company contribution and an annual profit-sharing contribution, if applicable
  • Complimentary 1:1 financial guidance with a licensed Fidelity representative


Time Off and Remote Work

  • Flexible work arrangements (part in-person/part remote)
  • Unlimited paid time off for most roles plus time off for volunteering, jury duty, voting, and bereavement
  • Personal holidays for colleagues to use in recognition of religious, cultural, or civic days
  • Paid parental leave and paid family and medical leave policies


Emotional Well-being and Work-Life

  • Emotional well-being, mental health, and work/life resources powered by Spring Health
  • Wellness programs, including fitness program and equipment reimbursement
  • Child, adult, and elder back-up care support through Bright Horizons
  • Adoption assistance
  • College planning
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Student loan assistance
  • Commuter benefits in select metropolitan areas


Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (J.E.D.I.)

  • Employee Resource Groups that advocate for inclusion and diversity
  • J.E.D.I. certification and training programs
  • Matching gifts/volunteering


Benefits apply to full-time eligible employees. Interns are not eligible for most Company benefits.


Equal Employment Opportunity


Guardian is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, military or veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.


Guardian is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.  If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact

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Job posted: 2023-08-24