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Senior Paralegal

Company: Columbia BankSystem, Inc.
Location: Springfield
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Job Description:

Responsibilities:


  • Develop, manage and maintain policies and procedures related to the retention of outside counsel for matters other than those originating in the Corporate Legal Department, with a goal of managing risk and expense associated with such retention
  • Develop and maintain a Service-Level Agreement (SLA) for the provision of internal legal services
  • Serve as an internal point of contact for bank personnel requiring the assistance of outside counsel to approve and arrange for such services in compliance with approved policies and procedures, ensuring focused counsel with requisite and relevant expertise
  • When appropriate, serve as an internal point of contact for outside counsel, facilitating timely and efficient communication between the bank and counsel
  • Working with outside and internal counsel, develop and maintain libraries of alternative terms for use in loan and bank operations documentation
  • Provide customization of pre-approved loan terms subject to an established SLA
  • Draft, review and/or proofread routine legal documentation at the direction of internal counsel
  • As able, provide support to Bank Operations and branch offices on routine legal matters
  • Assist internal counsel with review, research and strategic development relating legal matters arising out of actual or threatened litigation or regulatory action
  • Stay abreast of developments in federal regulation and state law relating to the bank's business activities
  • Other duties and projects as assigned

    All employees are responsible for internal controls in the performance of their assigned duties. Internal Control responsibilities are established in various policies, procedures, and documents, including the Code of Conduct.

    Minimum Job Requirements:

    • Paralegal certification or proof of successful completion of required paralegal associates degree coursework
    • Eight years of experience as a paralegal or equivalent work experience
    • Working knowledge of the Uniform Commercial Code
    • Working knowledge of Oregon, Idaho and/or Washington statutues and case law relating to secured transactions and creditors rights
    • Working knowledge of Columbia Bank operations and loan policy and procedures
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
    • Demonstrated ability to appropriately prioritize competing interests and handle disgruntled clients and stressful situations in a professional manner
    • Ability to occasionally travel to other bank offices, court hearings and attorney offices
    • Valid driver's license
    • Familiarity with LaserPro loan documentation and Custom Lender system preferred
    • Familiarity with federal regulations and state banking law preferred
    • Familiarity with state and federal court (including bankruptcy court) rules and procedures preferred

      Our Core Behaviors:

      • Be Genuine. Conduct yourself in a consistent, honest and compassionate manner at all times.
      • Work Ethic. Be willing to go the extra mile for the customer, whether internal or external.
      • Influence. Be an active player in participating, building and contributing to service.
      • Continuous Learning. Commit to gaining knowledge, skills and experience on an ongoing basis in order to better serve the customer, increase personal satisfaction and improve Columbia Bank.
      • Team Play. We win together. Individuality is encouraged to advance and enrich the work of the team.
      • Problem Solving. Bring creative, problem-solving mentality to every situation. See alternatives, take initiative and assume responsibility for your actions.
      • Communication. Keep others informed and up-to-date. Actively listen and learn from each other.
      • Have a sense of community. We firmly believe that we're only as strong as the communities we serve. Your involvement is an important part of who we are.

        Physical and Mental Requirements:

        • Ability to sit at a computer monitor for extended periods of time
        • Ability to perform repetitive finger, hand, and arm movements
        • Ability to lift up to 15lbs.
        • Ability to effectively discern information and formulate appropriate action
        • Ability to reach, squat, bend, and manually manipulate standard office equipment

Keywords: Columbia BankSystem, Inc., Springfield , Senior Paralegal, Legal , Springfield, Oregon

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