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Senior Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary

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Date Posted: Jun 16, 2022

Location(s): New York, NY, US, 10166

Company: MetLife

PositionSenior Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary  


Job Location: 200 Park Avenue


Department: Corporate Secretary’s Office, Legal Affairs


The Role:

This attorney will provide effective, responsive and strategic legal advice on corporate governance and other public company matters as part of MetLife’s Corporate Secretary’s Office.  The attorney will have an impact on MetLife’s corporate governance, which facilitates decision-making by the Board of Directors and executive management.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic advice and expert counsel on public company corporate governance legal aspects (e.g., drafting and providing rule check of proxy statement, shareholder proposals and “no action” requests, SEC and NYSE disclosure requirements).
  • Partner effectively with executives from various businesses and functional areas to produce Board of Directors memoranda, presentations, resolutions, disclosures and other communications, and related materials.
  • Assist in the operations of the corporate secretarial function; e.g., organizing agendas, logistics, minute drafting and execution of Board meetings.
  • Supervise the work of two legal assistants.
  • Analyze Directors and Officers Questionnaires and determine director independence, financial literacy and qualifications under New York Stock Exchange and Securities and Exchange Commission requirements.
  • Review and periodically update Bylaws, Corporate Governance Guidelines, Board Committee Charters and other governance documents, ensuring they meet all requirements and are consistent with best practices.
  • Support the Board of Directors’ annual board evaluation, handling of shareholder proposals, onboarding of new directors, processing of director compensation payments and related disclosures, and other such activites as may be necessary.


Key Relationships:

  • Reports to: Deputy Corporate Secretary, Assistant General Counsel and Public Company Governance Practice Group Lead
  • Key Stakeholders: Board of Directors, Executive Leadership Team, senior management, Legal Affairs colleagues. 


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:

  • J.D. degree
  • Three or more years of legal experience in public company on corporate governance matters, including board meeting support.
  • Ability to identify and resolve legal issues related to public company corporate governance and disclosure through research, analysis, and developing practical and well-reasoned solutions.
  • Familiarity with SEC rules, NYSE rules, and related considerations, particularly as they apply to public company disclosures, board composition, director independence, conflicts, and related person transactions.
  • Draft and edit effective corporate governance documents and communications such as Board and Committee charters, corporate bylaws, Board memoranda and presentations, with scrupulous attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Communicate effectively and with precision, both orally and in writing.
  • Able to work independently; exercise good judgment in determining when to consult management, colleagues, and clients.
  • Handle substantial and varied workload and time sensitive situations effectively, with the ability to prioritize
  • Familiarity with environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues is a plus
  • In-house experience not required, but a plus


MetLife Success Principles

  • Experiment with Confidence – Courageously learn and test new ideas without fear of failure
  • Act with Urgency – Demonstrate speed to action with agility and determination
  • Seek Diverse Perspectives – Source ideas and feedback to expand thinking and make informed decisions
  • Seize Opportunity – Drive responsible growth and identify areas for continuous improvement
  • Champion Inclusion – Foster an environment where everyone is valued, heard, and can speak up
  • Create Alignment – Partner with others across the organization with candor and transparency
  • Take Responsibility – Be accountable and act in pursuit of the right outcomes
  • Enable Solutions – Anticipate and address obstacles while managing risk
  • Deliver What Matters – Execute meaningful priorities and follow through on commitments




MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


We are one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with $669 billion of total assets under management as of December 31, 2021. We are ranked #46 on the Fortune 500 list for 2021. In 2020, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies. We are proud to have been named to Fortune magazine’s 2021 list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.”      


MetLife is committed to building a purpose-driven and inclusive culture that energizes our people. Our employees work every day to help build a more confident future for people around the world.


We want to make it simple for all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities with MetLife.  If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to or call our Employee Relations Department at 1-877-843-3711.


MetLife is a proud Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at MetLife without regards to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.



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