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Director, Legal, Employment

New York, NY

Every great story has a new beginning, and yours starts here.


Welcome to Warner Bros. Discovery… the stuff dreams are made of.


Who We Are… 

When we say, “the stuff dreams are made of,” we’re not just referring to the world of wizards, dragons and superheroes, or even to the wonders of Planet Earth. Behind WBD’s vast portfolio of iconic content and beloved brands, are the storytellers bringing our characters to life, thecreators bringing them to your living rooms and the dreamers creating what’s next…


From brilliant creatives, to technology trailblazers, across the globe, WBD offers career defining opportunities, thoughtfully curated benefits, and the tools to explore and grow into your best selves. Here you are supported, here you are celebrated, here you can thrive.


Your New Role

Warner Bros. Discovery. seeks a Director, Employment Counsel for the Corporate Legal department. The incumbent will work closely with the internal legal team and the business to provide day-to-day advice and subject matter expertise across the full range of employee relations and other labor and employment issues across our US and Canadian footprints. The attorney will interpret the latest employment legislation and case law into practical, straight forward language to deliver workable solutions for the business. 


Your Role Accountabilities

  • Act as the subject matter expert on employment legal issues by providing ongoing day-to-day advice and guidance to People & Culture (P&C) partners, business leaders and management, on the full range of initiatives with legal implications, e.g. employee relations issues, internal complaints of harassment or discrimination, organizational restructuring (RIFs), policy/regulatory compliance, new legal requirements etc.
  • Support People and Culture and Legal projects, programs and enterprise initiatives providing guidance from an employment legal perspective
  • Ability to supervise, manage and evaluate outside counsel on employment related matters including responding to demand letters and EEOC charges and handling litigation.
  • Advise People Relations (WBD Investigations Team) team on employee investigations
  • Analyze, draft, review, and revise employee-related agreements, policies, and programs that govern employment and contingent worker/independent contractor relationships


Qualifications & Experience

  • Minimum 7 years practice in labor/employment law field, including law firm experience.
  • In-house employment experience strongly preferred, ideally in a comparable industry.
  • Litigation experience required; trial experience preferred.
  • Must have Juris Doctor from an accredited law school in the United States.
  • Membership in the New York State Bar in good standing or willingness and qualification to be registered as in-house counsel in New York State
  • A good sense of business judgement and ability to make difficult decisions while keeping key stakeholders informed
  • Clear and concise communicator (both orally and written) with the ability to present and distil legally complex issues into legally compliant but practical and commercial solutions, in a way that is understood by key stakeholders.
  • Ability to collaborate across departments/divisions bringing multiple stakeholders together to drive a common resolution
  • Must be able to prepare, negotiate, and interpret agreements and other legal documents
  • Must be able to research legal questions and provide written and oral advice
  • Strong interpersonal skills in dealing with a wide range of clients, and ability to prioritize while handling multiple responsibilities
  • Solid work ethic and an interest in building a team committed to quality and excellence
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Calm under pressure, clear thinking, well organized, proactive and grasps concepts quickly
  • Emotionally intelligent outlook – must have the ability to diffuse and calm others
  • Inclusive behavior – ensuring that all key stakeholders are consistently kept in the loop
  •  Should excel in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision
  • Ability to manage own time judiciously and deal effectively with competing interests


How We Get Things Done…

This last bit is probably the most important! Here at WBD, our guiding principles are the core values by which we operate and are central to how we get things done. You can find them at www.wbd.com/guiding-principles/  along with some insights from the team on what they mean and how they show up in their day to day. We hope they resonate with you and look forward to discussing them during your interview.


The Legal Bits…

In compliance with local law, we are disclosing the compensation, or a range thereof, for roles in locations where legally required. Actual salaries will vary based on several factors, including but not limited to external market data, internal equity, location, skill set, experience, and/or performance. Base pay is just one component of Warner Bros. Discovery’s total compensation package for employees. Pay Range: $145,250.00 - $269,750.00 salary per year. Other rewards may include annual bonuses, short- and long-term incentives, and program-specific awards.


In addition, Warner Bros. Discovery provides a variety of benefits to employees, including health insurance coverage, an employee wellness program, life and disability insurance, a retirement savings plan, paid holidays and sick time and vacation.Warner Bros. Discovery embraces the opportunity to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of our society and the world around us.


Being an equal opportunity employer means that we take seriously our responsibility to consider qualified candidates on the basis of merit, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or any other category protected by law.If you’re a qualified candidate and you require adjustments or accommodations to search for a job opening or apply for a position, please contact us at [email protected].

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