The Office of the Corporate Secretary at TIAA is currently seeking a Deputy Corporate Secretary to lead corporate secretarial and governance matters for the Company’s Boards, subsidiaries, and affiliate organizations. The incumbent will be the lead lawyer for the TIAA Board of Trustees, the Company’s primary governing board, with frequent and direct connectivity both to Board members and senior executives. This role will advise Board members in relation to their roles and responsibilities, and counsel senior management and business segments in relation to their board engagement (including in satisfaction of legal and regulatory requirements), ensuring Board members have high-quality information and resources to carry out their duties. The Deputy Corporate Secretary will partner with business area leadership to understand plans and business needs and generate near-term solutions, as well as provide recommendations for longer-term strategies.
Counsel executive leadership, boards of directors, and business teams on all issues related to corporate governance.
Manage the development of Board and committee agendas and meeting materials for each meeting cycle, including by providing strategic and editorial direction to meeting presenters and contributors on their meeting materials and content.
Draft and interpret materials related to governance framework, including bylaws, board resolutions, and consents.
Oversee framework for provision of corporate board governance support for global subsidiaries (which includes board and committee meeting administration, preparation of resolutions, certifications, minutes and other board materials reflecting board action).
Assure company’s corporate governance framework aligns with applicable laws and regulations and emerging best practices under New York Insurance Law, Delaware corporate law, Federal Reserve Board of Governors guidance; and relevant NYSE and NASDAQ listing standards.
Design,document and follow key corporate secretarial and corporate governance processes and procedures.
Coordinate outside counsel on matters; discuss and manage outside counsel fee negotiations on a team / relationship basis.
Handle governance aspects of complex transactions and other critical matters to advance key business objectives.
Anticipate and address complex legal issues, including providing legal advice on regulatory and legislative developments.
Lead project teams for Corporate Secretarial area and broader Law, Risk & Compliance area.
Support and/or lead related governance groups, committees or processes.
Manage attorney and legal analysts.
Manage expenses and outside counsel with participation in budget development.
May discuss budget and resource needs with business unit partners at the direction of division General Counsel.
Promote team-based development of strategies and processes designed to effectively understand plans and business needs and generate near-term solutions, as well as provide recommendations for longer-term strategies.
Engage team collaboration to recommend key legal and/or business strategies to management; to advise senior management and business segments on various aspects of their business and enhance understanding of corresponding legal ramifications.
The successful candidate will have the following:
Juris Doctorate Degree
6+ years of legal work as a licensed attorney, preferably in one of the following specialties Corporate (Business Affairs), Employment, Broker Dealer, Litigation, Tax, Regulatory, Pension / ERISA, Mortgage & Real Estate, Securities, Insurance.
Minimum of 8 years of experience in a senior leadership role that is accustomed to providing high level service and influence.
Relevant experience working with a Board of Directors in a strategic and advisory capacity.
Strong grounding in corporate governance matters.
Highly developed interpersonal skills including the ability to maintain strict confidentiality and demonstrate discretion in communications with others.
Enthusiastic, inquisitive and robust approach- committed to pursuing and exploring all issues relevant to the business and the governance of the company.
Proven track record in managing competing priorities and working effectively under pressure when facing short deadlines and a dynamic flow of information.
Professional credibility and maturity to effectively engage and influence members of the senior leadership team and colleagues across the company.
Confidence, and the ability to drive a strategic outlook with the gravitas, capability, and intellect to command respect both internally and externally with senior stakeholders, provide credible challenge, and negotiate through conflict.
Exceptionally organized, process oriented, attentive to detail, and able to work collaboratively and cross functionally, conduct research, and communicate and write and present in a manner fit for executive and director-level communications.
Founded over 100 years ago by one of history’s great philanthropists, Andrew Carnegie, TIAA is a Fortune 100 financial services company and the market-leading retirement system for individuals who work in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields. The organization is the category leader with approximately five million active and retired employees of more than 15,000 institutions. The Company’s mission and unique position create a competitive advantage in the market.
The organization is headquartered in New York City with major operations in Charlotte, North Carolina and Denver, Colorado, as well as some 141 local offices nationwide and 204 offices in 22 countries. The company has approximately $1.3 trillion in assets under management (as of 3/31/21) and over 15,000 employees.
TIAA’s retirement plans provide participating institutions and individuals with a range of options to help meet their retirement plan administration and savings goals as well as income and wealth protection needs. They include variable annuities, mutual funds, tax-deferred and after-tax annuities, IRAs and brokerage accounts. The firm provides quality investment management wit...h 98% of the company's mutual funds and annuity accounts receiving an overall Morningstar rating of three or more stars across all asset classes. 64% received a rating of four or five stars. For more details about our products and services, visit: www.tiaa.org.
TIAA offers solutions that provide lifetime financial security, consistent with their mission-based, not-for-profit heritage. TIAA’s vision is to be the #1 provider of lifetime financial security. The company also offers an array of individual financial products and services to the general public.
In recent years, the organization has undergone transformational changes. Today, under the leadership of CEO, Thasunda Brown Duckett, TIAA is making exceptional progress as it continues to execute against strategies developed to enhance growth, service and overall performance all for the benefit of the company’s participants. While remaining true to its mission of serving those who serve others, virtually every aspect of the organization has undergone an upgrade and modernization. In addition to major changes in personnel and infrastructure including technology, risk management and the operating platform, enormous progress has been made in expanding product and service offerings, emphasizing and improving client service, developing new marketing and advertising campaigns to increase brand awareness, and generally altering the culture of the organization to an outward, market-focused, continuous improvement, constant state-of-readiness environment.
The acquisition of Nuveen Investments ("Nuveen"), a diversified investment management company, further strengthened TIAA as a leading provider of retirement and financial services and significantly expanded the products and services available to help customers achieve financial well-being at all stages of their lives.
In 2017, TIAA acquired Everbank, a $28 billion bank that offers a broad selection of banking, lending and investing products to consumers and businesses nationwide, now known as TIAA FSB. With these acquisitions, the Company has amassed the major building blocks for a highly successful retail financial services business.
As the company works to fulfill its mission and achieve its vision in the 21st century, TIAA’s strategic direction is driven, as always, by the present and future needs and aspirations of our clients. In 2010, the company introduced its long-term strategic path, Vision 2020 which guided the transformation of the company over the last decade. In 2020, TIAA introduced “Win with Purpose Together” to continue the progress the company has made with expanding its services to the broader not-for-profit market.
In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 TIAA was named the “Best Large Overall Fund Company” by Lipper as part of their U.S Lipper Fund Awards based on risk-adjusted performance against 39 peers. In 2020, TIAA was named Best Fixed Income Large Fund Company. TIAA is also the #1 manager of farmland assets in the world and among the top five largest commercial real estate managers in the world. In 2021, TIAA was named one of DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for the eighth year in a row.