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Director of Legal Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota


Job Location

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota


Applicants in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan area only, please.

Reporting to the General Counsel, this position is responsible for providing proactive and pragmatic legal counsel to Great Clips, Inc. on a variety of issues, including legal obligations involving franchise regulatory matters, commercial real estate transactions, and franchise relationships.  Duties include: counsel for risk management; assistance with the research, preparation and filing of the Company’s annual franchise disclosure document (U.S. and Canada); direction of Company’s franchise Compliance Program and related efforts; commercial lease review and negotiation; litigation management; monitoring various federal/state laws that impact the franchise industry; and other duties as assigned by the General Counsel.

Your Mission

On your journey, you will face challenges like:

  • Provides timely and practical legal counsel to the organization on a wide variety of issues through close collaboration with its different business units, including Operations, Development, Real Estate, Recruiting Services and others.
  • Influences positive business results through identifying and working to implement sound risk mitigation strategies in key areas.
  • Directs the processing of franchise applications, renewals, assignments, defaults and terminations in accordance with federal, state and Canadian provincial laws.
  • Identifies and implements enhancements to Franchise Administration procedures for the purpose of adding greater efficiencies and enhancing collaboration with internal business units.
  • Directs the implementation and technology updates of Great Clips, Inc.’s franchisee Compliance Program, as well as the accuracy of all compliance-related information to ensure that internal data and reports are current, complete, consistent, accurate and appropriate for their intended uses company-wide (e.g., operations, decision-making and planning).
  • Advises executives within the company and works alongside contracting parties to minimize legal risks for a wide variety of agreements including commercial real estate leases, Company guaranteed leases, NDAs, and other business contracts.
  • Participates in committees and teams as requested by applicable business units to provide legal counsel for specific corporate initiatives. 
  • Develops solutions to complex legal questions by researching unique legal issues impacting the organization.

Your Expertise

To land this job you will need to show your proven ability to:

  • Knowledge of United States federal, state, and Canadian provincial laws pertaining to franchising, franchise sales advertising, real estate leasing, trusts and estates, and the ability to accurately apply pertinent regulations to company policies, agreements, websites and other documents.
  • Demonstrated ability to comprehend complex legal materials, analyze information and recommend viable solutions to lawyers and non-lawyers alike.
  • Knowledge of and skill in using application software in a PC environment including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to carefully proof all work, and use proper grammar, spelling, syntax, punctuation and sentence structure.
  • Ability to plan for and direct the work of staff, develop staff to their full potential, and create an environment which encourages creativity and commitment to results.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written and verbal communications.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply policies, systems, practices and precedents used within the organization to manage employees relative to recruitment, retention, motivation, rewards, discipline, development and separation.
  • Juris Doctor Degree and registration with the bar in the state of Minnesota (preferred), and a minimum of 5 years of experience, with a preference for previous in-house or corporate transactional experience. 

Your Work Environment

This is a hybrid position requiring in-office workdays twice weekly, including every Wednesday and another day of your choice (Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday). The remainder of the week can be worked remotely with reliable, secure internet.

Travel may be required 10-20% of the time.

Living the Values

We Are Kind

  • Treat others the way you would like to be treated. Be humble, act honorably, and express gratitude. Respect and value everyone’s role in our company’s success.

We Exceed Expectations

  • Innovate; be curious about what’s possible. Be adaptable and eager to respond to challenges. Collaborate and work together to achieve our goals. Strive for greatness and inspire others by your example. Be proactive. Seek continuous improvement.

We Focus on Execution

  • Make decisions with the belief it can be executed in 6,000 salons. Focus on impact of key brand measures. Prioritize on ability to execute quickly.

We Keep it Simple

  • Set clear expectations. Make things easy to understand and execute. Stay focused on what’s most important.

We Listen and Earn Trust

  • Be respectfully honest; react thoughtfully. Respond quickly – 24 hours or less, and remember that personal contact is always best. Be transparent through open communication and candid conversation. Be willing to admit mistakes and fix them. Listen generously: Seek to understand other’s perspectives. Act with integrity. Always. Even when no one will know.

We Make it Fun

  • Smile! Find opportunities to laugh. Celebrate accomplishments and recognize the contributions of others. Approach people and situations with a positive attitude. Build a sense of community where everyone enjoys coming to work every day.

What We Offer

We offer a competitive salary, health benefits, wellness programs, a company-matching 401K and tuition assistance but some perks that set us apart are:

A focus on your development. We want to know what your dreams and aspirations are and hope to find ways of Great Clips helping you along in your journey. Your personalized development plan will create a path for your growth and promotion potential.

A GREAT culture. One the most frequent compliments you will hear about Great Clips from employees, franchisees and business partners alike is that Great Clips has a GREAT culture. Our belief is that we are strongest together and therefore find it important to have an inclusive, diverse work culture. Though we embrace our differences, we all share in our 6 core values; we are kind, we listen and earn trust, we keep it simple, we focus on execution, we exceed expectations and WE MAKE IT FUN.

A spirit of ideas and innovation. Here at Great Clips, we have a competitive lead within our industry. Though we hold a strong position, we never stop pushing ourselves forward and continue to look for new ways of delivering a powerful and enduring brand.

About Great Clips

With more than 4,400 franchised salons throughout the United States and Canada, Great Clips is the world’s largest haircutting salon brand. Our salon owners and corporate staff are dedicated to our salon communities with a focus on philanthropic and volunteer activities. Great Clips, Inc. employees are passionate about what we do and our technology team geeks out in finding ways to use technology to make what we do even better.

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