Job Title: Legal Counsel
Reports to: Country Manager and General Corporate Counsel
Position Type: Full Time / Exempt
Location: Nuuuli, Am. Samoa


Job Summary:


To assist in providing legal advice to management and the Board and preparing legal documents as required, manage company leases and all land law issues facing the company, and assist with company contracts and regulatory approvals.


Primary Responsibilities


 Provide legal advice and research as required by Management and Corporate General Counsel from time to time.

 Manage company land issues inclusive of special project to review and update all current land leases, address issues about lack of adequate documentation, sub-lease arrangement, leases in other parties’ names, payment of turnover based rent, renewal of leases coming up for expiry.

 Create and maintain company Lease Database, in association with regional legal team.

 Provide the appropriate legal and regulatory advice on the business activities of the company including FCC compliance, distribution and marketing of its products and services, and HR matters.

 Draft agreements inclusive of special project to review all company contractual processes, database of contracts, alignment of contracts with Bluesky Group standard documents.  Provide legal assistance with debt recovery and other litigation inclusive of resolving litigation over company property.

 Create and maintain company Contract Database, in association with regional legal team.

 Anticipate and identify issues and risks, recommending potential solutions and identifying trends in the law relating to relevant business affairs.  Obtain regulatory approvals from the Attorney General’s office for applicable corporate and other legal matters and the Governor’s office for telecommunications regulatory matters.

 Conduct minor litigation on behalf of the company (including court appearances) and manage litigation briefed to external legal counsel.  Provide monthly reporting to Corporate General Counsel as required.

 Work with external legal counsel as required.

 Provide additional legal support for Bluesky operations in other jurisdictions as required by the Group CEO and General Corporate Counsel.

 Other related legal duties as required by Group CEO, Corporate General Counsel, and Country Manager from time to time.


Qualifications/Work Experience Requirements:

 Juris Doctorate and Bachelors Degree

 Minimum of 5 years experience and proven experience as legal counsel, preferably in a corporate environment

 Licensed to practice law in American Samoa

 Excellent working knowledge of Am. Samoa legal system and corporate law and procedures

 Good understanding of Am. Samoan land ownership system

 Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills

 Fluent in the English language (essential) and the Samoan language (desirable)

 General knowledge of relevant telecommunications products and services

 High degree of professional ethics and integrity

 Sound judgment and ability to analyze situations and information

 Strong leadership and organizational skills

 Strong interpersonal and communication skills to motivate and work closely with a diverse, cross-functional team of internal professionals and external partners/customers

 Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced and dynamic environment and easily adaptable to change. Ability to work under tight deadlines.

Stakeholders


 Internal Stakeholders: All Bluesky Managers, Supervisors, staff and Bluesky Group staff

 External Stakeholders: External corporate counsel, government authorities, court and police representatives, customers, land owners, customers, and suppliers.