Vice President, Legal Operations

Job Description


Fannie Mae provides reliable, large-scale access to affordable mortgage credit in communities across our nation. We are the leading source of funding for housing in America, which means more people can buy or rent a home. We are focused on sustaining the housing recovery, improving our company, and leading change to make housing better.

Join our diverse, high-performing team and make a difference as we work together to enable access to a good home.

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Overview of Job / Management and Reporting Structure

The Vice President, Legal Operations is responsible for leading a high-performing team in support of the operational functions of the legal department. Reporting to the EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, this position will be responsible for the financial, operational and technical functions of the legal department including development and execution of technology and document management strategies, prudent management of internal resources and external counsel and the strategic development and implementation of key performance metrics.

Key Job Functions & Duties

  • 10 or more years of progressive related experience developing strategies, managing major initiatives or operational processes, and delivering results within a complex matrix environment required.
  • 6 or more years of people leadership experience in building, managing and/or developing high-performing teams required.
  • Experience collaborating with key resources and stakeholders, influencing decisions and managing work to achieve strategic goals required.
  • Executive-level business acumen in the areas of business operations, industry practices and emerging trends required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree; 4 additional years of related experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Strategic thinker who is action-oriented with strong leadership and communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to analyze issues, identify problem areas and provide the leadership necessary to effect change.
  • Experience operating in complex and/or matrixed environments.
  • 10 years of experience in the legal industry or a legal department driving efficiency, scale, and operational discipline and rigor.
  • Strong understanding of legal department operations.
  • Juris Doctor (JD) and/or MBA highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with strategic planning, outside counsel management, data & analytics and systems implementation and management.
  • Customer focus: Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
  • Decision Quality: Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
  • Cultivates Innovation: Creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful.
  • Strategic mindset: Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.
  • Collaborates: Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Builds effective teams: Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
  • Communicates effectively: Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Drives engagement: Creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives.
  • Drives vision and purpose: Painting a compelling picture of the vision and strategy that motivates others to action.
  • Ensures accountability: Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments.
  • Drives results: Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Instills trust: Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.


As a condition of employment with Fannie Mae, any successful job applicant will be required to successfully complete a background investigation.

Fannie Mae is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Req ID: 57831