About Orchard

Orchard is radically simplifying the way people buy and sell their homes. For the average American, the home purchase and sale process takes months, creates anxiety, and is filled with uncertainty and hassle. Orchard has reimagined the end-to-end experience of buying and selling, from innovative home search tools to find the perfect home to the ability to buy a new home before selling your current one. Orchard customers manage the entire experience through a personalized online dashboard, while also getting the support of best-in-class Orchard real estate agents. 

Headquartered in New York City and with offices throughout Texas, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia, Orchard has over 300 employees and growing. We have raised over $130 million in equity financing from top-tier investors including Revolution, Firstmark, Accomplice, Navitas and Juxtapose. Our investors have also backed the likes of Pinterest, AirBnb, Shopify and Sweetgreen. Orchard is proud to be recognized as part of Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work.

About the Role 

Orchard is looking for an Associate General Counsel to join our dynamic and quickly expanding team. As the third member of the Legal & Regulatory team, you are ready to roll up your sleeves and make an  immediate impact. You will play a key role in our rapidly growing business, partnering with teams across  the company to help build and evolve our product offerings, expand to new jurisdictions, and further  develop and mature our business lines, all while balancing business objectives and legal risk across the  multiple highly-regulated sectors in which we operate. While you will work across and contribute  significantly to all of our business units, you will take a leadership role in counseling, building, and  growing our mortgage and lending business. As the company continues to grow, there is significant  opportunity to take on additional responsibilities and leadership roles. 

The ideal candidate is a highly self-motivated, business-minded attorney who enjoys operating  autonomously, successfully navigates ambiguity, and can manage multiple projects and competing  priorities comfortably. This person brings extraordinary judgment and interpersonal skills to the role.  While highly effective and an innovative thinker, you take a humble approach to your job, allowing your  work to speak for itself. By building a track record of sound advice and success, you will become a  trusted advisor to senior leadership and teams across the company. We are looking for candidates who  are excited about the opportunity to help grow Orchard’s business in an entrepreneurial yet compliant  manner, while working with diverse groups of stakeholders to get things done in a complex and fast moving environment. 

This is a full-time role that will report to the General Counsel. 

What You’ll Do Here

  • Act as a legal swiss-army knife, working independently across several different legal practice  areas, but with a particular focus on commercial and regulatory issues and building out Orchard’s  products and services in compliance with the legal and regulatory frameworks governing  residential real estate.
  • Act as the go-to person for legal and regulatory issues related to mortgage brokering and lending. ● Work with our mortgage company to build out that company’s product and service offerings and  delivery, as well as policies, controls, and structure to be compliant with applicable federal and  state legal frameworks, while also taking a leadership role in expanding its reach into additional  states. 
  • Work with our title companies to help innovate, streamline and create customer delight in the  delivery of those companies’ services, all while maintaining compliance with applicable state laws  and regulations. 
  • Partner with our Product & Engineering Teams to design and iterate how our products and  services are provided to customers, helping to intelligently balance innovation and growth with  legal and regulatory risk. 
  • Engage with and build relationships with state regulators, in particular in connection with  expansion of our businesses into new states, our ongoing operational compliance, and any regulatory inquiries or examinations that may arise. 
  • Manage outside law firms across a variety of practice areas, while balancing cost and  effectiveness in the delivery of legal services to our stakeholders. 
  • Contribute to the continued development and improvement of our Data Privacy and Information  Security policies, practices and procedures.  
  • Since Orchard is an early stage growth company, you also may have the opportunity to be  involved in both equity and debt financings, involving both venture capital as well as traditional  debt and equity capital providers. 

We’d Love to Hear From You if You

  • Are a broad-based attorney with 7-12 years of experience in the commercial and/or regulatory space, gained ideally through a combination of law firm and in-house roles of increasing visibility  and responsibility. 
  • Have experience with the laws and regulatory framework related to lending, including but not  limited to the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Fair Housing Act (FHAct), the Equal Credit  Opportunity Act (ECOA). Prior experience with a mortgage company or mortgage lender, in  particular a tech-focused mortgage lender, is a major plus but not a requirement. 
  • Have solid experience with commercial contracts, whether negotiating from a commercial  perspective or reviewing from a regulatory perspective, including leading negotiations or  discussions with large companies. 
  • Have experience navigating the application of evolving and sometimes overlapping regulations in  a business context. 
  • Are an entrepreneur who sees ambiguity as opportunity, and obstacles as chances to build new  solutions. 
  • Can successfully work independently with little guidance, but also to use good judgment and  escalate issues when needed. 
  • Eager to collaborate and comfortable and effective at building strong relationships with people  across a variety of functional teams, skill sets and levels of professional experience. ● Have a demonstrated drive for results, work ethic and ability to prioritize risks and projects to  focus on what’s important, get things done, and seize opportunities. 
  • Have meticulous attention to detail and excellent planning and organization skills. ● Have experience with Data Privacy regimes and implementation of the related policies and  procedures, though this is by no means required. 
  • Have a state bar admission in good standing.


Why Orchard

We're proud to be recognized by Glassdoor, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company and Forbes on their lists of best places to work. We also have a 4.9 Glassdoor rating! Orchard is building the first one-stop-shop in real estate and we’re bringing together the most innovative professionals across real estate, business, marketing, technology and design. We also have some pretty great perks:

  • Equity participation
  • Flexible PTO
  • Up to 18 weeks of paid family leave
  • Employee discount on Orchard’s services

We're currently working from home until it's safe for employees to return to the office. We anticipate returning later this year and are excited to welcome people back to our offices and see one another in person. Until then, your interviews will all happen virtually. If there is anything we can do to make your process easier, don't hesitate to let us know! 

Orchard is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

Apply for this Job

* Required

U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Information (Completion is voluntary)

Individuals seeking employment at Orchard are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. You are being given the opportunity to provide the following information in order to help us comply with federal and state Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action record keeping, reporting, and other legal requirements.

Completion of the form is entirely voluntary. Whatever your decision, it will not be considered in the hiring process or thereafter. Any information that you do provide will be recorded and maintained in a confidential file.

Race & Ethnicity Definitions

If you believe you belong to any of the categories of protected veterans listed below, please indicate by making the appropriate selection. As a government contractor subject to Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), we request this information in order to measure the effectiveness of the outreach and positive recruitment efforts we undertake pursuant to VEVRAA. Classification of protected categories is as follows:

A "disabled veteran" is one of the following: a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.

A "recently separated veteran" means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.

An "active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran" means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.

An "Armed forces service medal veteran" means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.

Form CC-305

OMB Control Number 1250-0005

Expires 05/31/2023

Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability

Why are you being asked to complete this form?

We are a federal contractor or subcontractor required by law to provide equal employment opportunity to qualified people with disabilities. We are also required to measure our progress toward having at least 7% of our workforce be individuals with disabilities. To do this, we must ask applicants and employees if they have a disability or have ever had a disability. Because a person may become disabled at any time, we ask all of our employees to update their information at least every five years.

Identifying yourself as an individual with a disability is voluntary, and we hope that you will choose to do so. Your answer will be maintained confidentially and not be seen by selecting officials or anyone else involved in making personnel decisions. Completing the form will not negatively impact you in any way, regardless of whether you have self-identified in the past. For more information about this form or the equal employment obligations of federal contractors under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at www.dol.gov/ofccp.

How do you know if you have a disability?

You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition.

Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Autism
  • Autoimmune disorder, for example, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, or HIV/AIDS
  • Blind or low vision
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular or heart disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, for example, Crohn's Disease, or irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intellectual disability
  • Missing limbs or partially missing limbs
  • Nervous system condition for example, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, or Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Psychiatric condition, for example, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, or major depression

1Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. For more information about this form or the equal employment obligations of Federal contractors, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at www.dol.gov/ofccp.

PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.