GitHub is looking for an experienced Privacy lawyer to join our growing legal team. GitHub's impact and customers are global. And maintaining trust is essential to our mission. That means building trust and privacy into our company's practices, policies, products and services. Our Legal team is looking for someone who will institute privacy and data security practices and policies that work with and enhance GitHub's culture and business and that will lead the industry towards superior practices.

GitHub Legal operates on the cutting edge of legal practice. Like the rest of the software world, our team uses GitHub to work more collaboratively, transparently, and efficiently. We believe strongly in working together and from first principles, questioning tradition and basic industry assumptions, and in retaking and reforming our profession while delivering the highest quality of work product and counsel to our client. We value diversity of thought and experience, deep intellectual engagement with your subject matter, innovation, social awareness, and high emotional intelligence. Everyone at GitHub should view it as a career-defining opportunity.

Applicants should have interest and experience across the full spectrum of in-house privacy and data security processes, programs and challenges. At a minimum, this means keeping the company in compliance with domestic and international privacy law, reviewing and negotiating privacy issues in on-prem and SaaS software deals, as well as acting as product counsel with respect to privacy issues, advising on both domestic and international law.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement and maintain privacy policies and procedures in coordination with all affected groups to ensure GitHub's compliance with local and international legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee the development and provision of privacy training.
  • Conduct ongoing risk analyses and provide recommended solutions for any gaps or inconsistencies.
  • Review privacy implications of proposed business programs, including product launches, and work to support the implementation of appropriate privacy practices.
  • Work closely with the compliance team within GitHub to provide legal advice on compliance programs.
  • Learn continuously and maintain current knowledge of applicable global privacy laws and accreditation standards, and monitor advancements in information privacy technologies to ensure organizational adaptation and compliance.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • JD or LLM degree from an ABA accredited law school.
  • License to practice law.
  • 4-7 years experience in the practice of internet or privacy law, preferably with experience implementing successful privacy programs within an online software company.
  • A wonkish and perhaps even freakish facility with domestic and international privacy law, specifically, and internet law, more generally, is assumed. You should have an informed opinion on the Article 29 Working Party, for instance. FedRAMP, SOC, and ISO are letters that don't mean much to most, but should be important, ideally even interesting, to you. Experience with privacy and various other federal, state and international compliance/regulatory schemes.
  • A desire to improve existing standards, affect policy change, and make a positive impact in the world.
  • A passion for related practices areas, such as intellectual property, open-source software, and internet policy.
  • A joy and passion for the craft of writing.
  • An ability to thrive in an environment in which you need to acquire buy-in, mobilize and lead processes collaboratively.
  • CIPP certification is a plus
  • Software engineering skills aren't required, but a basic understanding of software coding would be awesome and a definite plus.
  • Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States.
  • Cover letter and résumé are required for application to be reviewed. A crisp cover letter, preferred. 

Who We Are:

GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over 27 million people use GitHub to build amazing things together across 79 million repositories. With the collaborative features of GitHub.com and GitHub Business, it has never been easier for individuals and teams to write faster, better code.

What We Value:

Collaboration: We believe the best work is done together. 
Empathy: We believe in putting people first. 
Quality: We believe in setting the standard for excellence. 
Positive Impact: We believe in making the world a better place through our work. 
Shipping: We believe in creating things for the people using them.

Why You Should Join:

At GitHub, we constantly strive to create an environment that allows our employees (Hubbers) to do the best work of their lives. We've designed one of the coolest workspaces in San Francisco (HQ), where over half of our Hubbers work, snack, and create daily. The other half of our Hubbers work remotely in 18 countries across the globe. Here is a complete list of where we can hire!

We are also committed to keeping Hubbers healthy, motivated, focused and creative. We've designed our top-notch benefits program with these goals in mind. In a nutshell, we've built a place where we truly love working, we think you will too.

GitHub is made up of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and lifestyles. We embrace diversity and invite applications from people of all walks of life. We don't discriminate against employees or applicants based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, or any other differences. Also, if you have a disability, please let us know if there's any way we can make the interview process better for you; we're happy to accommodate!

Where We Can Hire

Please note that benefits vary by country, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask your Talent Partner. 

 

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