Sr. Privacy Counsel

Anywhere - Remote RH25012

Every developer has a tab open on Stack Overflow.  

We are one of the most popular websites in the world - a community-based space focused on increasing productivity, decreasing cycle times, accelerating time to market, and protecting institutional knowledge. 

Innovation is at the heart of everything we do. We embrace collaboration, transparency, and believe in leading with empathy; creating an environment where every Stacker knows they belong. We embrace that the unique contributions and points of view of all Stackers contribute to our success.

We are a Best Company to Work For, in addition to being recognized for Best Company Leadership, Best Company Happiness, Best Company Perks and Benefits, Best Company Work-Life Balance, Best Company Compensation, and Best Company Outlook.

We are a remote-first company with Hiring HUBs based in the US, Canada, UK, and Germany.

Stack Overflow is looking for a high caliber, experienced, and creative privacy attorney to join the legal team. We are looking for someone experienced to join as a true strategic partner and build trust with those around them. This individual will report into the Chief Legal Officer.  

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the business (product, engineering, etc.) to build trustworthy, privacy-first products and services, by working closely with product and engineering to advise on the management and use of data, including privacy matters related to EdTech, Advertising, and data governance.
  • Support our public community platform and Ads and Stack Overflow for Teams businesses.
  • Provide subject matter expert advice in connection with regulatory investigations, individual complaints and enquiries received related to GDPR, the management of GDPR individual data subject access rights requests and data retention.
  • Provide subject matter expert advice across all aspects of global privacy law and regulation.
  • Support product lawyer in evaluating impact of privacy laws, regulatory guidance and enforcement actions, and other related guidelines on new and existing products and features.
  • Develop and maintain subject matter expertise in areas of data use and protection laws and advising the impact of the same on Stack’s business
  • Structure, draft, review, and negotiate data protection terms in a variety of commercial agreements including master service agreements and DPAs.
  • Collaborate with and support the InfoSec team to obtain and maintain security certifications.

Representative Duties

  • Support members of the Product and Engineering teams to advise on all privacy related matters for all products.
  • Drive the completion of multiple tasks and responsibilities in a fast-paced and high energy environment.

Qualifications (knowledge, skills and abilities)

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Juris Doctor (JD) Degree from an accredited law school
  • Membership with good standing in at least one U.S. State Bar 
  • 6+ years of legal practice experience. In-house legal experience preferred
  • Capable of interacting with, and establishing the respect and confidence of, senior business leaders
  • Business-oriented problem solver and a flexible team player, with ability to partner across departments in order to provide legal support that will enable teams to do business effectively
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills to interface effectively with individuals at various levels
  • Demonstrable experience in advising clients on privacy matters and legislation, Ads, and global privacy laws & regulations (including GDPR, CCPA/CPRA, GLBA, and other international data protection frameworks)
  • Significant experience drafting and negotiating data protection terms in commercial contracts
  • Global thinker and demonstrated collaborator, who displays sound and pragmatic legal and business judgment in providing practical advice to clients on privacy and data protection issues
  • Ability to translate legal advice into actionable policies, processes and programs that enable business objectives

Physical Demands 

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, Stack Overflow provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. 

  • Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal
  • Ability to travel to various locations 
  • Attending conferences or training sessions
  • Speak/Listen via headset for a considerable amount of time

Salary Range:172,000-220,000 plus bonus


What you’ll get in return:

  • Competitive Base Salary 
  • Generous paid vacation
  • Generous parental leave (16 weeks at 100% pay), family care leave, and unlimited sick days
  • Equity (RSUs) for all employees at all levels
  • Industry-leading health benefits that are applicable per country of residence for all our full-time employees
  • Company-paid Life Insurance
  • Home Internet stipend
  • Professional allocation for your growth and development
  • One-time allowance to assist with your home office setup
  • Company-paid access to Calm, Bravely, LinkedIn Learning, MyAcademy and Overdrive

Stack Overflow is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We value diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging and these pillars are at the heart of how we work together here at Stack. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics in the location in which the candidate is applying. 

For individuals based in California, and other locations where required, we will consider employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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