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Senior Corporate Counsel (US Remote)

We are a diverse and fully-distributed team from around the world, working toward our shared vision to raise the standard of trust online.

Join our Legal Team as a Senior Corporate Counsel to support DuckDuckGo's growth.

As part of our team, you will work with individuals at all levels to ensure legal compliance across our operations. For example, you will oversee key transactions, develop internal policies, and advise HR.

We are fully remote and empower our team to be self-directed and self-motivated in their projects. If you'd thrive in that environment, and our core values resonate with you -- build trust, question assumptions, and validate direction -- you'll fit right in!

 

Responsibilities of Role:

  • Propose and lead high-complexity projects, turning vague problems into tightly-scoped high-impact projects and executing them against a set of success criteria with with little to moderate direction.

  • Advise on projects of medium to high complexity with little to moderate direction.

  • Serve as principal legal advisor on certain transactions and business relationships.

  • Liaison between internal teams and external legal firms on various matters to make sure internal teams and projects are not roadblocked.

  • Fully support contracting, from vendor selection through contract execution, drafting template agreements, developing communication channels and databases to manage contracts, advising on best practices, standards, and model clauses in transactional law.

  • Assist in navigating HR both in the US and outside the US.

  • Review marketing materials for compliance with advertising law.

  • Timely respond to subpoenas and manage document production in litigation.

  • Develop internal policies and procedures to ensure that DuckDuckGo conducts its business in compliance with applicable international, federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

  • Analyze legal issues through risk assessment, risk management, and pragmatic decision-making lenses, rather than simply identifying areas of potential legal risk.

  • Get up to speed on new areas of law quickly and effectively, in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment.

  • Work closely and collaboratively with the General Counsel and the broad DuckDuckGo team.

 

Requirements:

  • Residence in the U.S. 

  • Minimum of 7+ years of experience as an attorney, ideally with 2+ years as an in-house counsel at a fast growing technology company.

  • Experience in counselling technical product teams.

  • Background in general corporate, privacy/GDPR, marketing, advertising, licensing, financing, and employment issues.

  • Pennsylvania Bar membership, or willingness and ability to waive in.

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to carry ideas forward with confidence and discretion while working proactively, independently, and transparently.

 

Other things to know: 

  • While we leverage specific job titles for hiring purposes, we do not use them internally. Instead, we follow our own professional levels, with expectations for each level clearly defined across several dimensions. 

  • We are a small, remote team distributed across time zones, and we rely on a variety of communication tools throughout the day. You should feel comfortable with the intricacies of this type of work situation. 

  • Sometimes we meet up! Expect to travel at least two times a year: once for our all-hands meetup and again for a team retreat (each ~4-5 days). 

  • We believe in a focused approach to collaboration, where individual team members work on a single top priority at a time, each supporting larger, company-wide objectives. This philosophy serves to impact our vision to raise the standard of trust online. 

  • Our work philosophy centers on empowered project management. All team members have opportunities to run projects. 

  • Transparency supports individual and team success at DuckDuckGo. We encourage everyone to participate in areas of interest throughout the company. Anyone and everyone can (and should) ask questions and offer feedback about our products and internal projects. 

  • We strive to exemplify our values (build trust, question assumptions, and validate direction) in everything we do. 

  • While this is a full-time job and we offer a flexible work arrangement with no core hours, expect an average commitment of 40 hours per week. 

  • We support professional development of our team members through career advisory and a learning stipend, reinforcing our culture of growth and skill-building. 

  

Other reasons to love working at DuckDuckGo: 

  • Flexible vacation and sick leave practices 

  • Flexible work schedule 

  • Company-wide hack days 

  • Company and team meetups 

  • Open participation in company strategy 

  • Family leave policy 

  • Co-working reimbursement 

  • Hardware and office setup benefits 

  • Wellness and learning benefits 

  • Charitable donation matching 

  • US health benefits 

  • US 401k 

  • "Use good judgment" approach to company policies 

DuckDuckGo does not leverage any recruiting agencies or services for this role. Instead, we work directly with each candidate throughout a unique hiring process that we've built to reflect our company culture.

DuckDuckGo provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. 

If you think you might thrive in this environment, we would love to hear from you. 

Please note that: 

  • A successful candidate will be subject to a background check. 

  • By applying for this role, you confirm that information submitted is accurate and that you understand falsification is cause for denial of employment or termination. 

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