Associate General Counsel, Privacy and Compliance

Washington, DC
Nov 01, 2022
Dec 06, 2022
IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
Job Description

The Washington Post is looking for an experienced attorney specializing in privacy and compliance to support our global expansion and development of new products and services. You will ensure compliance and mitigate legal risks by serving as the primary point of contact for privacy and consumer protection matters and collaborating with the Legal team, as well as internal and external stakeholders. This is a critical position on the Legal team reporting to the Vice President, General Counsel and Labor.

Motivational Fit:
  • You enjoy the mix of independent work, team collaboration and client interaction.
  • You are comfortable navigating grey areas, for example, advising and recommending options versus providing definitive answers.
  • You enjoy specializing in privacy while assisting the team on other matters when needed.

  • Ensure company compliance with all applicable laws and regulations by tracking and analyzing current and emerging domestic and global privacy, data security, and consumer legislation and recommending necessary changes to company practices.
  • Advise on complex issues emerging from the development and marketing of products and technologies, including privacy, data security, and consumer protection (including required marketing disclosures), by researching regulatory requirements and analyzing potential legal risks.
  • Ensure compliance with privacy laws by reviewing products' terms of service, privacy policies, end user licensing agreements, and public-facing collateral, as well as drafting and negotiating contracts with customers, partners, and vendors.
  • Contribute to creating, improving, and enforcing data security policies, standards, and practices that are compliant with global legal requirements, by collaborating with stakeholders throughout the organization.
  • Advise on security incident response (preparedness, investigation, communication, remediation), breach notification requirements, bug bounty/vulnerability management programs, and third-party security assessments by partnering with Post's Information Security team.
  • Conduct privacy due diligence reviews, privacy impact assessments, and integration plans for potential partnerships.
  • Improve company's privacy-by-design legal, business, and technical infrastructure requirements and controls by collaborating with Post's Information Security and Engineering teams.
  • Assist the Legal team on other matters as needed.
  • Maintain subject matter expertise by attending professional conferences and workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies.

  • JD degree and at least 5 years of experience counseling clients on privacy and data security matters as an in-house or law firm attorney
  • Membership to a Bar (if permitted by law) required
  • Knowledge of global privacy and data security laws, regulations, and industry guidelines, especially those relevant for media, ecommerce, ad tech, and Internet companies
  • Experience counseling and working closely with Information Security teams, including managing security incidents and incident response teams
  • Experience advising on domestic and global privacy and data security issues, including the GDPR, ePrivacy Directive, Section 5 of the FTC Act relating to privacy, anti-spam laws, cookies regulation, and the CCPA
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with various types of stakeholders (business, lawyers, customers, and vendors) on complex, multifaceted issues
  • Ability to handle sensitive information
  • Experience in contract drafting and negotiations
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work independently


Wherever you are in your life or career, The Washington Post offers comprehensive and inclusive benefits for every step of your journey:
  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Company-paid pension and 401(k) match
  • Three weeks of vacation and up to three weeks of paid sick leave
  • Nine paid holidays and two personal days
  • 20 weeks paid parental leave for any new parent
  • Robust mental health resources
  • Backup care and caregiver concierge services
  • Gender affirming services
  • Pet insurance
  • Free Post digital subscription
  • Leadership and career development programs

Benefits may vary based on the job, full-time or part-time schedule, location, and collectively bargained status.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

The innovation doesn't end in the Newsroom - dozens of teams power The Washington Post. We are now hiring the next innovator - how will you Impact Tomorrow?