Senior Counsel, Legal Product and Privacy

  • Ancestry
  • Jan 15, 2022

Job Description

About Ancestry:When you join Ancestry, you join a human-centered company where every person’s story is important. We believe that by discovering the struggles and triumphs of our past, we can foster deeper bonds and more meaningful connections among families and communities. Our talented team of scientists, engineers, genealogists, historians, and storytellers is dedicated to empowering customers around the world from all backgrounds on their journeys of personal discovery. 
With more than 30+ billion digitized global historical records, 100+ million family trees, and 20+ million people in our growing AncestryDNA database, Ancestry helps customers discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Passionate about dedicating your work to enriching people’s lives? You belong at Ancestry.
Ancestry is looking for an experienced attorney for the position of Senior Counsel to join our Product & Privacy Legal Team. You will join our team of attorneys that support Ancestry's user-facing product, ad-tech, and content acquisition efforts, and partner directly with the privacy team. You will partner directly with the business, having a meaningful impact on our organization by supplying sound business advice, excellent negotiation and drafting skills, and the experience to identify legal risks to the business and the legal experience to help reduce them.
You will help ensure Ancestry's multiple customer-facing products and interfaces meet global legal requirements, facilitate the acquisition of archival records and other content to support Ancestry's subscription services, facilitate integrations with vendors and partners, and create internal processes and policies to maintain compliance and better serve Ancestry customers.
Collaboration with legal and business colleagues in a fast-paced environment make communications and judgments in balancing legal risks with strategy indispensable. You should have in-house management, and product and privacy experience.

What You Will Do:

Advise the product teams throughout the product development lifecycle and provide daily and strategic legal advice to help Ancestry build a better product for its customers;Draft, negotiate, and review agreements to acquire assets and provide legal advice to the partners on multiple issues relating to licensing content, scanning, and indexing records;Advise Ancestry's advertising teams in their ongoing development of systems and tools to better reach Ancestry customers;Support the Chief Privacy Officer in matters related to product and privacy intersection and overlap, including the creation of records of data processing and other compliance requirements;Work with other members of the legal team and the business in the pursuit of Ancestry business and legal goals; and,Research, train, and advise company partners on legal, regulatory, and compliance matters including privacy, security, and consumer protection laws.

Who You Are:

JD and top academic credentials;Admission to a State Bar;5+ years of relevant experience;IAPP certification;Knowledge of US and international privacy and data protection laws, regulations, standards;Prior in-house experience with a consumer-facing global company;You have demonstrated the ability to take on big challenges and complex projects and were accountable for the results;
Additional Information:Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  
Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.