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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
ProfileDeputy General Counsel The candidate will support the General Counsel in leading the organization’s legal department. Will be providing legal services, the legal department’s proactive litigation, education, and public policy work advances the Foundation’s mission in areas including freedom of expression and access to knowledge. Will be a hands-on leader with management experience, who will help to oversee and develop a highly talented and collaborative team of 9 lawyers and 2 paralegals, along with a number of fellows and interns. Will also work closely with the executive team and other key Foundation leaders across departments and functions. Advise the General Counsel and executive leadership team. Work collaboratively with the General Counsel and legal department staff members to define a strategy for the legal department within the Foundation and Wikimedia movement. Help set priorities and build the infrastructure to deliver on that strategy. Work with the General Counsel to develop and lead a strong, diverse, and collaborative team serving Foundation administrative needs, programmatic goals, and the Wikimedia movement: Oversee the work of various workflows and manage assigned lawyers; mentor junior staff. Provide strong transactional support and product counseling for engineers/technologists; will include direct counseling, as well as negotiation and drafting of complex commercial, technology, open source, mobile, and other agreements. Provide advice and counsel on other areas of the law, which, depending upon our needs and experience, may include domestic and international copyright law, licensing, litigation strategy, employment, freedom of expression and access, or privacy/security. Be an effective and clear communicator on relevant legal topics and developments for Foundation staff, affiliated organizations, and users, editors, and developers globally.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements: JD Degree from accredited U.S. law school or equivalent foreign degree with significant U.S. legal experience. Licensed or eligible to practice law in California or immediately able to apply to become registered in-house counsel. 7+ years' experience practicing law and advising a digital technology or internet company (e.g., as in-house counsel), preferably consumer-facing and with global reach. Significant experience in product counseling and the negotiation and drafting of commercial, technology, and other types of agreements relevant to a web-based company. Significant management experience. Expertise and experience covering a range of legal topics relevant to work, with a particular focus on advising consumer-facing internet/digital companies and the ability to oversee our technology transactions and product counseling. Comfortable in a highly collaborative, multi-cultural, transparent environment. Ability to assess and manage serious risks. Mission-driven with a public service orientation and high personal integrity. An understanding of, and commitment to, a free and open internet, to the open source and free culture movements, and to foundation’s mission. Excellent written, verbal communication skills; fluency in written and spoken English. Able to prioritize and adhere to deadlines, complete projects independently and manage costs and budgets in a busy environment. Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed, including attendance and speaking at conferences. Plus: Interest in public policy. Experience working with free culture or free software principles and values. Experience in international law, particularly: copyright, privacy, freedom of expression. Experience living or working outside of home country. Fluency/proficiency in languages other than English. Active participation as a foundation volunteer. Experience with large, online user communities.