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Legal Director, Product & Privacy – Databricks

Bay Area: San Francisco

Databricks is the data and AI company. Thousands of organizations worldwide — including Comcast, Condé Nast, Nationwide and H&M — rely on Databricks' open and unified platform for data engineering, machine learning and analytics. Databricks is venture-backed, privately held, 2000+ employee company, headquartered in San Francisco, with offices around the globe. Founded by the original creators of Apache Spark™, Delta Lake and MLflow, Databricks is on a mission to help data teams solve the world's toughest problems.

Databricks is seeking a Legal Director, Product & Privacy to help the Databricks legal team provide cutting edge legal advice to Databricks’ engineering and product management as we navigate rapidly evolving global laws and regulations in big data, including data privacy, data protection and AI.  This person will report to the AGC of Product and Privacy and work with the engineering and product management organizations at Databricks to lead efforts to build trustworthy technology at Databricks. This is an opportunity to be an integral member of a global, collaborative, 20+ legal team; the product legal team consists of three members.

Databricks has exclusively engaged Kerwin Associates to conduct this search.  Any resumes sent directly to Databricks will be forwarded to Kerwin Associates.  If you are interested in speaking about or applying for this role, please contact Anne Kerwin Payne (anne@kerwin.com) or Jamie Walsh (Jamie@kerwin.com).

You will

  • Partner with teams across Databricks and close external partners that are building, deploying, and operating technology for external and internal users.
  • Demonstrate expertise in product counseling, privacy and security laws, marketing, and technology transactions as well as the capacity to be a generalist and learn new areas of law and legal skills quickly.
  • Provide cutting edge legal advice to Databricks’ engineering and product management as they navigate rapidly evolving global laws and regulations in big data, including data privacy, data protection and AI.
  • Work cross-functionally with the product marketing, marketing and communications teams to bring our transformative unified data processing platform to market.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert in collaboration with commercial legal team as they negotiate complex contracts with our customers, including data processing addendums and business associate agreements.
  • Deeply understand product and data risk issues to be able to hear and answer questions that aren’t asked and translate technical and security concerns into answers understandable to non-technical lawyers.
  • Review marketing and other communications relating to product.
  • Provide cradle-to-grave product counseling - from ideation to end of life, including issues relating to licensing, open source, trademark, patent opportunities, communications, contracting/pricing, etc.
  • Provide general legal support on a flexible, as-needed basis with respect to other areas of the business.
  • Work with potential vendors to understand data flows to determine privacy and data protection risk and negotiate modifications.
  • While this role is initially an individual contributor role, the expectation is that this person has management experience and a desire to build or manage a team.

What we look for

  • Minimum 10+ years relevant legal experience at a top law firm and/or in-house (a combination of both is a plus), with minimum of 4 years focused experience in product, privacy and/or IP law.
  • Deep understanding of cloud and software technology, and a strong desire to work on legal issues in these areas.
  • Technical background -- either an engineering or hard science academic background, work experience, or significant life experience as a general technology nerd.
  • State bar membership required.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage time, and client expectations, in the face of competing demands, often without direct guidance as we scale our rapidly expanding business.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in people leadership and running high-performing teams. Previous management and mentoring experience a plus.  
  • Collaboration across functions is creative and value-adding, rather than checkbox based and bureaucratic.

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