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Managing Counsel, Commercial - Zum

Hybrid - Bay Area

The Role: Zum is seeking a Managing Counsel, Commercial to contribute across the full range of legal matters for the fast-growing technology company. Reporting to the General Counsel, Lynn Miller, you will be a key member of the legal group and will partner with Zum executives, engineers, and outside counsel. This person will be one of the founding members of Zum’s legal team and the sole employment counsel for the near-1000-person company.


  • Create and negotiate commercial contracts of all types (e.g., complex vendor agreements, sales, leasing, licensing, financing, NDAs).
  • Assist with appropriate legal and contractual support for product, sales, marketing, human resources, IT, operations, insurance, and finance.
  • Assist with substantive legal issues, including commercial, privacy and data security, corporate governance, intellectual property (patents and trademarks), compliance, and policy.
  • Create and improve legal processes that can scale with our rapid growth.
  • Advise company leadership and cross-functional teams on legal issues and risks and guide to a successful resolution.


  • JD degree with strong academic credentials.
  • 5+ years at a top-tier law firm or company.
  • Experience in the following areas: commercial contracts and/or data privacy/security.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills with a demonstrated ability to effectively and proactively provide quick, concise, and practical legal advice.
  • Excellent judgment and a proven ability to establish strong cross-functional partnerships with executive teams.
  • Ability to “roll up your sleeves” and ensure effective operations.
  • Ability to navigate an intense, fast-paced regulatory environment with competing priorities.
  • Strong alignment with Zum culture and values: Customer Obsessed, Do Things the Right Way, Think Big, Execute Meticulously, and Build Better Communities.
  • About Zum:  Zum has reimagined student transportation, the nation’s largest mass transit system, by developing and deploying the most technically advanced platform that now serves over 4,000 school districts, including all the major school districts in California.  

About Zum:  Founded in 2015, Zum has reimagined student transportation, the nation’s largest mass transit system, by developing and deploying the most technically-advanced platform that serves over 4,000 schools, including the San Francisco, Oakland and  in California. Zum has been recognized by the Financial Times as one of the Fastest Growing Companies of 2023, named on CNBC's Disruptor 50 list, and selected by Fast Company as a World Changing Idea.

Compensation: The estimated annual base salary for this position is $250,000 – $275,000, but could be higher depending on the level of candidate. This position will be eligible for the company's bonus program and equity program.

Zum’s Missions:

Electric vehicles:

Zum has committed to transitioning its entire fleet to electric buses and vans. Because school transportation is the largest mass transit system in the US, this translates into an enormous benefit for the environment and riders now traveling on diesel-spewing buses.   Electric vehicles also cut energy costs by 80 percent and maintenance costs by 60 percent – savings that can be reinvested into classrooms.  In addition, Zum is the only carbon neutral student transportation company, offsetting 100% of emissions for its entire fleet.


Zum’s mission is more sustainable, safer, faster transportation for all students, which can especially improve the lives of those in underserved communities.  These children are more likely to waste valuable time on circuitous routes and miss after-school activities because they have no way to get home.  Zum designs efficient routes with flexible schedules.  This also translates to savings for school districts, which is especially important for underserved communities.


Zum’s platform tracks driving performance to ensure safe driving at all times, notifies parents real time when their children will be picked up or delivered, allows real time communication with parents, districts and drivers, and provides on-board monitoring to prevent safety incidents. Zum’s drivers are vetted above and beyond state standards and introduced to parents via the app.

Zum has exclusively engaged Kerwin Associates to conduct this search.  Any resumes sent directly to Zum will be forwarded to Kerwin Associates.  If you are interested in speaking about or applying for this role, please contact Maddie Murray (maddie@kerwin.com) or Emily Castellanos (emily@kerwin.com) at Kerwin Associates.

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