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Senior Legal Counsel – DataStax

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Our client, DataStax, is seeking a Senior Legal Counsel.

About DataStax: DataStax is the company behind the massively scalable, highly available, cloud-native NoSQL platform built on Apache Cassandra™. It gives enterprises the freedom of choice, simplicity, and true cloud economics to deploy massive data, delivered via APIs, powering rich interactions on multi-cloud, open source and Kubernetes.

The Role: Due to their continued growth, DataStax is searching for an outstanding Sr. Corporate Counsel.  Ideal individual will handle broad range of legal matters while managing contractual agreements in support of their Sales teams focusing on the East Coast region. Reporting to the Director, DGC, this person will also assist with EMEA and APAC deals as needed and handle other legal matters including Privacy and Marketing. We are looking for a well-rounded individual with high EQ, positive attitude and creative problem-solving skills to join this small, dynamic legal team. Title can be up leveled for the right individual.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with Sales teams and lead the negotiation and drafting of all outbound agreements for the East Coast region; support EMEA and APAC as needed.
  • Provide timely support to the Sales organization and other cross-functional stakeholders.
  • Draft, review and negotiate a variety of commercial agreements, including customer contracts, marketing agreements, vendor contracts, and software and SaaS licensing agreements.
  • Advise on US Privacy matters; depth with GDPR a plus.
  • Advising on partnership and business development deals, including channel and OEM partner relationships.
  • Manage and update the legal team’s PlayBook, and assist in creating new agreement templates.
  • Research and evaluate risk to provide proactive, practical advice with a view towards advancing business goals.
  • Collaborate effectively across the organization to drive operational excellence.
  • Ad hoc projects as required to advise global cross-functional teams.

Requirements:

  • JD from an ABA-accredited law school and admission to practice in at least one US jurisdiction
  • 5+ years of legal experience at a technology company and/or a respected technology law firm managing complex technology transactions, including extensive experience with software and SaaS licensing.
  • Experience drafting and negotiating commercial contracts with enterprises and government organizations that have large-company procurement and compliance standards.
  • Experience supporting partnership and business development deals.
  • Familiarity and interest in issues relating to software licensing, SaaS business models, open source software, IP, and data privacy (CCPA and/ or GDPR)
  • Demonstrate exceptional client service skills.
  • Thrive in a dynamic, distributed environment by practicing effective time management, prioritization, and communication.

More on DataStax: Every day, DataStax is fulfilling their mission to connect every developer in the world to the power of Apache Cassandra™, with the freedom to run data on any device and in any cloud. They subscribe to a set of principles that guide how they collaboratively work together. They inspire each other with their values—obsessing over users and enterprises, taking action and focusing on results, innovating in technology and products.  They foster a diverse working environment that is respectful, generates new ideas, promotes ownership, and encourages highly motivated individuals to shape tomorrow. These form the foundation of DataStax's culture and help drive their decisions.

DataStax has exclusively engaged Kerwin Associates to conduct this search.  Any resumes sent directly to DataStax will be forwarded to Kerwin Associates.  If you are interested in speaking about or applying for this role, please contact Kathleen Britschgi (kathleen@kerwin.com) at Kerwin Associates.

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