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Director of Legal



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2023

About Gem

Gem helps talent acquisition teams hire with remarkable speed and efficiency through strategic, data-driven recruiting.

With Gem, teams can automate and personalize candidate communication, unify all recruiting touchpoints into a single system, and get usable data across the entire hiring process. Gem gives every part of the organization the tools to drive results and showcase their impact. It's why users recognize Gem as one of the highest-satisfaction products on G2 with a 4.8/5.0 rating.

Over 1,200 industry leaders, including Wayfair, Dropbox, Cintas, Robinhood, and UnitedHealth, trust Gem to fuel their growth. The company has raised $148 in funding from Accel, Greylock, ICONIQ, and more. And just as we strive to help our customers find great talent, we also invest in our own people and culture. We are proud of the culture we’ve built and have recently been recognized as:

  • The Breakout List, 2022
  • Certified as a Great Place to Work, 2022
  • Y Combinator Top Companies, 2022
  • Fortune Best Workplaces in the Bay Area, 2022

The Team & Role:

  • This role reports to the COO and will own all aspects of legal strategy, including commercial, product & privacy, corporate, and employment law. In addition to providing hands-on legal support in a few core domains, this role will own the legal budget, optimize resource allocation, and manage outside counsel relationships when specialized legal expertise is required.

What you’ll do day-to-day:

  • Advising the CEO, COO, and leadership team on legal matters
  • Draft, review, and negotiate terms for complex enterprise deals and partnership contracts
  • Provide guidance on data privacy and protection issues, ensuring products and services adhere to relevant regulations
  • Manage corporate legal matters, including equity transactions and governance matters
  • Advise on employment-related matters, including HR policies, employment agreements, and compliance with employment laws
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with teams across the organization, providing legal insights to support strategic initiatives and product development

About you:

  • Minimum 7 years of legal experience, including 3+ years at law firms and 3+ years in-house at technology companies (strong preference for SaaS or B2B businesses)
  • Exceptional judgment and integrity
  • Excellent business acumen: You’re comfortable thinking through legal issues from a business lens and weighing trade-offs between business agility & legal risk
  • Adept at working in a fast-paced environment: You’re comfortable making quick decisions in the face of ambiguity, uncertainty, and imperfect information
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills: You can translate complex legal matters into clear and concise recommendations for cross-functional partners
  • Strong sense of initiative & ownership: You’re proactive at spotting issues & finding solutions; you’re comfortable working autonomously and prioritizing the most high-impact workstreams
  • Strong growth mindset: You’re adaptable, flexible, curious about learning new things, and always looking to develop your skills and improve the way things are done
  • Deep expertise in tech-related legal matters, including SaaS agreements and data privacy regulations (GDPR, CCPA, etc.)
  • Experience with managing external counsel
  • JD degree from an accredited law school and licensed to practice in California

Gem is an equal-opportunity employer. We celebrate our inclusive work environment and encourage folks of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply. At Gem, we’re committed to having an inclusive and transparent environment where every voice is heard and acknowledged. We embrace our differences and know that our diverse team is a strength that drives our success.

Gem is committed to developing a barrier-free recruitment process and work environment. If you require any accommodation, please email us at peopleops@gem.com and we’ll work with you to meet your accessibility needs.

For roles based in San Francisco, CA, the base salary hiring range for this position is $247,000 - $260,000. Compensation offered will be determined by factors such as location, level, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. This role will also be eligible for equity and benefits.

This role is not eligible for 100% remote work.

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