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Sr. Director, Global Privacy Counsel in New York at PayPal

Date Posted: 7/1/2020

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Job Description

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 305 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.

PayPal is seeking a world-class privacy attorney to expertly guide PayPal on its mission to be one of the most trusted brands. Leveraging vision and a pragmatic approach, the Global Privacy Counsel will set the overall direction for the Legal Privacy team, as well as provide strategic advice and thought leadership to the Chief Privacy Officer and key business leaders. The Global Privacy Counsel will work closely with legal colleagues who support PayPal in more than 200 markets around the world as part of a diverse legal team. This is an exciting opportunity to leverage your leadership skills, as well as your privacy expertise and passion in a collaborative, fast-paced and engaging setting that continuously strives for excellence, customer satisfaction, compliance, innovation, and industry leadership at a dynamic time in privacy, payments, and PayPal.


  • Lead and develop the Legal Privacy team, which is comprised of legal professionals across multiple jurisdictions – San Jose, New York, United Kingdom, Luxembourg and China.
  • Coordinate and supervise a wide variety of legal activities related to all aspects of PayPal’s privacy program globally, which include: contract negotiation, product development, marketing and MarTech initiatives, evaluation of data processing activities, data incident management, and due diligence for business development activities.
  • Collaborate with Legal Privacy teammates and Compliance colleagues, the Global Privacy Office and PayPal’s Global Data Protection Officer (DPO) to develop, enhance and implement the PayPal Global Privacy Program in markets where PayPal operates.  
  • Serve as a key subject matter expert and advisor to PayPal lawyers and business units on data privacy issues.
  • Train legal colleagues to help them advise their clients on data privacy issues, as well as develop and maintain guidelines, playbooks, templated terms, and other resources.   
  • Help design products, services and technologies for compliance with local privacy laws and regulations.
  • Advise on new and emerging legal and regulatory developments impacting data privacy, including identifying trends and potential impacts on business activities.
  • Understand and advise on the privacy requirements applicable to complex personal data flows across the data lifecycle.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with government relations colleagues to proactively monitor and review privacy and data-protection related legislation in order to help ensure accurate and up-to-date inventories of all legal obligations.

Skills & Experience:  Candidates for this position should be able to demonstrate experience and competence with the following.

  • Deep, demonstrable privacy, data protection, and program management skills and expertise, with an emphasis on data security and/or financial privacy laws.  Specific experience with privacy laws, including GLBA, CCPA, GDPR, CAN-SPAM, and other applicable laws is required.
  • In-depth knowledge of cutting-edge IT, web, mobile, and payment ecosystem technologies (especially those used in the collection, storage and analysis of data) and their privacy and data security implications.
  • Familiarity with, and strong interest in, financial services technology, mobile and alternative payments, as well as emerging technology.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and to tolerate change and ambiguity. 
  • Global thinker and demonstrated collaborator, who displays risk-based and pragmatic legal and business judgment in providing practical advice to clients on privacy and data protection issues.
  • Ability to translate legal advice into actionable policies, processes and programs that enable business objectives.
  • Facility with a team-based approach to subject matter management and knowledge sharing, and comfort with a flexible, agile environment that emphasizes collaboration and team performance over management hierarchy. 
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively coach and mentor others and work with a sense of humor and resiliency, especially under tight deadlines and while managing multiple priorities.

Qualifications:  In addition to the above Skills & Experience, candidates should possess the following qualifications.

  • 12 or more years of experience practicing either in-house (or in an equivalent setting) and/or at a reputable law firm.
  • Juris Doctorate or equivalent degree.  Admitted to a state bar.
  • Exceptional writing skills, with attention to detail and ability to generate creative, original drafting and documents.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills; ability to communicate and help non-experts understand applicable regulations and requirements.
  • Experience advising clients in the financial services, mobile payments, internet and technology industries preferred.
  • Relevant technical certifications, such as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) or other relevant certifications preferred.

We're a purpose-driven company whose beliefs are the foundation for how we conduct business every day. We hold ourselves to our One Team Behaviors which demand that we hold the highest ethical standards, to empower an open and diverse workplace, and strive to treat everyone who is touched by our business with dignity and respect. Our employees challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions. We want to break down barriers to financial empowerment. Join us as we change the way the world defines financial freedom.

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at