Remote Job Description

GitHub is looking for an experienced privacy and data protection lawyer to join its growing Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs (CELA) team. This new role will join our small but mighty team of privacy professionals helping build a privacy and data protection program that puts our developer customers first, safeguards trust in our platform, and leads our industry on privacy.

Our company

GitHub is the world’s largest platform for software developers and software development. Over 50 million people use GitHub to build amazing things together, and trust GitHub to host their software code, their personal information, and their collaboration with others. GitHub makes it easier for developers to work together, solve challenging problems, and create new technologies to advance human progress.

GitHub also continues to grow its product innovation, user base, and global presence. GitHub is the home for open source software developers, and is becoming more social to help developers easily communicate, collaborate, and connect with each other. With software development becoming a vital function at every organization on the planet, larger enterprise customers and the public sector is also increasingly turning to GitHub to participate in developer innovation on the platform and digitally transform their own internal software development.

GitHub's impact and customers are global, and its vision is to be the home for all developers. Earning and maintaining developer trust is critical to this vision and our business, and this includes elevating developer privacy in our company's policies, practices, and products.

Our team

GitHub CELA is an innovative team of professionals, located across the U.S. and around the world, who collaborate closely together and with the business. The CELA team operates on the cutting edge of legal practice, developer policy, and social impact. Like the rest of the software world, we use GitHub itself to work more collaboratively, transparently, and efficiently. We believe strongly in working from first principles, practicing kindness and helping make each other and the team better, and being careful stewards of the unique GitHub culture we are developing together. We value diversity of thought and experience, excellence and rigor in our work, a commitment to growth mindset and continuous improvement, developing a deep understanding of our products and services, intellectual curiosity, and innovation in our practice. We require strong bias for driving results, and a commitment to putting developers first and building customer trust in our platform.


You should have experience advising on a broad range of privacy and data protection issues facing software platform and social media companies like GitHub. We also expect a keen awareness of privacy and data protection issues that our users - whether individual developers, enterprise customers, or government organizations - are likely focused on when considering or using our offerings. You will also need a solid understanding of global privacy and data protection law and trends. You will apply this experience, knowledge, and customer-centric thinking to provide privacy legal advice in support of our products, customer engagements, acquired companies, and internal business operations. 

Your primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Help strengthen GitHub’s privacy and data protection compliance program
  • Support privacy reviews of our products and internal business operations
  • Advise on data protection agreements for customers and vendors
  • Advise marketing, sales, procurement, support, trust & safety, and other corporate teams on privacy inquiries and data subject requests
  • Manage privacy policies, procedures, documentation, company guidance, trainings, and other privacy documentation responsibilities
  • Provide privacy legal support for privacy and security incidents, government engagements, law enforcement demands, and internal investigations
  • Monitor applicable global privacy laws, regulatory developments, and accreditation standards and help translate them into clear, concise, and actionable guidance for business and engineering teams
  • Engage with the privacy legal community, including coordinating with our privacy colleagues at Microsoft and LinkedIn, to understand evolving issues and to help GitHub provide an industry leading privacy program for developers and our customers 
Minimum Qualifications:

  • JD or equivalent and a license to practice law in the United States
  • At least 4 years’ experience as a practicing attorney advising on privacy and data protection issues for technology companies
  • A wonkish interest in global privacy and data protection law, as well as technology law and policy more broadly
  • A commitment to provide high quality client service and a strong desire to build trusted advisor relationships with key clients and executives
  • A joy and passion for legal drafting that is clear, concise, and human readable, including the ability to simplify complex legal and technical scenarios
  • Excellent academic credentials, high standards of integrity, a commitment to personal excellence, strong judgment, and intellectual curiosity that takes your understanding, work product and client relationships to the next level
  • Demonstrated growth mindset and the ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced, and remote-first workplace
  • Legal authorization to work in the United States
  • Tailored cover letter and résumé are required for application to be reviewed
Preferred Qualifications:

  • CIPP certification
  • Strong understanding of software technology and cloud services, associated business models, and technology industry trends
  • Software engineering skills aren't required, but a basic understanding of software coding is a definite plus. GitHub CELA has technical acumen, deep understanding of the GitHub product, platform, and ecosystem, and is able to quickly learn new business and technology concepts
Who We Are:

GitHub is the developer company. We make it easier for developers to be developers: to work together, to solve challenging problems, and to create the world’s most important technologies. We foster a collaborative community that can come together—as individuals and in teams—to create the future of software and make a difference in the world.

Leadership Principles:

Customer Obsessed - Trust by Default - Ship to Learn - Own the Outcome - Growth Mindset - Global Product, Global Team - Anything is Possible - Practice Kindness

Why You Should Join:

At GitHub, we constantly strive to create an environment that allows our employees (Hubbers) to do the best work of their lives. We've designed one of the coolest workspaces in San Francisco (HQ), where many Hubbers work, snack, and create daily. The rest of our Hubbers work remotely around the globe. Check out an updated list of where we can hire here:

We are also committed to keeping Hubbers healthy, motivated, focused and creative. We've designed our top-notch benefits program with these goals in mind. In a nutshell, we've built a place where we truly love working, we think you will too.

GitHub is made up of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and lifestyles. We embrace diversity and invite applications from people of all walks of life. We don't discriminate against employees or applicants based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, or any other differences. Also, if you have a disability, please let us know if there's any way we can make the interview process better for you; we're happy to accommodate!

Please note that benefits vary by country. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask your Talent Partner.