Privacy Counsel


  • Full Time

Coursera can hire people in any country where we have a legal entity, assuming candidates have eligible working rights and a sufficient timezone overlap with their team. Our interviews and onboarding are conducted virtually, a part of being a remote-first company.

Coursera was launched in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, with a mission to provide universal access to world-class learning. It is now one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, with more than 100 million registered learners. Coursera partners with 275+ leading university and industry partners to offer a broad catalog of content and credentials, including courses, Specializations, Professional Certificates, Guided Projects, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Institutions around the world use Coursera to upskill and reskill their employees, citizens, and students in fields such as data science, technology, and business. Coursera became a B Corp in February 2021.

Legal and Compliance is responsible for managing all legal and regulatory matters, including contracts, corporate governance, general compliance, academic compliance, employment law matters, intellectual property, product counseling, government relations, and claims. The team includes dedicated teams that support every aspect of Coursera's platform, including university, enterprise and industry partnerships.

Privacy Counsel will work across the entire company, ensuring compliance with global privacy laws as our primary privacy expert (with support from the team lead). This will involve working closely with Product Counsel and our product and engineering teams to ensure privacy compliance is embedded into our platform and products. A key component of this role will be to work in close collaboration with our Privacy Program Manager to develop our privacy compliance ecosystem and assist with vendor reviews and DPA negotiations. This will also involve working on internal initiatives with key business partners such as the People and Infosec teams. Finally, Privacy Counsel will serve as an escalation point for customer and partner facing legal teams in DPA negotiations. 

We’re looking for a team member who is passionate about business growth and education. We want a candidate who is energized by the challenges of growing a mission-driven business globally and being a strategic business partner for a dynamic team experiencing rapid expansion. This role will engage with all levels of employees and management, so interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) are vital to strong working relationships. 


  1. Delivering Legal Guidance: Providing legal guidance to ensure that practices accord with privacy laws and regulations in the business’s operating jurisdictions
  2. Policies and Standards: Developing and updating privacy notice and internal privacy policies
  3. Contracts: Ensuring company activities accord with applicable law in third-party relationships with privacy implications and support our contracts teams with involved privacy negotiations
  4. Conducting Due Diligence: Partnering with the team and business on reviews to ensure that third-party and vendor practices accord with legal requirements
  5. Other Duties: Assessing legal risk, performing privacy impact assessments; training employees on data privacy laws and practices, conducting legitimate interest assessments; assisting with incident reporting and investigation, collaborating with product counsel to ensure legal requirements and privacy controls are implemented in products

Basic Qualifications:

  1. Qualified solicitor
  2. 5+ years of relevant experience at a law firm or in-house legal department or both
  3. In-depth knowledge of US and EU consumer privacy statutes (such as GDPR, CCPA/CPRA, CAN-SPAM)
  4. Experience with commercial contract law and negotiation

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Prior in-house experience at a technology company. 
  2. Demonstrated experience counseling global, cross-functional teams regarding data privacy
  3. Experience working with privacy compliance tools and developing processes to enforce internal privacy protocols 
  4. Possess a practical approach to problem-solving and be able to counsel internal clients with clear, concise and creative advice on timelines to meet business needs 
  5. Operate autonomously while being a team player who brings a positive, “can do” attitude to the workplace and works collaboratively with other members of the Legal and Compliance team and with internal clients
  6. Thrives in an ever-changing, start-up environment, and works quickly under time-pressure deadlines

If this opportunity interests you, you might like these courses on Coursera:



Coursera is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected class.
If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, please contact us at
For California Candidates, please review our CCPA Applicant Notice here.
For our Global Candidates, please review our GDPR Recruitment Notice here.
Job Overview