Our client, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (“CZI”) has retained Major, Lindsey & Africa on an exclusive basis to conduct a search for a General Counsel to be based in its Silicon Valley corporate headquarters.
Overview: CZI is hiring its first General Counsel (“GC”) to lead the organization’s lean, but growing, legal department. The GC will have ultimate responsibility for providing advice and counsel to CZI’s founders and senior management on a variety of matters integral to the entity’s mission, including compliance, product, data privacy and security issues, and sophisticated corporate and commercial transactions. The GC will oversee all legal and regulatory matters confronting the organization.
Company: Founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan in December 2015, CZI is a new kind of philanthropic organization, with a three-pronged focus: 1) supporting science through basic biomedical research, 2) broadening traditional education through personalized learning, and 3) exploring issues tied to the promotion of equal opportunity.
Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience.
Experience: This will be a highly competitive search. The ideal candidate must have a minimum of 18+ years of legal experience, including as a prior General Counsel at a high profile company, preferably in the technology sector. Candidates must have managed significant risk, either for an organization with a diverse product portfolio or as GC of multiple companies, have experience with sophisticated transactions, and be conversant in product, privacy and data issues. Training from a leading law firm and additional experience in regulatory, compliance, HR, litigation, and employment are a plus, as are experience in the political and engineering arenas. Candidates who have built and managed a successful and sophisticated legal department, and who have demonstrated mission orientation in their careers will have a significant advantage.
Relocation: Local candidates preferred but this is a national search.
Bar: Admitted to the California State Bar or able to serve as Registered In-House Counsel.
Please submit resumes to the attention of PJ Harari and Jay Kim via email to: ChanZuckerbergGC@mlaglobal.com. Please do not contact the company directly; all resumes sent to CZI will be routed to MLA for handling and will create delays. No phone calls please.
Additional Salary Information: Local candidates preferred but this is a national search.
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