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Privacy Attorney

Apply now Job no: 508735
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: General Counsel

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


About the Opportunity:

The Privacy Attorney for Northeastern University is a new position reporting to the Deputy General Counsel for the university.  This position will be an advisor to a number of departments across the university – academics, research, operations, enrollment and beyond – to help principals and users across the enterprise become aware, educated and up-to-date about the university’s responsibilities in the privacy arena.



Advise and counsel internal departments in the areas of domestic and international compliance in privacy and cybersecurity matters; review of existing privacy policies; update and drafting of internal policies and advise on privacy governance; participation in internal inquiries and investigations to assess corporate privacy compliance, data breaches, and preparedness and response capabilities.

Partner with all key business areas, in particular the legal, risk, research, finance and IT Security functions to ensure data privacy issues are considered at the outset of new projects, products and initiatives. Help manage the privacy network across all global offices.

Develop and maintain relevant global internal data privacy policies and training. Monitor the industry landscape to keep visibility on changes in laws within the US and abroad, and evolutions, trends, and best practices related to Privacy. Draft and negotiate privacy contractual terms for technology and other companies, including agreements for data processing, SaaS, and intellectual property licensing.



  • JD from a highly regarded law school.
  • Minimum 8-10 years’ work experience as a regulator, practicing attorney within a top national or international firm, or sophisticated in-house department.
  • In-depth knowledge of and experience providing advice regarding privacy and data protection laws (GDPR, UK GDPR, CCPA, state privacy and data security laws, marketing and advertising rules, etc).
  • Experience overseeing and approving privacy programs and policies.
  • Experience drafting and revising privacy aspects of contracts for technology transactions.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills; adept at communicating complex issues concisely and effectively with attorneys and partners.
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented with an outstanding work ethic; should be able to independently manage and successfully prioritize numerous projects under deadline pressure.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; can interact professionally and collaboratively with staff, attorneys, and clients.
  • Ability to identify legal issues and exercise sound judgment.
  • Has strong sense of accountability to mission of organization
  • Uses competency to improve and recommend enhancements.
  • Comfortable with leadership and working within team concept
  • Fluent with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Able to handle a fast-paced, constantly changing environment with flexibility.

Attributes Desired

  • Experience working with a variety of companies and enterprises which deploy technology to deliver outcomes
  • Appreciation for customer service focus of enterprise.
  • Ability to manage and oversee interactions with a variety of client types.
  • Excellent conflict resolution skills.


Preferred Qualifications:


Additional Information:


Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see



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