Policy & Regulatory Counsel (Associate General Counsel/Senior Counsel)

Automattic, the company behind, WooCommerce, and Tumblr, is seeking a talented addition to our team, to help us champion policies important to our mission before government officials and regulatory bodies, both in the United States and internationally, and to help us prepare for new laws around the world that impact online platforms.  

Automattic is committed to democratizing publishing so that anyone with a story can tell it. The web knows no physical bounds, and we believe access to it — and to the opportunity it affords — should be similarly boundless. Our international team builds products and services that give everyone the ability to benefit from the promise of the web, whether that’s selling a service, promoting a story, or sharing a message. Automattic’s mission is at the intersection of some of the most important civil and public policy issues today: freedom of expression, transparency with our users, and open source + open tech. You can read more about our work on our Transparency Blog.

We’re looking for someone who is passionate about the open internet to help advance Automattic’s message before government bodies, as well as offer strategic legal advice to help Automattic do great things for the vibrant community users that we proudly power. This is the ideal role for someone who wants to shape the legal and policy strategy for a dynamic and rapidly growing company, while helping to make the internet a better place. This position reports to our General Counsel.

In this role, you will:

  • Follow legislative and regulatory developments in the United States, Europe, and around the globe. Look ahead to identify trends and the implications for our company and our products.
  • Develop messaging around our advocacy efforts, and partner with industry groups and thought leaders to articulate positions about the value of the open internet
  • Directly engage with policymakers to advocate for policies that are important to Automattic and our values in government settings around the world
  • Bring external perspectives back to Automattic to help sharpen our perspective and strategy decisions. 
  • Work in close partnership with other members of our legal, product and Trust & Safety teams on a broad cross section of issues, and to prepare for newly enacted laws impacting our company.
  • Lead our response to inquiries from government bodies on issues like content policy, online safety, and privacy
  • Develop and execute a strategy for participation in amicus briefs 

We’d love to hear from you if you:

  • Have 8-15 years of experience working on legal + policy issues impacting the internet, with at least three years working with government policymakers on internet issues. Bonus points if you’ve led legal or policy teams.
  • Are well-versed in public policy issues relevant to our business including: open source, intellectual property, freedom of expression, Section 230, content moderation, intermediary liability, brand safety, and privacy + transparency
  • Are experienced advising product teams on aligning product features with legal and regulatory requirements in areas like privacy, IP and content safety 
  • Are practical in addressing legal issues. We don’t write a lot of memos; we solve problems and get things done.
  • Are humble. You’re not afraid to ask questions or admit when you are wrong.
  • Have a healthy sense of humor, and an abiding spirit of idealism about your chosen profession.
  • Operate independently. You’re a self starter who can roll up your sleeves.
  • Excel at understanding complex topics and explaining them to others in clear, concise, terms.
  • Are a great writer.
  • Love the open internet and all it stands for.

How to Apply

Does this sound interesting? If yes, please complete the form below and attach your resume and cover letter.

Want to increase your chances of standing out? If so, please tell us about one or more of the following:

  • Your elevator pitch for the importance of Section 230 to the open internet.
  • Pending legislation or regulation impacting the internet that vexes you, and how you advocate fixing it.  
  • What you wish government officials knew about technology and the internet, and how you educate them about it.

Also, please make sure to include at least one legal joke in the materials you submit.

About Automattic

We are the people behind, WooCommerce, Tumblr, Simplenote, JetpackLongreads, Day One, PocketCasts, and more. We believe in making the web a better place.

We’re a distributed company with more than 1800 Automatticians in 96 countries speaking 90+ different languages. We democratize publishing and commerce so anyone with a story can tell it, and anyone with a product can sell it, regardless of income, gender, politics, language, or country.

We believe in Open Source and the vast majority of our work is available under the GPL.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Automattic

We’re improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech industry. At Automattic, we want people to love their work and show respect and empathy to all. We welcome differences and strive to increase participation from traditionally underrepresented groups. Our DEI committee involves Automatticians across the company and drives grassroots change. For example, this group has helped facilitate private online spaces for affiliated Automatticians to gather and helps run a monthly DEI People Lab series for further learning. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a priority at Automattic, though our dedication influences far more than just Automatticians: We make our products freely available and translate our products into and offer customer support in numerous languages. We require unconscious bias training for our hiring teams and ensure our products are accessible across different bandwidths and devices. Learn more about our dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion and our Employee Resource Groups.

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