Privacy Counsel - SaaS/EdTech (USA Remote)

  • Full-time

Company Description

When you join Turnitin, you'll be welcomed into a company that is a recognized innovator in the global education space. For more than 20 years, Turnitin has partnered with educational institutions to promote honesty, consistency, and fairness across all subject areas and assessment types. Over 16,000 academic institutions, publishers, and corporations use our services: Gradescope by Turnitin, iThenticate, Turnitin Feedback Studio, Turnitin Originality, Turnitin Similarity, ExamSoft, Ouriginal and ProctorExam.

Turnitin has offices in the United States, Australia, India, Indonesia, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom. Our diverse community of colleagues are all unified by a shared desire to make a difference in education. Come join us, and let's make change together.

Job Description

This position at Turnitin will report to the Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and will be a key member of the Turnitin legal team. The attorney will assist with the development, refinement and execution of the Company’s privacy strategy, working closely and in tandem with the Engineering/Tech, Product, Information Security and Marketing teams on matters relating to data privacy, security, technology and related compliance.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic, practical and technology-savvy attorney with a deep, foundational expertise in privacy, particularly domestic and international consumer data protection legislation. The successful candidate must be practical and comfortable balancing legal risks and business strategy; if you are not comfortable in this calibration zone, this is not the right opportunity for you. You must be a team player, with the ability to distill and practically apply privacy requirements, solution-oriented, and be focused on the pursuit of excellence in providing legal advice.

Prior in-house experience ideally at a tech company is strongly preferred but not required.


  • Provide legal advice, guidance and support on a wide variety of global privacy program needs, including privacy requirements, privacy impact assessment activities, privacy by design leadership, data governance, contracting and incidence response.
  • Analyze, document and communicate the impact of privacy laws, regulations and updates on the business and operations to internal stakeholders, including developing, updating and/or revising privacy policies and related procedures as necessary and appropriate.
  • Support privacy and compliance risk assessments to identify existing and emerging risks and support the development of practical business processes to minimize such risks. 
  • Review and/or draft privacy agreements, including vendor and customer contracts (such DPAs and related documents).
  • Monitor and remain current on changes to global privacy, security and compliance laws, regulatory enforcement and industry landscape to stay ahead of evolutions, trends and best practices to inform privacy strategy and program roadmap.
  • Design and deliver awareness and training to internal global audiences.
  • Assist in managing outside counsel in privacy, security, compliance and consumer related investigations and litigations, as well as in acquisition due diligence and general counseling matters. 
  • Support privacy and compliance due diligence and subsequent company integration in corporate acquisitions, investments, and other business initiatives.


  • J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school and be an active member in good standing of a state bar.
  • 7+ years’ experience in a law firm or in-house corporate department, with strong and well-established background and knowledge of global privacy, security, and data localization laws (such as GDPR, CCPA, COPPA, FERPA).
    • Privacy certification such as CIPP/US, CIPP/EU, CIPT a plus.
  • Creative and solution oriented, with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Prior experience in a tech/SaaS company is required
  • Tech-savvy with a willingness to learn more.
  • Comfortable with taking initiative and leading projects.
  • Excellent judgment and analytical skills with the ability to strategically assess and mitigate risk, while achieving business goals. 
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and influencing skills; ability to simplify complex legal requirements. 
  • Collaborative team player who subscribes to the philosophy that there is no “I” in team; a can-do attitude, with a willingness to “roll up your sleeves” to get the job; dedicated worker who is responsive and provides timely advice.

Additional Information

The expected annual base salary range for this position is: $139,523/year to $232,538/year. This position is bonus eligible / commission-based. As a Remote-First company, actual compensation will be provided in writing at the time of offer, if extended, and is determined by work location and a range of other relevant factors, including but not limited to: experience, skills, degrees, licensures, certifications, and other job-related factors. Internal equity, market and organizational factors are also considered.

Total Rewards @ Turnitin

Turnitin maintains a Total Rewards package that is competitive within the local job market. People tend to think about their Total Rewards monetarily – solely as regular pay plus bonus or commission. This what they earn in exchange for what they do. However, Turnitin delivers more than just these components. Beyond the intrinsic rewards of making a difference in the lives of educators, administrators, learners and researchers around the world, and thriving in an organization that is free of politics and full of humble, inclusive and collaborative teammates, the extrinsic rewards at Turnitin include generous time off and health and wellness programs that offer choice and flexibility and provide a safety net for the challenges that life presents from time to time. In our Remote-First approach to collaborating, you are also able to work the way that best fits your style and situation – whether that be remote, in one of our offices/rented spaces or hybrid.

Our Mission is to ensure the integrity of global education and meaningfully improve learning outcomes. 

Equality Statement

Turnitin LLC and all related Group and Subsidiary Companies are committed to the policy that all persons have equal access to it programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, creed, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital or veterans status.

Our Values underpin everything we do.

  • Customer Centric - We realize our mission to ensure integrity and improve learning outcomes by  putting educators and learners at the center of everything we do.
  • Passion for Learning - We seek out teammates that are constantly learning and growing and build a workplace which enables them to do so.
  • Integrity - We believe integrity is the heartbeat of Turnitin. It shapes our products, the way we treat each other, and how we work with our customers and vendors.
  • Action & Ownership - We have a bias toward action and empower teammates to make decisions.
  • One Team - We strive to break down silos, collaborate effectively, and celebrate each other’s successes.
  • Global Mindset - We respect local cultures and embrace diversity. We think globally and act locally to maximize our impact on education.

Seeing Beyond the Job Ad

At Turnitin, we recognize it’s unrealistic for candidates to fulfill 100% of the criteria in a job ad.  We encourage you to apply if you meet the majority of the requirements because we know that skills evolve over time. If you’re willing to learn and evolve alongside us, join our team!  

Turnitin, LLC is committed to the policy that all persons have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and the LGBTQ+ community, regardless of age, gender, religion, marital or veterans status.

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