Associate General Counsel /Privacy OfficerCountry:Los Angeles, CADepartment:Legal Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.
The Privacy Officer and Associate General Counsel will work closely with the General Counsel on legal matters pertaining to the organization’s domestic operations and international field programs. The Privacy Officer and Associate General Counsel provides legal counsel and services, in consultation with and under the direction of the General Counsel. Together with the Associate General Counsel, s/he assists International Medical Corps in carrying out its mission in compliance with applicable laws and at an acceptable level of legal risk. The Privacy Officer and Associate General Counsel will provide legal advice and review transactions involving all aspects of International Medical Corps’ domestic and international activities, and will manage legal matters for countries assigned to their portfolio. The Privacy Officer and Associate General Counsel will conduct legal research and develop policies and procedures to comply with applicable laws, regulations, and industry standards. The Privacy Officer and Associate General Counsel acts as a backstop for supporting the legal functions of the General Counsel, including managing outside counsel.
The Privacy Officer and Associate General Counsel is the primarily responsible attorney for the matters in their portfolio, many of which will present challenges due to some combination of legal complexity, significant opportunities or potential liabilities, impact on organizational reputation, etc. The Privacy Officer and Associate General Counseldevelops a working knowledge of legal and business issues relevant to employment law, insurance, corporate records management, export controls, charitable giving and data privacy/GDPR.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation
The Privacy Officer and Associate General Counsel’s major responsibilities in achieving the purpose described above will be determined from time to time by the General Counsel, and may be expected to be drawn from the following:
Advise on the legal status of International Medical Corps and its foreign offices and, as appropriate, UK affiliate to ensure their compliance, locally and internationally, with legal requirements including registration, government protocols, contracts and personnel issues.
Draft and review legal agreements with foreign and domestic government entities, NGOs, INGOs and private donors.
Collaborate with and advise Global Logistics about export compliance regulations and obligations
Provide guidance on matters related to domestic and international human resources, including employment disputes and litigation.
Develop and maintain privacy policies/notices and internal privacy policies and procedures
Review existing and new activities to ensure compliance with privacy laws and regulations, as well as organization policies and procedures
Consult with all business units and other members of the Office of General Counsel as a subject matter expert on privacy and data security issues
Negotiate privacy provisions in significant transactions
Work closely with Global Logistics on reviewing and negotiating contracts.
Collaborate with IT Security on cyber security policies and procedures
Collaborate with HR to conduct ongoing privacy training and awareness activities
Advise on the procurement and maintenance of appropriate cyber liability insurance coverage
Advise on privacy issues related to internal investigations
Main point of contact for International Medical Corps regarding GDPR
Work closely with business units to assess and respond to breaches in data
Collaborates with software administrators on data management procedures
Advise on, monitor and coordinate response to contractual disputes.
As needed, provide litigation support to the General Counsel, including coordination of discovery from all offices, document review and reporting.
Work with outside legal counsel as required. Attempt to keep legal costs at a minimum consistent with the achievement of International Medical Corps’ objectives.
Advise business units regarding significant legal matters, including registration requirements, government protocols, contracts and personnel issues.
Provide training and develop protocols and training materials for staff to identify potential legal issues and conflicts, with appropriate assistance of legal counsel.
Monitor and disseminate legal information and developments that are applicable to International Medical Corps. Provide background information and legal research as appropriate.
Travel internationally and within the U.S. as required.
Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organizations Code of Conduct, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external actors
Compliance & Ethics: Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Conducts work with the highest level of integrity.
Other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.
J.D. degree plus a minimum of 8 years of legal experience, including directly related specialized experience in privacy and data security law and policy. Ideally as in-house counsel for nonprofit organization or law firm handling similar matters
Must be or be able to become a member in good standing with the California bar
Experience directing data incident investigations and remediation efforts, including breach notices desirable
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Comfortable public speaker with ability to make formal presentations to management and to provide engaging, clear, training for new managers and other staff who may have minimal legal background.
A flexible problem solver and proactive self-starter who can manage a diverse portfolio of projects, rapidly assess situations, and function independently with limited guidance.
A hands-on worker who can not only assess what work needs to be done, but also perform the work (or coordinate the work with personnel with no direct reporting lines to the employee.
Highly analytical, can quickly assimilate and synthesize complex information into a decision-making framework
Must function with the highest degree of integrity and ethical standards. Passion for our nonprofit mission a definite positive.
Ability to handle multiple, high-level complex projects at one time and high volumes of work on an ongoing basis, with strong attention to detail
Must be customer-oriented, approachable, collaborative, responsive, and engaging. Sense of humor a plus!
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a culturally diverse team
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