As Verizon’s media unit, our brands like Yahoo, TechCrunch and HuffPost help people stay informed and entertained, communicate and transact, while creating new ways for advertisers and partners to connect. With technologies like XR, AI, machine-learning, and 5G, we’re transforming media for tomorrow, too. We’re creators and coders, dreamers and doers creating what’s next in content, advertising and technology. We seek a highly-motivated, forward-thinking and creative Legal Counsel to join our Business & Human Rights Program. This role will support efforts to integrate attention to the human rights impacts of business operations, strategy and products across Verizon and Verizon Media. The ideal candidate will be technically-minded, strategic and pragmatic and have legal and/or public policy experience on issues at the intersection of human rights and technology. The candidate must have excellent project management skills, interpersonal and communication skills, demonstrated good judgment, and be able to manage multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
- Work directly with the leadership of the Business & Human Rights Program, as well as with an internal cross-functional team to build and support key components of the Program.
- Work within the legal team to serve as point of contact for human rights risk analysis of business decisions and support efforts to advise legal and business leaders on human rights matters impacting the business.
- Assist in review of products, policies, processes and procedures to develop strategies to mitigate risk.
- Conduct research and identify opportunities to highlight positive human rights impacts of technology.
- Assist with development and execution of employee human rights training program.
- Conduct research and write background reports for Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIAs).
- Support relationships with external stakeholders, including organizations focused on technology and human rights, multi-stakeholder dialogues and international organizations.
- Coordinate efforts to share information about the BHRP’s work with external audiences.
- Graduate degree (JD, or equivalent law degree, preferred) with strong academic performance.
- 5+ years of experience in law, policy, human rights, advocacy, or in-house at a technology company handling legal or public policy issues related to privacy and free expression. Experience in the internet, communications or wireless technology industry, and/or in location based services is strongly preferred.
- Exemplary communication skills, both written and verbal and ability to describe and distill complex policy, technology and human rights issues to audiences with different areas of expertise and different levels of understanding.
- Strong research, report writing and training/presentation skills. Experience engaging new and existing audiences through social media communication tools and strategies, a plus.
- Demonstrated project management skills and proven ability to manage fast-moving issues in dynamic setting, prioritize multiple responsibilities, remain flexible and complete work in timely manner with high attention to detail.
- Proven ability to anticipate problems, think critically and creatively and to challenge received wisdom, as well as to develop and lead implementation of appropriate, pragmatic solutions.
- Demonstrated ability to handle highly sensitive and confidential information coupled with impeccable integrity and sound judgment.
- Experience working cross-functionally in multi-national settings or across different cultures and building and maintaining effective working relationships, as well as proven ability to interact effectively with all levels of personnel.
- Experience building effective working relationships with advocacy organizations or working in multi-stakeholder settings.
- International work or study experience, as well as fluency in a foreign language preferred.
- Passion and curiosity for technology and human rights and a sound understanding of the telecommunications and internet industries and intersection points with free expression and privacy.
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