Legal Counsel with Yahoo's Business & Human Rights Program

We are a group of 200 legal professionals in more than 20 locations around the world supporting every legal aspect of Yahoo's operations.  Our areas of expertise include intellectual property, M&A, Product Development, HR, Marketing, Finance, REW, Law Enforcement, Securities, Privacy, Public Policy, and much more. 
We support 13K employees and address the legal issues arising from having 700M unique global users that leverage a vast array of product offerings and media content through complex distribution channels.  We move fast with flexibility and work collaboratively across multiple legal disciplines in multiple geographies to get our clients where they need to be.

We support colleagues, clients and customers with the highest levels of expertise and professionalism.  We solve some of the most cutting-edge and challenging legal/policy issues in our industry globally--from IP to data security to content licensing to privacy.

We’re also all about having fun.  Yahoo is a friendly, supportive, considerate—and sometimes zany—place, and we fully embrace that here in the Legal Department, every day.

A Little About Us

The Business and Human Rights Program (BHRP) at Yahoo was officially launched in May of 2008 to help integrate human rights decision-making into business operations.  Yahoo is determined to lead when it comes to protecting the privacy of its over one billion users around the world and to promoting free expression on the Internet.

The BHRP engages with other companies, civil society, academics, investors, multi-stakeholder initiatives and Yahoo employees across the globe, and provides leadership on human rights issues that intersect Yahoo’s business and operations through the design of policies and processes and also through dialogue, awareness raising and education.  The BHRP is part of Yahoo’s Global Public Policy team within Yahoo’s Legal Department.  

A Lot About You

The successful candidate will be responsible for helping to develop and drive the BHRP’s strategy to protect and promote Yahoo’s users’ free expression and privacy rights both internally and externally.  This position will work directly with the Senior Legal Counsel, Business & Human Rights, and will work with a cross-functional team (including from the legal, public policy, security, public relations, privacy, deals and product teams) to build and support key components of the Program.

Your Day

Help to build and maintain external relationships for the BHRP and represent the BHRP with external stakeholders, including in multi-stakeholder dialogues, speaking engagements and working groups;

Help to manage Yahoo’s commitments within the multi-stakeholder initiative, the Global Network Initiative (GNI), including by supporting Yahoo’s board responsibilities, participating in GNI committees and work streams, as needed;

Assist with planning for Yahoo's third-party assessment and other public reporting on Yahoo's commitments to free expression and privacy;

Source, develop and edit content about the intersection of human rights and technology for the BHRP Tumblr page and BHRP social media platforms;

Assist with the preparation and planning of internal and external events;

Help to review Yahoo’s policies, processes and operations to identify and mitigate human rights risks and to find opportunities to highlight human rights impacts that are positive;

Help to raise awareness of the BHRP internally within Yahoo and assist in responding to requests to review issues from internal teams;

Assist with the preparation and delivery of employee human rights trainings for international, senior audiences;

Conduct research and write background reports for regional Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIA);

Conduct research on topics related to technology and human rights to inform BHRP initiatives;

Perform administrative tasks, as determined by BHRP priorities.

You Must Have

The BHRP is looking for a passionate, brilliant, hard-working colleague, who plays well with others and is still idealistic enough to believe that s/he can change the world.  Other qualifications include:

Graduate degree (JD or equivalent law degree preferred)

2-5 years professional work experience in a relevant field (i.e., law, policy, human rights), preferably in the technology sector

Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to take initiative and work independently;

Superior organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize;

Exemplary communication skills, both written and verbal and ability to describe and distill complex policy, tech and human rights issues to audiences with different levels of understanding;

A strong work ethic, flexibility and a good sense of humor;

Experience working in cross-functional, multi-national settings or across different cultures and in building effective working relationships;

Superior research, writing and presentation skills (writing samples may be required);

A passion and curiosity for technology and a sound understanding of the online space.

Impeccable integrity, passion for human rights, sound judgment, creativity and the demonstrated ability to think critically and challenge received wisdom.

International work or study experience, as well as fluency in a foreign language preferred.

Job title: Legal Counsel, Business & Human Rights Program

Location: Washington DC or New York