Associate General Counsel, Privacy

US - CA - Carlsbad, US - CO - Englewood, US - DC - Washington Ref #11215 11-Jan-2022

Job description

One team. Global challenges. Infinite opportunities. At Viasat, we’re on a mission to deliver connections with the capacity to change the world. For more than 35 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the globe communicate. We’re looking for people who think big, act fearlessly, and create an inclusive environment that drives positive impact to join our team.

Viasat, Inc. seeks a privacy attorney for its in-house legal department to work with Viasat’s domestic and international residential, mobile, and commercial satellite broadband offerings. The successful candidate will be able to work at all levels of the Company and grow into a leadership position. You will focus primarily on privacy compliance, as well as regulatory and transactional issues in the context of domestic and international internet and telecommunications matters. You will advise on privacy and data governance aspects of new and existing services, products, and projects, with a focus on policies, training, and contractual terms. You'll advise management on the risks, business strategies, and other issues related to the Company’s fast-growing business. You must be diligent and proactive, show excellent business judgment and critical thinking, along with the ability to work independently and collaboratively in a supportive, fast-paced team environment.

Tasks will include:

  • Advise all levels of the Company in all areas of privacy, including counseling on legal issues and risks, negotiations with third parties, and policies and procedures, using concepts that the business can understand.
  • Draft and negotiate data protection terms that appear in third-party service provider and customer agreements.
  • Coordinate with Viasat’s Security Engineering team to ensure operational, administrative, and technical data security measures are appropriately employed across the Company.
  • Draft internal policy documents and develop and administer privacy-related training to employees to meet legal compliance obligations.
  • Support the Viasat People & Culture team on privacy compliance matters applicable to Viasat’s international workforce.
  • Audit personal data processing within various lines of business to ensure alignment with approved privacy program requirements.
  • Support the continued development of Viasat’s international privacy program including contract templates, personal data recordkeeping, PIAs / DPIAs, and compliance with data protection laws in EMEA, LATAM, and APAC.
  • Provide strategic and hands-on support for the adoption of privacy automation tools to help scale privacy compliance processes globally.


  • Juris Doctorate degree or equivalent with excellent academic credentials.
  • 3-5+ years’ prior legal experience, preferably in a privacy and compliance in-house practice with a global technology, ISP, or telecom business, or in a law firm serving such companies
  • An understanding of compliance frameworks (privacy, NIST, ISO, and PCI), consumer law, and telecommunications law.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written; must be able to ask clear, concise questions involving sophisticated technology to get requisite answers from business partners and Legal Department colleagues.
  • Excellent administrative and interpersonal skills with attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy, together with the ability to run several simultaneous projects under deadline pressure.
  • Ability to take initiative and adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced corporate environment.
  • When circumstances again allow, the ability and willingness to travel up to 10% of the time.


  • Recognized privacy training and/or certification, including CIPP/US and/or CIPP/E.
  • Experience with contract negotiations, data governance, PIAs/DPIAs, and privacy automation tools, e.g., DSAR processing, data discovery and mapping, etc.

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Additional Requirements and information

Minimum education:


Years of experience:

3-5 years


Up to 10%





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At Viasat, we consider many factors when it comes to compensation, including the scope of the position as well as your background and experience. The starting salary for this position is $145,350 annually, but an offered salary may be higher depending on your skills, qualifications, and experience. This position may also be eligible for other cash or stock incentives, including Viasat’s Employee Stock Purchase Program, which allows Viasat employees to purchase Viasat stock at a discount. Learn more about Viasat’s comprehensive benefit offerings that are focused on your holistic health and wellness.

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