Privacy and Data Security Senior Counsel

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The Nature Conservancy

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Arlington, VA, United States

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30+ days ago


Arlington, Virginia, USA

Position may be remote across the United States




The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


Reporting to an Associate General Counsel, the Privacy and Data Security Senior Counsel will be responsible for developing, implementing, and executing the compliance program for privacy and data security for the organization to meet global privacy regulations. The Senior Counsel provides legal advice and direction on very complex matters related to privacy and data security. They will apply highly developed analytical and risk management skills to serve organizational needs efficiently and effectively. They must clearly articulate complex legal concepts and options to project managers, high-level managers, and the Board of Directors. Additionally, the Privacy and Data Security Senior Counsel ensures that transactions and activities are legally sound and consistent with the Conservancy’s mission, authority, policies, and procedures. The Senior Counsel also directs the day-to-day operations of the global privacy program, including program objectives, policies, procedures, training, and communication. They will serve as an organizational resource for information and guidance on privacy and the protection of personal data and will leverage constructive and effective relationships with a wide variety of staff, including senior management.


Are you an experienced attorney looking to apply your skills to a mission driven organization meeting ambitious goals for conservation? Come join TNC’s growing legal team to lead data and privacy security compliance across the globe. As a Senior Counsel, you will provide high value legal services on complex matters around the world to advance TNC’s priorities and appropriately manage risk. We're looking for a motivated individual capable of working independently providing high value legal services to the organization. You will be our go-to person in providing sound legal advice and risk management in the areas of privacy and data security.


  • Juris Doctorate or equivalent and license to practice law in at least one jurisdiction.
  • 7 years relevant legal experience.
  • Substantive privacy, data security and related experience, supporting a robust global privacy program within a corporate, law firm, or government environment
  • Substantive knowledge and experience developing, implementing, and maintaining corporate or nonprofit privacy policies, procedures, and infrastructures
  • Experience developing, directing, and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals.
  • Proactive, team-oriented approach with the ability to work autonomously and collaboratively
  • Experience negotiating complex, sensitive or high-profile transactions and agreements.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • CIPP or similar certification preferred.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.