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Senior Counsel, University Partnerships and Degrees
June 7, 2018
Mountain View, California
Full Time - Senior Attorney
5-7 years experience
Coursera is scaling a global platform to provide universal access to the world’s best education, and we’re motivated by the passion and mission to transform lives through learning. Our platform has reached over 30 million learners worldwide and we have partnered with 150+ elite universities around the globe with over 2,000 courses in our catalog. We offer Courses, Specializations, Certificates, and Degrees to meet the needs and goals of the diverse learners who come to Coursera.
In 2016, we began offering fully accredited online Masters degrees which ?provide ?a? more convenient, lower-cost,?? “stackable”? means of earning credentials identical ?to their ??traditional? on-campus?? counterparts. We also launched Coursera for Business, partnering with enterprise companies around the world to provide access to curated skill development for their employees.
As part of Coursera’s Legal and Compliance team, you will play a key role in increasing global access to world-class education. You will help build and strengthen Coursera’s university partnerships in both the consumer and online degree spaces, and you will work across the organization (with sales, business development, product, and partner relations) in service of Coursera’s growth and long-term success. You will be expected to provide a proactive and collaborative approach to the legal issues associated with a dynamic organization committed to redefining the future of higher education.
You should be a highly strategic, proactive attorney who is well-versed in the business dynamics and regulatory environment of higher education. You will be innovative and entrepreneurial, capable of creating solutions that facilitate the company’s initiatives to assure the success and growth of the organization.
To be successful in this role, we’re looking for someone who is passionate about the intersection of education, law, and business. We want a candidate who is energized by the challenges of working in a startup, and has a strong desire to learn new areas of law and function as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team. This role will engage with all levels of employees and management, so communication skills (written and verbal) are vital to strong working relationships. In addition, you will be challenged to apply your skills and expertise to the legal and business issues that arise from a fast-moving, innovative workplace.
You personally exhibit a conviction that the world needs Coursera to be wildly successful and alignment to our core values:
Betterment: a tireless pursuit to drive results
Boldness: take risks and act decisively
Deep Honesty: invite and offer candid feedback in order to learn, change, and grow
Solidarity: recognize that we are part of something bigger than ourselves and are committed to our mission
Advising on risks and liabilities of proposed university partnership and online degree hosting transactions, and devising creative and practical legal solutions to meet business objectives.
Drafting and negotiating a wide variety of university partner and online degree hosting agreements, including inbound vendor and consultant agreements and outbound online degree hosting agreements, for university partnerships and business development teams and other clients.
Working closely with business development and strategy teams to create legal frameworks for new product offerings.
Acting as day-to-day legal counsel for a university partnerships team that supports the over 150 Coursera university partners.
Work closely with the Product and Engineering teams to advise on new features and ensure compliance with regulatory and contractual obligations.
Consulting outside counsel, as necessary, to obtain the necessary expertise to advise and counsel business team leaders.
Obtaining and maintaining a strong knowledge of the company, its mission, strategy and values, product and service offerings, and objectives of supported business units.
Assisting the Legal and Compliance team’s efforts in the preparation, implementation and refinement of forms, processes and procedures.
Providing substantive support for the rest of the Legal and Compliance team on an as-needed basis.
Keeping abreast of applicable laws, regulations and industry guidance that impact Coursera’s agreements and business practices.
If this opportunity interests you, you might like these courses on Coursera:
At least 4-8 years of relevant experience, and prior in-house counsel experience in, or counselling to, higher education is strongly preferred.
Must be admitted, and in active and good standing with the California State Bar (or able to register for California State Bar’s in-house counsel program).
Demonstrated experience advising clients in structuring and negotiating complex global contracts.
Ability to identify and resolve issues relating to privacy, data-sharing, and student privacy.
Effectively represent the interests of the Legal and Compliance team at cross-functional meetings collaborating on everything from business strategy to product design.
Proven strong and astute negotiation skills, with impeccable judgment.
Highly analytical and have exceptional business and legal issue identification and problem-solving skills.
Possess a practical, business-oriented approach to legal problem-solving and be able to effectively counsel internal clients by providing them with clear and concise advice, and creative solutions where necessary, on timelines to meet multiple business needs and within the confines of the relevant legal and regulatory landscape.
Ability to assist and guide internal and external clients through the regulatory environment that affects the educational sector and the complex and changing federal and state education policy processes.
Familiarity with state and international regulatory issues relevant to navigating the cross-border environment for online education.
Working knowledge of FERPA, GDPR, accreditation, state authorization, Title IV, and ADA accessibility compliance as it pertains to online education.
Operate autonomously while being a team player who brings a positive, “can do” attitude to the workplace and works collaboratively with other members of the Legal & Compliance team and with internal clients.
Be collegial, hardworking, confident, a self-starter and have a passion for results.
Comfort in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with competing deadlines and multiple stakeholders.
Possess integrity and a commitment to ethics.
Marketing and product counseling experience a plus.
About Coursera, Inc.
Coursera is an education-focused technology company that connects millions of learners around the world with the skills and knowledge they need to transform their lives and careers. We're providing access to top-quality university-level education at a previously unimagined scale, empowering learners, organizations, and enterprises to build the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century.
Coursera was founded in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors, Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng. We are headquartered in Mountain View, California, and are backed by top venture firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, GSV Capital, International Finance Corporation, Laureate Education Inc, and Learn Capital.
Mission: Provide universal access to the world’s best education.