(Remote Work) Associate General Counsel, European Policy – DuckDuckGo


Job Overview:

  • Company Website: https://duckduckgo.com/
  • Remote Locations: Worldwide
  • Job Type: Full Time

Hi, we’re DuckDuckGo, the Internet privacy company for everyone who’s had enough of hidden online tracking and wants to take back their privacy now. For over a decade, we’ve been building our all-in-one product, developing new privacy technology, and working with policymakers to make online privacy simple and accessible for all.

Our app is now downloaded more than 50M times a year, and our private search engine packaged with it has become the #2 search engine on mobile in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the Netherlands. Oh, and we’ve been profitable since 2014 with revenue currently exceeding $100 million a year! Now, we’re rolling out a suite of new privacy solutions, including Email Protection, App Tracking Protection and our first-ever Desktop Apps for Mac and Windows.

We’re looking for an Associate General Counsel, European Policy to help shape our all-in-one privacy solution and join our mission to show the world that protecting your privacy online can be simple.

How We Will Support You

Our core values — build trust, question assumptions, and validate direction — underpin how we work day-to-day and the support we give our team members. We strive to empower our team members to be self-directed and self-motivated in their work.

  • Remote First, Always: We’ve always been a fully distributed company with team members all over the world. We trust you to get your work done wherever, whenever.
  • Commitment to Personal Growth: Every team member has an annual budget of $1,250 USD to invest in their professional development. Every team member also has a dedicated Career Advisor, who serves as a guide to help you develop your strengths, identify your motivations, and understand your opportunities for growth.
  • Leadership: We have many different types of leaders and possible combinations of leadership roles, so you can grow your career in a way that aligns best with your personal goals. You can seek additional leadership roles by being directly responsible for projects, taking ownership of areas of the company, developing and maintaining internal processes, or pursuing advisory roles.
  • Work/Life Balance: Team members have the freedom and flexibility to organize their own work schedules. We want you to thrive both in and out of the office. We trust you to use good judgment and take the time off that you need to bring your best self to work.

We also offer paid parental leave, a co-working stipend, office setup reimbursement, and a wellness stipend. More support resources can be found in our, Team Member Support Guide, which explains how we make your well-being a priority.

For more information on how we collaborate worldwide, from leadership in our relatively flat organization to start-to-finish ownership, check out DuckDuckGo Culture: How We Work.


Annual compensation range: $193,333 – 210,000 USD and stock options.

Hiring Process

Hiring works best when it’s a two-way street. Learn how we help you get to know DuckDuckGo and envision your future role here. Find out more about how we hire.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DuckDuckGo provides equal work opportunities to all team members and applicants, and it prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

We want to ensure that our hiring process is accessible. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process because of a medical condition or disability, please send an email to careers@duckduckgo.com to let us know the nature of your request.

If you think you might thrive in this environment, we would love to hear from you.

Please note that:

  • Sometimes we meet up! Expect to travel at least two times a year: once for our all-hands meetup and again for a team retreat (each around 4-5 days). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance is optional and you can choose not to meet up in person if that’s your preference.
  • While we offer a flexible work arrangement with no core hours, expect an average full-time commitment of 40 hours per week.
  • A successful candidate will be subject to a background check and must receive satisfactory results of the same, as a condition of joining the team.
  • By applying for this role, you confirm that all information submitted is accurate and complete. You further acknowledge that providing false or fraudulent information during the application process is cause for denial of an offer, revocation of any existing offer, or other adverse action, up to and including termination after the start of your commencement of work.

Job Responsibilities:

  • You will be the go-to legal counsel on European policy matters at DuckDuckGo, playing a pivotal role in supporting our efforts across Europe. Working closely with our Public Policy Manager, you’ll partner to pragmatically assess risks and opportunities to pioneer the most effective way to advance our vision of raising the standard of trust online.
  • You will also coordinate our regulatory compliance strategy across Europe and respond to subpoenas related to competition law enforcement, ensuring compliance with relevant consumer protection and safety regulations (e.g., the Digital Services Act and the UK Online Safety Bill). You’ll support our engagement with data protection authorities in Europe, in partnership with our privacy manager, to help us comply and promote the highest standard in privacy protection.
  • Lastly, you will work closely with the Law & Policy team to ensure a globally consistent approach to policy and regulatory compliance.

Job Requirements:

  • 10+ years of experience working in EU policy, legal, or government settings; high degree of familiarity with public policy and administrative processes.
  • EU legal qualifications with previous experience providing advice in several European jurisdictions as a lawyer.
  • Familiarity with Internet technologies and the surrounding policy and regulatory environments; a demonstrated ability to quickly get up to speed on complex technical and regulatory issues.
  • Experience handling regulatory and enforcement matters.
  • Experience building relationships with relevant regulators and working with external counsel to handle regulatory and enforcement matters.
  • Excellent judgment and experience in providing pragmatic counsel and strategic advice.
  • Highly collaborative and able to effectively influence decisions in a flat organization.
  • Advanced writing skills, including ability to develop written communication on complex legal and policy issues for government decision makers, internal teams and the general public.
  • Fluent in English and at least one other primary European language.

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