Associate General Counsel, WhatsApp (Privacy and Regulatory)

Menlo Park, California, US

WhatsApp is a fast growing communication company with over 1 billion active users globally. We help bring friends, families, communities, futbol groups, doctors, storm chasers, and millions of others together. We are just getting started. We are looking for the best individuals to grow and support this incredible community of users. WhatsApp has been ranked as one of the Top 25 most downloaded apps in over 100 countries in the Apple App Store and has received over 1 Billion installs from Google Play. This role involves leading and handling cutting-edge and complex legal projects and matters involving global privacy compliance and other global regulatory compliance areas. You must have flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and organizational needs. In addition, you must have the ability to operate independently in a fast-paced, small but growing environment and work collaboratively and proactively with the legal teams well as other internal and external stakeholders. This is a full-time position based at our headquarters in Menlo Park, CA.


  • Represent company before regulators and other relevant parties across the world
  • Implement compliance strategy with applicable law and regulations across the world relating to privacy, security, consumer protection, marketing, competition, and telecom, among other areas
  • Potential management opportunities
  • Support regulatory compliance and other counseling matters globally
  • Support other areas as necessary globally
  • Review and advise on pending and developing applicable law and regulation globally, working with the policy team
  • Work on projects in other areas, including areas involving unfamiliar subject matters
  • Collaborate with other members of the WhatsApp and Facebook legal and policy teams on the above as appropriate
  • Travel globally

Minimum Qualification

  • J.D. degree and membership in at least one state bar
  • 10+ years experience doing regulatory compliance work and supporting and/or litigating regulatory and compliance matters and representing companies in regulatory inquiries
  • Privacy, security, consumer protection, marketing, competition, and telecom experience, including engagement experiences and relationships with applicable regulatory bodies
  • Experience learning new areas of law and regulation in a variety of jurisdictions
  • Experience providing business-focused legal advice
  • Leadership and team management experience
  • Experience working with mobile and/or Internet and technology companies
  • Experience leading projects with cross-functional stakeholders
  • Leadership and team management experience

WhatsApp is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.

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