Director of Privacy (R8050)


Elastic is a free and open search company that powers enterprise search, observability, and security solutions built on one technology stack that can be deployed anywhere. From finding documents to monitoring infrastructure to hunting for threats, Elastic makes data usable in real-time and at scale. Thousands of organizations worldwide, including Barclays, Cisco, eBay, Fairfax, ING, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, The Mayo Clinic, NASA, The New York Times, Wikipedia, and Verizon, use Elastic to power mission-critical systems. Founded in 2012, Elastic is a distributed company with Elasticians around the globe. Learn more at

Reporting to our VP of Business Integrity, we are seeking a seasoned privacy attorney to serve as Director of Privacy. This position is ideal for an ambitious and collaborative subject matter expert with experience managing a team of attorneys. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic, fully distributed global enterprise and foster the continued development of its global privacy program. This role requires a leader who thrives in working cross-functionally to drive privacy compliance and awareness across the company, including in product development, procurement, HR, finance, legal, sales, and other areas. We will consider applicants in the United States or Europe.

What You Will Be Doing:

  • Lead a team of three experienced privacy professionals who are responsible for the operation of Elastic’s privacy processes and controls.
  • Lead the Data Privacy Program, providing strategic direction and insights to support a business-forward, innovative and risk-based approach.
  • Advise on legal and business strategies for mitigating privacy related risks, ensuring compliance with regulations and laws and best practices regarding data governance.
  • Advise senior leadership on privacy and data protection-related matters, and respond to inquires from a wide range of stakeholders within the company and provide practical advice consistent with Elastic’s risk tolerance.
  • Maintain subject matter expertise in applicable foreign and domestic regulations pertaining to privacy and data security, and stay on top of changes and new developments. This includes analysis of the impact of new or pending laws and regulations on Elastic’s business and operations.
  • Support the product, customer-facing and supplier-facing legal teams with legal advice related to security and privacy contract terms.
  • Oversee and assist with routine work, such as privacy notices and policies, privacy impact assessments, data protection impact assessments, transfer impact assessments, records of processing activities, data subject access requests, and data processing/usage/transfer agreements.
  • Assist with privacy training and awareness efforts to strengthen Elastic's culture of privacy.

What You Bring:

  • An active license to practice law.
  • Minimum 8 years of legal experience specific to privacy, with preference for those who also have at least 3 years of in-house experience in a managerial role.
  • Experience overseeing the operational aspects of a privacy program, such as developing and/or implementing systems and processes for: Mitigating customer and vendor privacy risks, Data inventory/categorization/mapping, Compliance with data subject access requests and deletion requests, Providing required notices and collecting required consents, Auditing and monitoring data lifecycle controls, and Conducting privacy risk and impact assessments.
  • Experience addressing complex matters encompassing U.S. and European data privacy and cybersecurity regulations.
  • Experience reviewing, drafting and negotiating privacy and data protection contract terms and agreements, data processing, usage, and/or transfer agreements.
  • Instinct to be proactive, ability to exercise independent judgment, and effective approaches partnering with cross-functional teams.
  • Strong sense of ownership and must be comfortable in a dynamic and evolving environment.
  • Excellent judgment, character, and professional integrity.

Compensation for this role is in the form of base salary.  This role does not have a variable compensation component.  

The typical starting salary range for new hires in this role is listed below.  In select locations (including Seattle WA, Los Angeles CA, the San Francisco Bay Area CA, and the New York City Metro Area), an alternate range may apply as specified below. 

These ranges represent the lowest to highest salary we reasonably and in good faith believe we would pay for this role at the time of this posting.  We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range, and the ranges may be modified in the future.  

An employee's position within the salary range will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, performance, and business or organizational needs.

Elastic believes that employees should have the opportunity to share in the value that we create together for our shareholders. Therefore, in addition to cash compensation, this role is currently eligible to participate in Elastic's stock program.  Our total rewards package also includes a company-matched 401k with dollar-for-dollar matching up to 6% of eligible earnings, along with a range of other benefits offered with a holistic emphasis on employee well-being.

The typical starting salary range for this role is:
$192,300$304,200 USD
The typical starting salary range for this role in the select locations listed above is:
$230,700$365,000 USD

Additional Information - We Take Care of Our People

As a distributed company, diversity drives our identity. Whether you’re looking to launch a new career or grow an existing one, Elastic is the type of company where you can balance great work with great life. Your age is only a number. It doesn’t matter if you’re just out of college or your children are; we need you for what you can do.

We strive to have parity of benefits across regions and while regulations differ from place to place, we believe taking care of our people is the right thing to do.

  • Competitive pay based on the work you do here and not your previous salary
  • Health coverage for you and your family in many locations
  • Ability to craft your calendar with flexible locations and schedules for many roles
  • Generous number of vacation days each year
  • Increase your impact - We match up to $2000 (or local currency equivalent) for financial donations and service
  • Up to 40 hours each year to use toward volunteer projects you love
  • Embracing parenthood with minimum of 16 weeks of parental leave

Different people approach problems differently. We need that. Elastic is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation.

We welcome individuals with disabilities and strive to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all individuals. To request an accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please email We will reply to your request within 24 business hours of submission.

Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws, view posters linked below: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Poster; Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision Poster; Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) Poster and Know Your Rights (Poster)

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