Privacy Counsel Assistant Director (Atlanta, GA, US, 30308)


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Data Privacy Counsel Assistant Director

Position Summary:

The Privacy Counsel is a member of the Ernst & Young LLP (EY) U.S. General Counsel’s Office (GCO) and provides legal support related to a wide range of privacy issues (including data protection, cross-border data transfers, data retention, data sharing and incident response) and related information security and information technology issues; supports procurement agreements from a privacy perspective; and supports and negotiates services agreements and related technology agreements across EY’s Service Lines from a privacy perspective.  This role involves understanding and advising on state and federal privacy laws and regulations (including state data breach requirements and applicable sectoral laws and regulations) and the impact of applicable international regulations (e.g., GDPR).  The work is complex and requires sound experience in data privacy, data protection and related areas, as well as contract law and drafting and negotiating professional services agreements.  This role reports to the GCO U.S. Lead Privacy Counsel. 


Essential Functions of the Job:

  • Providing practical advice and guidance on privacy and related issues to internal clients and stakeholders, and developing solutions to such issues while effectively managing legal and practical business considerations
  • Advising on applicable state, federal and international privacy laws and regulations, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA),  and related matters as they relate to EY, including Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs)
  • Reviewing and negotiating privacy and data protection terms with EY clients and vendors, including data processing agreements (DPAs); data transfer agreements (DTAs); data protection, information security and related agreements; and Business Associate Agreements (BAAs)
  • Supporting EY’s security incident and data breach management, response and resolution efforts, including supporting investigations and advising on notification requirements
  • Working collaboratively with internal clients to develop strategies to address identified issues
  • Advising client engagement teams and the relevant Service Line leaders of the key legal risks of the proposed project or contract, including the legal and regulatory issues that need to be addressed early in the process
  • When considering items with implications beyond the EY U.S. firm, consulting with legal counsel in other member firms around the world to explain the objective of the activity, the data or personnel that will be impacted, how risks will be mitigated and managed; and addressing any remaining local issues with the affected member firms, the counterparty and other stakeholders
  • Interpreting and explaining contract terms and conditions for internal clients and stakeholders
  • Confirming that contracts are compliant with EY policies and maintaining an understanding of the impact of any changes in EY’s policies, organizational structure and procedures
  • Assisting with drafting of privacy statements, privacy notices, terms of use and disclosures
  • Effectively managing workflow, including multiple projects, in a proactive and highly responsive manner
  • Attending GCO meetings and training sessions, and working with other GCO attorneys to update templates, policies and contracting procedures


Analytical/Decision Making Responsibilities:

  • Provide advice based on the appropriate balance of risk mitigation and business interests on a real-time basis
  • Use of independent judgment and thinking applied to resolution of issues
  • Identify the projects that require communication to and consultation within GCO or with other EY member firms or other functions (e.g., independence, finance, risk management) and advise EY internal teams and functions on how these risks can be addressed
  • Escalate identified key issues and contractual provisions in accordance with EY policies/protocols
  • Work independently on projects, with limited direction, and draw upon extensive knowledge and experience to deliver quality risk management 


Knowledge and Skills Requirements:

  • Excellent organizational skills; demonstrated ability to create, plan and successfully execute projects; and the ability to meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to interface and communicate effectively and diplomatically with all levels of EY personnel
  • Experience with privacy laws and regulations (including data protection, cross-border data transfers, data retention, data sharing and incident response), negotiation techniques, transactional analysis, contract law, commercial agreements and workload/project management
  • Excellent negotiation and drafting skills
  • High degree of cultural and emotional intelligence
  • Ability to understand, and accurately articulate and document, complex concepts
  • Ability to assess size and scope of contemplated transactions and to tailor approach accordingly
  • Understanding of when to consult with and seek the input of others
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks with competing deadlines
  • Ability to foster teamwork and maintain effective working relationships with internal clients/stakeholders
  • Responsiveness with ability to manage high workload volumes efficiently and effectively
  • Commercial, solution-oriented thinking, with a focus on exceptional client service


Supervision Responsibilities:

  • The Privacy Counsel will receive general direction from a supervisor and should consult with the supervisor when dealing with complex or high-risk issues 
  • This role is expected to work independently and should be comfortable proceeding based on guidance and general direction rather than hands-on micromanagement and supervision
  • This position may also contribute to training and development of team members



  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited 4-year college
  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school



  • Approximately 3 – 6 or more years of relevant work experience in a related role, with a particular emphasis on data privacy matters
  • A recognized privacy certification, such as CIPP/US, is a plus, but not required
  • Membership in a State Bar as an attorney; qualified to practice law as an in-house attorney in Georgia
  • Good standing with the State Bar, including being current on individual state Continuing Legal Education requirements

What we offer


We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. In addition, our Total Rewards package includes medical and dental coverage, pension and 401(k) plans, and a wide range of paid time off options. Under our flexible vacation policy, you’ll decide how much vacation time you need based on your own personal circumstances. You’ll also be granted time off for designated EY Paid Holidays, Winter/Summer breaks, Personal/Family Care, and other leaves of absence when needed to support your physical, financial, and emotional well-being.


  • Continuous learning: You’ll develop the mindset and skills to navigate whatever comes next.
  • Success as defined by you: We’ll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way.
  • Transformative leadership: We’ll give you the insights, coaching and confidence to be the leader the world needs.
  • Diverse and inclusive culture: You’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.


If you can demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.


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