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Director and Associate General Counsel- Commercial

Posted Aug 30
San Francisco, California

About The Team

The mission of the legal department at Databricks is to help scale the business overall while ensuring governance and compliance, contributing to customer and corporate security, and corporate risk management and mitigation.


The most dynamic sector in which to build your legal career right now is the global, data-driven, cloud-based provision of artificial intelligence, data analytics, and machine learning services.

Databricks seeks a Director and Associate General Counsel; you will join Databricks' growing commercial legal team supporting the business activities of Databricks, working on diverse matters including reviewing and negotiating customer and business channel agreements and providing legal support for revenue-generating activities of Databricks. Reporting to our VP Legal, Americas, your responsibilities will include supporting our Americas sales team, managing junior legal team members, overseeing commercial contracts, and supporting and resolving issues relating to security, data, and privacy.


  • Establish yourself as a leader of the Americas commercial legal team
  • Manage junior legal team members, mentoring, and being a point of escalation
  • Proven ability to effectively handle high volume of deals with a focus on accelerating and streamlining the negotiation cycle
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and proactively work with Sales to provide training and objection handling strategies to effectively close deals faster
  • Negotiate complex, non-standard agreements
  • Be a Legal business partner to Sales leadership providing general legal advice on forecasting, deal process, and contract management
  • Understand product, data security, and privacy process issues to direct Sales leadership during negotiations
  • Be a subject matter expert in a related function (e.g., privacy, public sector, or procurement)
  • Help with standardization of documentation across multiple jurisdictions
  • Quickly assimilate Databricks' internal structures, product offerings, technology, security/data protection systems, policies, and standard commercial contracts to enable effective support across all lines of business

Qualifications & Experience

  • Relevant tech sector legal experience focused on commercial transactions including complex cloud contracts, with a minimum of 10 years experience including significant experience in-house (preferably at a high-growth technology company)
  • Strong understanding of cloud services, software technology and professional services contracts
  • Strong knowledge of intellectual property, data privacy, and contract law
  • Substantial experience drafting and negotiating complex transactions involving security, privacy and IP issues
  • Solid experience of business process gained in-house relating to commercial, contract, intellectual property and data privacy law
  • Ability to prioritize, manage time, and client expectations in the face of competing demands
  • Current state bar membership
  • Strong leadership ability with proven success leading, mentoring, and guiding junior legal team members
  • Experience supporting US public sector is highly encouraged but not required
  • Have state bar membership in either California or Washington


  • Comprehensive health coverage including medical, dental, and vision
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Equity awards
  • Flexible time off
  • Paid parental leave
  • Family Planning
  • Gym reimbursement
  • Annual personal development fund
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Pay Range Transparency

Databricks is committed to fair and equitable compensation practices. The pay range(s) for this role is listed below and represents base salary range for non-commissionable roles or on-target earnings for commissionable roles. Actual compensation packages are based on several factors that are unique to each candidate, including but not limited to job-related skills, depth of experience, relevant certifications and training, and specific work location. Based on the factors above, Databricks utilizes the full width of the range. The total compensation package for this position may also include eligibility for annual performance bonus, equity, and the benefits listed above. For more information regarding which range your location is in visit our page here.

Zone 2 Pay Range

$187,300—$331,400 USD

About Databricks

Databricks is the data and AI company. More than 9,000 organizations worldwide — including Comcast, Condé Nast, and over 50% of the Fortune 500 — rely on the Databricks Lakehouse Platform to unify their data, analytics and AI. Databricks is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices around the globe. Founded by the original creators of Apache Spark™, Delta Lake and MLflow, Databricks is on a mission to help data teams solve the world’s toughest problems. To learn more, follow Databricks on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

At Databricks, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone can excel. We take great care to ensure that our hiring practices are inclusive and meet equal employment opportunity standards. Individuals looking for employment at Databricks are considered without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.


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