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Lead Employment Counsel

$238,000- $302,000/ year
Posted Apr 23
Full Time
On Site
New York, New York

The Legal team at Asana works collaboratively across functions to achieve our ambitious mission of fostering effortless teamwork for everyone. We are a tightly-knit and cooperative group committed to supporting teams throughout the organization, ensuring they have the necessary resources for success while protecting Asana's core values and interests. Within our team, we exchange ideas, collectively solve problems, and collaborate with other groups to navigate through challenging issues. Join our expanding team as we actively contribute to Asana's mission.

Specifically, we’re looking for an experienced employment counsel to support our People team, which includes people operations, talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, and employee engagement. Based out of our San Francisco or New York office, this role will report to our Head of Global Employment and requires someone with deep expertise in advising on US employment matters, including particular expertise in California employment law and employment litigation. This is a great opportunity to join a mission-driven company and offers exposure to a wide variety of global employment law matters. 

This role is based in either our San Francisco or New York City office with an office-centric hybrid schedule. The standard in-office days are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Most Asanas have the option to work from home on Wednesdays. Working from home on Fridays depends on the type of work you do and the teams with which you partner. If you're interviewing for this role, your recruiter will share more about the in-office requirements.


What you’ll achieve

  • Assist in the management of US employment litigation, including resolving demand letters and pre-litigation disputes, supervising discovery, and managing both outside counsel and internal resources
  • Be a partner to our People team (includes People Operations, Talent Acquisition, Compensation and Benefits, Learning & Development, Diversity & Inclusion, and Employee Engagement) to provide subject matter expertise on a full range of US  employment-related issues, including accommodations, leaves, performance management, recruiting, hiring, compensation and benefits, retention, growth and development, and employee relations issues
  • Opportunity to learn, advise, and support our teams on international employment law issues in both EMEA and APAC. 
  • Partner with the Employee Relations team on workplace investigations and employee relations concerns
  • With the People Team, co-create policies and procedures, as well as coordinate and drive completion of employment related projects, including internal process reviews, new policy roll-outs and implementation
  • Drive the creation and delivery of regular training related to both US and international employment law matters
  • Promote compliance with legal requirements including, ADA, wage & hour, exempt classification, and workplace safety
  • Review offer letters, as needed, contractor agreements, vendor agreements, and compensation and benefits plans, including templates.


About you

  • JD or equivalent and U.S.-qualified 
  • CA or NY bar required
  • 8-10  years of experience working at both a law firm counseling high-growth technology companies on employment matters, as well as experience  working in-house (preferably at a tech company) as an employment counsel
  • Experience advising on California and federal employment law, New York a plus, and interest in learning and supporting global employment law issues. 
  • Subject matter expertise advising on U.S. employment matters, including FLSA, litigation, compensation, equity, regulatory compliance, recruiting, employee relations, and general employment and office related policies
  • Excellent legal and business judgment with the ability to assess situations and questions quickly, often without perfect information, and understand the relative importance of various decisions
  • Ability to partner with stakeholders to provide clear, actionable, and practical advice 
  • Track record of taking initiative, working well across an organization and having the ability to work independently, handle multiple projects with competing deadlines, and able to thrive in ambiguity

At Asana, we're committed to building teams that include a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills, as this is critical to helping us achieve our mission. If you're interested in this role and don't meet every listed requirement, we still encourage you to apply.


What we’ll offer

Our comprehensive compensation package plays a big part in how we recognize you for the impact you have on our path to achieving our mission. We believe that compensation should be reflective of the value you create relative to the market value of your role. To ensure pay is fair and not impacted by biases, we're committed to looking at market value which is why we check ourselves and conduct a yearly pay equity audit.

For this role, the estimated base salary range is between $238,000 - $302,000. The actual base salary will vary based on various factors, including market and individual qualifications objectively assessed during the interview process. The listed range above is a guideline, and the base salary range for this role may be modified.

In addition to base salary, your compensation package may include additional components such as equity, sales incentive pay (for most sales roles), and benefits. If you're interviewing for this role, speak with your Talent Acquisition Partner to learn more about the total compensation and benefits for this role.


We strive to provide equitable and competitive benefits packages that support our employees worldwide and include:

  • Mental health, wellness & fitness benefits
  • Career coaching & support
  • Inclusive family building benefits
  • Long-term savings or retirement plans
  • In-office culinary options to cater to your dietary preferences 

These are just some of the benefits we offer, and benefits may vary based on role, country, and local regulations. If you're interviewing for this role, speak with your Talent Acquisition Partner to learn more about the total compensation and benefits for this role.


About us

Asana helps teams orchestrate their work, from small projects to strategic initiatives. Millions of teams around the world rely on Asana to achieve their most important goals, faster. Asana has been named a Top 10 Best Workplace for 5 years in a row, is Fortune's #1 Best Workplace in the Bay Area, and one of Glassdoor’s and Inc.’s Best Places to Work. After spending more than a year physically distanced, Team Asana is safely and mindfully returning to in-person collaboration, incorporating flexibility that adds hybrid elements to our office-centric culture. With 11+ offices all over the world, we are always looking for individuals who care about building technology that drives positive change in the world and a culture where everyone feels that they belong. 

We believe in supporting people to do their best work and thrive, and building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive company is core to our mission. Our goal is to ensure that Asana upholds an inclusive environment where all people feel that they are equally respected and valued, whether they are applying for an open position or working at the company. We provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also comply with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and similar laws in other locations.