Corporate Counsel at Newsela

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The Role: 

As Newsela embarks on our next phase of growth, we’re looking for an exceptional Corporate Counsel who will help continue to elevate and optimize our legal function as we scale. As Corporate Counsel you will be the point of contact for managing and negotiating commercial contracts that will drive Newsela’s aggressive business growth. You’ll also lead the charge in building upon our existing legal programs, and designing new systems and processes to enhance productivity and ensure we remain compliant with all global laws and regulations. Your work will include commercial transactions, privacy, data security, and leading projects with our outside counsel, all with the end goal of helping us deliver the best possible solutions to students and teachers around the world. You’ll take proactive measures to stay up to date on any new legislation that could impact our business, and will be resource guiding our team through changes and will provide legal insight as we build and evolve our products. 

Why You’ll Love This Role:

As Corporate Counsel, you will have an immediate impact on key aspects of Newsela’s ability to scale and deepen our impact on improving K-12 education. You’ll have the opportunity to provide counsel on a broad range of issues to our leadership team, and will be an expert legal opinion on everything from commercial contracts, intellectual property, privacy. data policies, to education mandates. You’ll get to flex your creative thinking and practical lawyering to address complex questions at the intersection of education and technology. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop and implement systems and processes to refine and scale our business’ internal efficiency as we grow. You’ll be part of a passionate, driven team laser-focused on improving the classroom experience for teachers and students around the world.

Why We’ll Love You: 

With your 5+ years working in law firms or in-house as legal counsel, you’ve gained a breadth of legal experience working with commercial contracts, and global privacy law. You’re a skilled problem-solver with an acute ability to discern potential issues in contracts, and draft comprehensive contracts and policies that will enable responsible business growth. You’re an artful communicator, confident advising CEOs and executive leadership teams on complex legal matters and providing thoughtful, actionable insight. You approach unfamiliar areas with a can-do mentality, and your passion for supporting a mission-oriented, high-growth business drives your relentless pursuit of the best possible solution for your team. You’re extremely curious, detail-oriented, organized, and efficient, and you can seamlessly balance business needs based on priority. Ideally, you also have experience contracting with government entities, maybe even in education and/or student privacy.

About Newsela:

Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that combines engaging, leveled content with integrated formative assessments and insights to supercharge engagement and learning in every subject. Students and teachers use Newsela to find digital content from 100+ of the best sources—from National Geographic to NASA, to Encyclopedia Britannica, the Washington Post to the Wichita Eagle. Content is instructionalized to meet students where they are, with interactive tools and analytics to take them where they want to go. Newsela has become an essential solution for schools and districts, with a presence in over 90% of U.S. K-12 schools. Newsela is the content platform for the connected classroom.

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What’s the vibe like in the office?

Amazing. Newsela is a trusting and responsible environment where we have control to get our work done when and where is best for us.


Lead Web Application Developer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

On the Community team, we work with school leaders and teachers to create innovative applications of Newsela article content to support our mission to "unlock the written word for everyone". Our goal is to engage and empower educators with tools to enhance their students' learning.


Educator Specialist

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I've grown leaps and bounds at Newsela! I initially started out as an enterprise sales development representative and went through a mentorship program to transition to the account management team! I cannot measure the amount of growth I've experienced the past two years.


Account Manager

What is your vision for the company?

I work with a team of kind, smart people, who are energizing on a daily basis. It is important to put your values to work during the interview process—create accountability for culture when new people join, and don't forget about it as they grow.


Chief Technology Officer

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The Newsela office is a collaborative workspace. The office is designed to reflect the clients we serve. We love to keep our mission of "Unlocking the Written Word for Everyone" top of mind.


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What are Newsela Perks + Benefits

Friends Outside of Work
Eat Lunch Together
Intracompany Committees
Newsela offers the opportunity to join various affinity groups operated by members of each community to help facilitate an inclusive and diverse workplace where all people are valued.
Open Door Policy
Team-Owned Deliverables
Team-Based Strategic Planning
Group Brainstorming Sessions
Open Office Floor Plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team Workouts
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-Work Program Post Parental Leave
Company-Sponsored Family Events
Every year we bring Newsela's youngsters to our offices for our Take Your Child to Newsela Day. It's one of our favorite days of the year, filled with crafts, story time, workshops, and even yoga!
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
We provide free daily breakfast. Employees can select from our cereal bar, yogurts, oatmeal, fruit, granola bars and unlimited cold brew on tap!
Game Room
Our teams love to take time to challenge each other to a game of ping pong or pool throughout the day, and maybe even a ping pong tournament every now and then.
Stocked Kitchen
Newsela has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the flavored seltzer you can handle. You might even be able to catch a Top Chef competition every now and then.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and Learns
Cross Functional Training Encouraged
Promote from Within
Continuing Education Stipend
We offer an annual stipend to encourage all employees to keep learning!
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