Principal - Privacy Assessments

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We’re Coinbase. We’re the world’s most trusted way to join the crypto revolution, serving more than 89 million accounts in more than 100 countries. 

Our mission is to increase economic freedom around the world, and we couldn’t do this without hiring the best people. We’re a group of hard-working overachievers who are deeply focused on building the future of finance and Web 3.0 for our users across the globe, whether they’re trading, storing, staking or using crypto. Know those people who always lead the group project? That’s us.

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we look for candidates who will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, and disrupt ourselves. Second, we expect all employees to commit to our mission-focused approach to our work. Finally, we seek people who are excited to learn about and live crypto, because those are the folks who enjoy the intense moments in our sprint and recharge work culture. We’re a remote-first company looking to hire the absolute best talent all over the world.

Ready to #LiveCrypto? Who you are:

  • You’ve got positive energy. You’re optimistic about the future and determined to get there. 
  • You’re never tired of learning. You want to be a pro in bleeding edge tech like DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and Web 3.0. 
  • You appreciate direct communication. You’re both an active communicator and an eager listener - because let’s face it, you can’t have one without the other. You’re cool with candid feedback and see every setback as an opportunity to grow.
  • You can pivot on the fly. Crypto is constantly evolving, so our priorities do, too. What you worked on last month may not be what you work on today, and that excites you. You’re not looking for a boring job.
  • You have a “can do” attitude. Our teams create high-quality work on quick timelines. Owning a problem doesn’t scare you, but rather empowers you to take 100% responsibility for achieving our mission.
  • You want to be part of a winning team. We’re stronger together, and you’re a person who embraces being pushed out of your comfort zone.

Coinbase is looking for a seasoned privacy subject matter expert to partner across the business, help shepherd complex privacy assessments and to embed privacy into everything we do. As a lead, you excel in building relationships and applying strong domain expertise and judgment to deliver outcomes that balance privacy risk and business outcomes. You will be encouraged to ideate on how Coinbase approaches privacy topics, while equipping the privacy team to craft roadmaps with their partners and increase privacy maturity.

What you’ll be doing (ie. job duties):

  • Partnering with the business teams to conduct privacy assessments and be an advisor
  • Provide input on capability and maturity requirements to meet organizational needs, and inform the strategy to hire, build, or buy the right resources to meet those requirements
  • Collaborate with Privacy leadership to develop program and team level objectives and key results
  • Identify and drive process improvements to streamline and shift-left the privacy reviews engagement, and work with your Privacy and Security peers to define feedback loops across global governance, risk, and compliance functions
  • Conduct targeted privacy risk assessments. Present results and drive remediation
  • Develop close partnerships with internal customers by embedding yourself into the roadmap planning processes for the teams you work with
  • Advocate for internal privacy principles and identify creative ways to embed concepts of privacy by design into operational activities 
  • Oversee large scale privacy projects that are highly complex & cross functional in nature
  • Reviewing product documentation and technical specifications for privacy impacts and collaborating with relevant stakeholders on remediation
  • Serve as a point of escalation for Privacy assessments, identify opportunities to address systemic challenges, and equip your team to drive issue resolution

What we look for in you (ie. job requirements):

  • 10+ years experience (5+ in a privacy role)
  • Depth of experience building a privacy by design framework, conducting privacy assessments and running privacy compliance efforts
  • Strong knowledge of privacy issues in relation to evolving technology (e.g., mobile, cloud, data lakes, machine learning)
  • Experience building risk management frameworks (preferably in security or privacy) to objectively measure privacy risks, monitor risk levels, and track remediation 
  • A strong ability to dig into personal data and data flows from a technical perspective
  • Ability to translate privacy standards out of compliance speak, and into functional requirements 
  • Master knowledge of privacy best practices, and working knowledge of major legal frameworks (e.g., CCPA, GDPR, PIPEDA, ePrivacy)
  • You are willing to learn and apply processes unique to the challenges at Coinbase
  • You are comfortable operating on an unpaved road to construct the first privacy partners program, and think creatively about how best to build a team over time

Nice to haves:

  • Customer-facing experience (e.g. consulting, account management) 
  • A certification such as CIPP/US, CIPP/E, or CIPT is a plus, but not a requirement

Notice for Colorado applicants as required by sb19-085 (8-5-20). Target annual salary for this role performed in Colorado, is $223,550 + target bonus + target equity + benefits (including medical, dental, vision and 401(k)).

ID: P29606

Please note that for employees based in the US, Philippines, Canada or Singapore, if your role requires you to be present in a Coinbase office or if you choose to be physically present in a Coinbase office or sponsored location, you will be required to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 (as defined by applicable law).  If you receive an offer, you will receive additional information about the grounds and process for an exemption.

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

Coinbase is committed to diversity in its workforce and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by applicable law. Coinbase will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.  For US applicants, you may view Pay Transparency, Employee Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law notices by clicking on their corresponding links.  Additionally, Coinbase participates in the E-Verify program in certain locations, as required by law.    

Coinbase is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to accommodations[at] and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.  For quick access to screen reading technology compatible with this site click here to download a free compatible screen reader (free step by step tutorial can be found here).

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Benefits at Coinbase
  • Health, Dental, and Vision insurance covered at 100% for employees and 80% for dependents
  • HSA plan with company seed
  • Disability and Life Insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • $260 monthly Commuter Benefit
  • Monthly Gym Benefit
  • Volunteer Time Off
  • Fertility Counseling and Benefits
  • Learning and Development stipend
  • 18 weeks paid Parental Leave
  • Meals and Snacks provided onsite
  • The option of getting paid in digital currency

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