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Senior Legal Counsel, International Programs (One-Year Fellowship)

Khan Academy

Khan Academy

Canada · United States · Mountain View, CA, USA · Remote
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2024


Khan Academy is a nonprofit with the mission to deliver a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Our proven learning platform offers free, high-quality supplemental learning content and practice that cover Pre-K - 12th grade and early college core academic subjects, focusing on math and science. We have over 155 million registered learners globally and are committed to improving learning outcomes for students worldwide, focusing on learners in historically under-resourced communities.


Our students, teachers, and parents come from all walks of life, and so do we. Our team includes people from academia, traditional/non-traditional education, big tech companies, and tiny startups. We hire great people from diverse backgrounds and experiences because it makes our company stronger. We value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as necessary to achieve our mission and impact the communities we serve. We know that transforming education starts in-house with learning about ourselves and our colleagues. We strive to be world-class in investing in our people and commit to developing you as a professional.


At Khan Academy, our legal team is passionate about the intersection of education technology (EdTech), ethical technology, privacy and legal practice. We use our legal skills to advance Khan Academy's mission, centered on helping learners and their families, tutors, teachers, and schools improve learning outcomes worldwide. We’re seeking a like-minded legal professional interested in joining us for a 12-month fellowship, focusing on the expansion of our international programs.


The fellowship offers a unique opportunity for a seasoned legal professional with a strong background in international transactions and privacy regulation to contribute to a meaningful nonprofit mission. We use three models for our international work: in-country operations in select countries (India, Brazil and Peru); in partnerships with local NGOs and through a volunteer program for content localization. Your expertise will help us navigate the complexities of global privacy, education access and equity and will support us in strengthening these models. Khan Academy is also actively working on making our AI-enabled services (Khanmigo) available internationally. This role provides an opportunity to work in the context of a rapidly changing regulatory landscape for privacy, AI and digital services. Join us in our commitment to providing free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.


Our Sr. Legal Counsel - International Operations will play a key role in advancing our international reach:

  • Provide transactional support, with an emphasis on international school programs and developing of our services model in Brazil and India.
  • Coordinate with local counsel in various jurisdictions to ensure that our efforts align with local regulations and to obtain transactional advice.
  • Act as the business partner to international teams within Khan Academy, providing first-line support for legal and transactional advice.
  • Support our privacy compliance efforts, with a special focus on international regulations, ensuring our practices are harmonized across borders.
  • Drive the creation and adoption of standardized processes to scale our global programs in a consistent manner.
  • Develop resources such as contract templates, compliance guides, and training materials tailored for international operations.
  • Tackle additional legal matters as they arise, with a global perspective.

This is a remote role reporting to our General Counsel.


  • 8 or more years of legal practice experience, preferably including in-house experience at a technology company with international operations.
  • strong interest in our mission, and in making a positive difference in the lives of millions of learners, parents, and teachers.Significant experience in managing corporate transactions internationally, with an unwavering focus on detail, consistency, and efficiency.
  • Experience in global data privacy, coupled with a commitment to develop and maintain a deep understanding of privacy regulations relevant to Khan Academy’s operations.
  • Experience researching and analyzing regulatory compliance matters and advising on processes to support ongoing compliance.
  • Strong business judgment: you can analyze, assess and communicate business and legal risks, and develop practical solutions to manage risk.
  • Adept at building strong relationships and working with cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to manage expectations and make decisions about how to prioritize the needs of various international teams
  • Must have a JD or LLM from an accredited law school and be an active member in good standing of at least one US state bar association.


  • Certification in privacy or data security (CIPP or similar)
  • Prior work in privacy compliance programs aligned to major national and international privacy laws (for example, the California CPRA, E.U. GDPR and similar laws)
  • Experience interpreting and applying regulations applicable to child and student privacy
  • A strong interest in our mission, and in making a positive difference in the lives of millions of learners, parents, and teachers.


We may be a non-profit, but we reward our talented team extremely well! We offer:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Ample paid time off as needed – Your well-being is a priority.
  • Remote-first culture - that caters to your time zone, with open flexibility as needed, at times
  • Generous parental leave
  • An exceptional team that trusts you and gives you the freedom to do your best
  • The chance to put your talents towards a deeply meaningful mission and the opportunity to work on high-impact products that are already defining the future of education
  • Opportunities to connect through affinity, ally, and social groups
  • And we offer all those other typical benefits as well: 401(k) + 4% matching & comprehensive insurance, including medical, dental, vision, and life

At Khan Academy we are committed to fair and equitable compensation practices, the well-being of our employees, and our Khan community. This belief is why we have built out a robust Total Rewards package that includes competitive base salaries, and extensive benefits and perks to support physical, mental, and financial well-being.

The target salary range for this position is $188,000 - $235,000 USD / $235,00 - 293,750 CAN. The pay range for this position is a general guideline only. The salary offered will depend on internal pay equity and the candidate’s relevant skills, experience, qualifications, and job market data. Exceptional performers in this role who make an outsized contribution can make well in excess of this range. Additional incentives are provided as part of the complete total rewards package in addition to comprehensive medical and other benefits.



Live & breathe learners

We deeply understand and empathize with our users. We leverage user insights, research, and experience to build content, products, services, and experiences that our users trust and love. Our success is defined by the success of our learners and educators.

Take a stand

As a company, we have conviction in our aspirational point of view of how education will evolve. The work we do is in service to moving towards that point of view. However, we also listen, learn and flex in the face of new data, and commit to evolving this point of view as the industry and our users evolve.

Embrace diverse perspectives

We are a diverse community. We seek out and embrace a diversity of voices, perspectives and life experiences leading to stronger, more inclusive teams and better outcomes. As individuals, we are committed to bringing up tough topics and leaning into different points of view with curiosity. We actively listen, learn and collaborate to gain a shared understanding. When a decision is made, we commit to moving forward as a united team.

Work responsibly and sustainably

We understand that achieving our audacious mission is a marathon, so we set realistic timelines and we focus on delivery that also links to the bigger picture. As a non-profit, we are supported by the generosity of donors as well as strategic partners, and understand our responsibility to our finite resources. We spend every dollar as though it were our own. We are responsible for the impact we have on the world and to each other. We ensure our team and company stay healthy and financially sustainable.

Bring out the joy

We are committed to making learning a joyful process. This informs what we build for our users and the culture we co-create with our teammates, partners and donors.

Cultivate learning mindset

We believe in the power of growth for learners and for ourselves. We constantly learn and teach to improve our offerings, ourselves, and our organization. We learn from our mistakes and aren’t afraid to fail. We don't let past failures or successes stop us from taking future bold action and achieving our goals.

Deliver wow

We insist on high standards and deliver delightful, effective end-to-end experiences that our users can rely on. We choose to focus on fewer things — each of which aligns to our ambitious vision — so we can deliver high-quality experiences that accelerate positive measurable learning with our strategic partners.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.