Senior Privacy Officer

California, United States
Tuesday, 11 August 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 11 October 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About Stanford

Stanford is one of the world’s leading universities, supported by diverse staff who share a passion for the University’s teaching, learning, research, and clinical care mission.  At Stanford, you’ll find a pervasive culture of excellence, innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. Explore some of the many perks enjoyed by our employees at

Along with many of the University’s core departments, the Privacy Office is based at Stanford’s new 35 acre Redwood City campus, featuring state-of-the-art buildings, recreation and fitness center, dining pavilion, and central Bay Area location, five miles away from the historical Stanford campus (see

This Opportunity 

Stanford’s Privacy Office is a high-profile team, and is one of the few departments with University-wide purview.  As such, team members gain a broad enterprise perspective, assist in a wide variety of activities, and make meaningful contributions on a daily basis.  Our mission is to help Stanford navigate a dynamic future of privacy by driving the transparent, ethical and innovative use of personal information. 

As a Senior Privacy Officer, you will provide seasoned judgement, leadership, and subject matter expertise across the Office’s many services and programs.  Along the way, you will frequently collaborate with staff, faculty, researchers, and partner departments such as Legal and Information Security.

After a period of three months, this position is eligible for telecommuting up to two days per week.

Core Duties

  • Provide expert privacy guidance on complex matters
  • Lead privacy assessments of projects, systems, and departments
  • Promulgate best practices through awareness and training programs
  • Lead incident response and investigations
  • Maintain the University’s privacy policies
  • Monitor developments and trends in privacy and formulate strategy accordingly

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.

Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned. Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.  

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and four years of privacy experience
  • JD degree and/or substantial legal work experience is preferred
  • Experience in higher education, health care organizations, or research institutions is preferred
  • Background in information technology is a plus
  • Privacy and/or research certification (e.g., CIPP, CHPC or CHRC) is a plus 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated growth mindset
  • Outstanding written and oral communications
  • Broad knowledge of privacy regulations pertinent to Stanford (e.g., FERPA, HIPAA, CMIA, GDPR, state breach notification laws), and subject matter expert on one or more.
  • Experience leading successful risk management programs
  • Proven track record of pragmatism, sound judgement, and balanced risk management
  • Deep understanding of modern information technology systems and cybersecurity
  • Facile with modern collaboration tools such as video conferencing, instant messaging, document management, wikis, calendaring, ticketing, etc.   

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 2373
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: L
  • Requisition ID: 86179