Compliance Legal
86179 Requisition #

Business Title:  Senior Privacy Officer

Job Title: Compliance / Privacy Professional 3

Job Code: 2373

Grade: L

Exemption Classification: Exempt


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 https://sweeteners.stanford.edu.

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 https://redwoodcity.stanford.edu).

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.

This position is eligible for full-time remote work from any location in the U.S., with periodic visits to campus once travel restrictions are lifted. 

Core Duties

  • Provide expert privacy guidance on scientific research processes and other 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


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and seven years of privacy experience
  • Experience in higher education, health care organizations, or research institutions is strongly preferred
  • JD degree and/or substantial legal work experience 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

  • Deep knowledge of privacy regulations pertinent to Stanford (e.g., FERPA, HIPAA, CMIA, GDPR, state breach notification laws)
  • Clear understanding of scientific research processes
  • Proven track record of pragmatism, sound judgement, and balanced risk management
  • Broad knowledge of modern information technology systems and cybersecurity
  • Facile with modern collaboration tools such as video conferencing, instant messaging, document management, wikis, calendaring, etc.
  • Demonstrated growth mindset
  • Outstanding written and oral communications


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.



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