Employment Counsel

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What Openai is looking for in applicants

About the Team

OpenAI’s Legal team plays an indispensable role in achieving OpenAI's mission by navigating cutting edge legal issues in the field of AI. If you care deeply about doing meaningful and novel work in the legal field, this is the place for you.

About the Role

OpenAI is building some of the most innovative AI technologies of our time. Some of our recent products include  GPT-3 (named one of the 10 Breakthrough Technologies in 2021 by MIT Technology Review) and Codex (code generation model praised as “the single most mind-blowing application of machine learning I’ve ever seen”).

Talented people are the lifeblood of these advances, and OpenAI is looking for an Employment Counsel to own an array of responsibilities with high impact potential. 

In this role, you will:

  • Lead all employment law related matters for OpenAI, from day to day counseling to strategic advice on longer term initiatives 
  • Build our employment approach to international expansion
  • Build our worker practices for data labeling operations 
  • Partner with our People team in devising strategies to attract, retain and develop talent, including complicated or high value hires
  • Partner with our People and Finance teams to help with employee equity matters
  • Partner with our People and Security team to develop and maintain standards to ensure the integrity and security of our staff
  • Monitor regulatory, legislative and governmental developments related to your areas 

You might thrive in this role if you have: 

  • At least 6 years of combined legal experience at a recognized law firm, investment management firm and technology company
  • Significant and diverse experience in employment counseling, including policy development, internal investigations, workforce risk management, employee privacy and litigation
  • Experience with international workforces and expansion, including advising on PEO/EOR structures and employment support of local subsidiaries
  • Exposure to on-demand or labor marketplace businesses 
  • A love of technology and software
  • A desire to build and a strong sense of ownership
  • An interest in broadening your legal expertise and learning more about AI research

About OpenAI

OpenAI is an AI research and deployment company dedicated to ensuring that general-purpose artificial intelligence benefits all of humanity. We push the boundaries of the capabilities of AI systems and seek to safely deploy them to the world through our products. AI is an extremely powerful tool that must be created with safety and human needs at its core, and to achieve our mission, we must encompass and value the many different perspectives, voices, and experiences that form the full spectrum of humanity. 

At OpenAI, we believe artificial intelligence has the potential to help people solve immense global challenges, and we want the upside of AI to be widely shared. Join us in shaping the future of technology.

Benefits and Perks
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance for you and your family
  • Mental health and wellness support
  • 401(k) plan with 4% matching 
  • Unlimited time off and 18+ company holidays per year 
  • Paid parental leave (20 weeks) and family-planning support
  • Annual learning & development stipend ($1,500 per year)
We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability or other legally protected statuses. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, and requests can be made via

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