Compliance and Privacy Manager at edX

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The Compliance & Privacy Manager is a new role at edX with responsibility for leading edX’s compliance program and managing cross-functional compliance activities. You will join a small Legal Team that works proactively with all business areas in support of edX’s growth strategy and nonprofit mission. Areas supported by this role will include privacy and security, export restrictions, accessibility, HR and benefits, tax, business continuity, and anti-bribery.

Critical: To succeed in this role, you must be a detail-oriented self-starter with the ability to operate independently, create and maintain new processes, and be effective in a fast-paced, complex, and unstructured environment. The focus of this role is not gatekeeping, but instead, helping teams unlock forward progress and manage appropriate risk via knowledge-sharing in support of organizational transparency and the creation of effective systems. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain compliance program
    • Become knowledgeable about edX’s compliance policies and procedures.
    • Monitor legal and industry developments that may affect compliance strategy.
    • Maintain and update an org-wide compliance framework in partnership with the Legal, Finance, IT, and Data Science Teams.
  • Enable and enhance compliance activities:
    • Review team-level compliance activities for efficacy, common issues, hidden risks, and potential gaps in controls.
    • Partner with business teams to create team-level compliance plans.
    • Carry out export and sanction-check programs to screen courses, products, and partners.
    • Develop and maintain tracking systems for compliance with applicable policies and standards, including PCI. 
    • Perform periodic audits on org procedures, processes, and documentation.
  • Serve as lead POC for compliance questions
    • Receive and respond to internal requests for guidance on compliance requirements.
    • Provide practical advice on processes that will enable systematic compliance and fast, large-scale growth while appropriately managing legal and business risk.
  • Train edX teams and partners:
    • Develop, administer, and maintain training materials, surveys, and resources that educate teams and partners about edX’s compliance program.


  • Strong privacy compliance and regulatory experience, including GDPR.
  • Strong analytical and technical skills necessary to design and enhance org-wide systems for enabling and tracking compliance activities across departmental lines.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills to collaborate with colleagues on compliance matters. Strong ability to maintain positive working relationships.
  • Excellent business acumen and judgment, including ability to place compliance risk in proper business context.
  • Strong ability to deal effectively with ambiguous situations and evolving business goals, balancing strategic outcomes with practical next steps.
  • Strong sense of accountability and ownership; must be a team player.
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or equivalent professional experience.
  • 5-7 years of professional experience in general compliance and governance with proficiency in the areas described above, preferably in a global technology company.


  • Experience with ISO/IEC 27000 or similar security standard.
  • Experience with PCI DSS.
  • Experience with tax-exempt organizations.
  • CIPP certification.
  • Master’s, JD, or other relevant advanced degree from an accredited school.

Due to Covid-19, all edX employees will work remotely until September 8, 2020 (at a minimum). We continue to revisit the return-to-office date on a regular basis. Once the office re-opens, applicants must be able to work out of our Cambridge, MA HQ. Sorry, Visa sponsorship is not available.

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edX is right near the MIT campus in the Kendall Square neighborhood of Cambridge, MA. There are cafes, bars, restaurants, gyms, and a T stop nearby!

An Insider's view of edX

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Always fun and collaborative. I've never worked at a place where so many co-workers greeted me by name after just my first day.


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What projects are you most excited about?

My work focuses on enabling course teams at partner institutions to create high-quality learning experiences on Right now couldn't be a more critical time for this work as we ramp up the amount of Master's degrees we are offering this Fall. I work with faculty, instructional designers, media producers, and project managers.

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Learning Designer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Working at edX has given me invaluable experience that has allowed me to explore and develop my career. I’ve been able to take on challenges and learning opportunities that have helped me discover the work I’m most passionate about. In my time at edX I’ve grown into a new role and continue to learn more about my work and myself.

Mary Mooshian

Associate Product Marketing Manager

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

At edX, getting your work done is very important, but the company also understands that your life and well being outside of work is directly correlated to productivity during work hours. This is clearly communicated across all levels and departments. There is also lots of company wide fun activities that help us get to know our coworkers outside.


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What are edX Perks + Benefits

edX Benefits Overview

Our benefits are competitive, with comprehensive health insurance, generous PTO, and various ways to build your skills while on the job.

Volunteer in local community
edX volunteers for the Charles River Conservancy for a Cleanup day and is deeply embedded in the local edtech community.
Partners with Nonprofits
edX partners with Year Up and She Geeks Out.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
edX has a Sustainability committee, various employee resource groups, and an edX Cares committe involved in giving back to the community.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
We have four ERGs: LGBTQIA+, Black/African-American, LatinX, and Women at edX.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
- Internships on our Engineering team for Non-traditional backgrounds (no CS degree). - Inclusive job descriptions - Competency-based/behavioral interviews - Interviewers trained on unconscious b
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
We have access to therapy and coaching sessions.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
We have a pension plan too!
401(K) Matching
5% match
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
edX's summer party is for the whole family!
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive _40__ hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
edX hosts two company outings per year - in the summer and in the winter. There are department-specific outings throughout the year!
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
edX has a running group and a pickup basketball team.
Fitness Subsidies
edX has access to the MIT gym at a great rate!
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Employees are granted money to set up their office, as well as being able to reimburse monthly expenses like internet and phone.
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We have a $5,000 tuition reimbursement (per calendar year) through MIT's benefits. Additionally, we have a $200 stipend (per calendar year) for edX courses.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
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