Employment Counsel (Senior Counsel or Associate General Counsel) at Anthropic

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Employment Counsel (Senior Counsel or Associate General Counsel)
San Francisco


Anthropic’s mission to develop advanced AI for the long-term benefit of humanity has attracted an extraordinary collection of people. Achieving our audacious mission will depend on rapidly scaling our talented team, and performance management systems that enable extraordinary people to do their best work. We are seeking a seasoned Employment Counsel who is excited by this challenge to join Anthropic as our first in-house employment counsel, and be a key strategic partner to our People team. As an early leader in our legal team, you'll help build a world-class function while tackling a wide range of challenges in a rapidly scaling startup.

About Anthropic
Anthropic is an AI safety and research company that’s working to build reliable, interpretable, and steerable AI systems. We want AI to be safe and beneficial for our customers and for society as a whole. Our interdisciplinary team has experience across ML, physics, policy, business and product.


    • Counsel across a broad range of employment laws and workplace issues at a rapidly growing rocket ship expanding internationally.
    • Be a strategic partner to the People team in building and refining systems to attract, retain, and motivate high performers to achieve their best work.
    • Stay up to date on relevant employment laws, regulations, industry trends, and disseminate to key stakeholders these developments and their implications to Anthropic’s mission and business.
    • Develop internal processes, policies, and tools to support employee law matters efficiently and at scale.
    • As a relatively small legal team supporting big things, each attorney practices across multiple areas. We’d love to hear where else you’d be interested to pitch in, whether as a function of your experience or interests.

You may be a good fit if you:

    • Think of your role as a People leader with legal training: your motivation and focus is enabling high performers to do their best work.
    • Pair wisdom born of experience in seeing many employment matters play out in globally-expanding growth-stage companies with creativity and an openness to novel solutions. 
    • Have excellent business judgment and are attuned to what matters most in any situation, and can contextualize and communicate legal risk in relation to business objectives. 
    • Strive to deeply understand the interests and motivations of all parties to a negotiation and craft solutions that get parties to “yes.”
    • Fight chaos with calm, communicating legal issues in a clear and concise manner to technical and business partners.

Strong candidates may also have:

    • JD and active bar membership (California preferred).
    • 8+ years of legal experience, with in-house experience strongly preferred (for appointment at Sr. Counsel level; appointment at the AGC level will be considered for highly experienced candidates).
    • Diverse experience across areas of employment law and modes of practice, such as strategic counseling, policy and systems development, litigation, internal and regulatory investigations, and EOR/PEOs.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication, analytical, collaboration, and interpersonal skills.
    • A self-starter mentality, able to multi-task and juggle multiple priorities in a dynamic environment.
    • Authentic integrity and a deep understanding of the importance of ethics in business.

Annual Salary (USD)

    • The expected salary range for this position is $275k - $375k USD.
Location-based hybrid policy: Currently, we expect all staff to be in one of our offices at least 75% of the time.

Deadline to apply: None. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

US visa sponsorship: We do sponsor visas! However, we aren't able to successfully sponsor visas for every role and every candidate; operations roles are especially difficult to support. But if we make you an offer, we will make every effort to get you into the United States, and we retain an immigration lawyer to help with this.

We encourage you to apply even if you do not believe you meet every single qualification. Not all strong candidates will meet every single qualification as listed.  Research shows that people who identify as being from underrepresented groups are more prone to experiencing imposter syndrome and doubting the strength of their candidacy, so we urge you not to exclude yourself prematurely and to submit an application if you're interested in this work. We think AI systems like the ones we're building have enormous social and ethical implications. We think this makes representation even more important, and we strive to include a range of diverse perspectives on our team.

Compensation and Benefits*
Anthropic’s compensation package consists of three elements: salary, equity, and benefits. We are committed to pay fairness and aim for these three elements collectively to be highly competitive with market rates.

Equity - On top of this position's salary (listed above), equity will be a major component of the total compensation. We aim to offer higher-than-average equity compensation for a company of our size, and communicate equity amounts at the time of offer issuance.

US Benefits -  The following benefits are for our US-based employees:
- Optional equity donation matching at a 3:1 ratio, up to 50% of your equity grant.
- Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance for you and all your dependents.
- 401(k) plan with 4% matching.
- 21 weeks of paid parental leave.
- Unlimited PTO – most staff take between 4-6 weeks each year, sometimes more!
- Stipends for education, home office improvements, commuting, and wellness.
- Fertility benefits via Carrot.
- Daily lunches and snacks in our office.
- Relocation support for those moving to the Bay Area.

UK Benefits -  The following benefits are for our UK-based employees:
- Optional equity donation matching at a 3:1 ratio, up to 50% of your equity grant.
- Private health, dental, and vision insurance for you and your dependents.
- Pension contribution (matching 4% of your salary).
- 21 weeks of paid parental leave.
- Unlimited PTO – most staff take between 4-6 weeks each year, sometimes more!
- Health cash plan.
- Life insurance and income protection.
- Daily lunches and snacks in our office.

* This compensation and benefits information is based on Anthropic’s good faith estimate for this position as of the date of publication and may be modified in the future. Employees based outside of the UK or US will receive a different benefits package. The level of pay within the range will depend on a variety of job-related factors, including where you place on our internal performance ladders, which is based on factors including past work experience, relevant education, and performance on our interviews or in a work trial.

How we're different
We believe that the highest-impact AI research will be big science. At Anthropic we work as a single cohesive team on just a few large-scale research efforts. And we value impact — advancing our long-term goals of steerable, trustworthy AI — rather than work on smaller and more specific puzzles. We view AI research as an empirical science, which has as much in common with physics and biology as with traditional efforts in computer science. We're an extremely collaborative group, and we host frequent research discussions to ensure that we are pursuing the highest-impact work at any given time. As such, we greatly value communication skills. We do not have boundaries between engineering and research, and we expect all of our technical staff to contribute to both as needed.

The easiest way to understand our research directions is to read our recent research. This research continues many of the directions our team worked on prior to Anthropic, including: GPT-3, Circuit-Based Interpretability, Multimodal Neurons, Scaling Laws, AI & Compute, Concrete Problems in AI Safety, and Learning from Human Preferences.

Come work with us!
Anthropic is a public benefit corporation based in San Francisco. We offer competitive compensation and benefits, optional equity donation matching, generous vacation and parental leave, flexible working hours, and a lovely office space in which to collaborate with colleagues.

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