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Policy and Legal Manager

San Francisco, CA | Operations

Job Description

Automattic (www.automattic.com) is strongly committed to protecting its users and promoting freedom of expression around the globe. You’ll help serve as the first line of defense for our users and help work every day to make WordPress.com a better and safer community of publishers. You’ll collaborate closely with our legal department and Happiness Engineers to review and address incoming legal issues and abuse reports. You’ll also work proactively to ensure that our terms of use, policies, and procedures are best serving our users and advancing our mission of protecting free speech and democratizing publishing. You will deal directly (and often) with WordPress.com publishers, law enforcement agencies, attorneys, and foreign government officials on issues such as defamation, copyright protection, DMCA, trademark infringement and legal discovery requests. In a nutshell - you’re like us:  passionate about our core principles and not afraid to mix things up a little bit in defense of them.

Automattic has a location in San Francisco, but this position could be located anywhere (the majority of Automatticians work from home).


  • Excellent judgment and analytical skills
  • Superior written communication
  • Courage under fire
  • Experience with and passion for legal and policy issues relating to freedom of expression and user generated content.  If you’ve memorized the DMCA notice/counter-notice procedures and not ashamed to admit it – this is the job for you.
  • Understanding of relevant legal documents/processes (formal legal training not required – but may be helpful)
  • Very strong project and people management skills.  You’re a juggler.
  • Superlative attention to detail

If you feel you might be the best person in the world for this job, apply below. In your cover letter, let us know why you're excited about working with us, and why you would be an awesome Automattician. See http://automattic.com/work-with-us/ for more info.

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