Legal Counsel, Commercial, Privacy and Data Protection

  • MasterCard
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 26, 2022
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

About Mastercard Foundation

Mastercard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. Through its Young Africa Works strategy and Canadian EleV program, the Foundation works with partners to ensure that millions of young people, especially young women, access quality education, financial services, and dignified work. Mastercard Foundation was established in 2006 through the generosity of Mastercard when it became a public company. The Foundation is independent with its own Board of Directors and CEO.


The Foundation has begun working within Canada in partnership with Indigenous communities and post-secondary institutions to listen, learn, and best understand how we can act in meaningful ways. The EleV strategy was co-created with Indigenous communities, young people, and partners to enable 30,000 Indigenous youth to complete their education and transition to dignified work aligned with their values and aspirations.

As reflected in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, education is a key driver of improved socio-economic well-being. Through building partnerships with Indigenous communities, we look to expand our initiative ultimately helping to support a generation of transformative Indigenous young leaders who will be change agents within their communities. We believe that by setting a bold target, we will encourage engagement across sectors and create momentum that will elevate the strengths and opportunities of Indigenous youth. In keeping with our approach, Indigenous communities and young people will be the drivers of this transformation. The program will promote innovations to address longer-term systemic change to achieve economic prosperity and social well-being within Indigenous communities.

The EleV team oversees current and emerging partnerships related to Indigenous education. Consistent with our overall vision and Youth Africa Works strategy, we will share learnings and opportunities to connect across the work of the Foundation. While operating in distinct contexts, the centrality of youth voice and vision, affirmation of culture and identity, and priority to enhance community capacity for self-determination are common threads upon which our work is strengthened and reinforced.


We have entered a very exciting time at the Foundation as we scale up our operations across Africa to realize our Young Africa Works strategy. Our role at the Mastercard Foundation is to be a catalyst. Our Young Africa Works strategy focuses on working with others to spur systemic change so young people have the opportunity to find work that is dignified and fulfilling.

The Foundation has opened offices in Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Uganda, building a broader leadership presence in Africa to develop specific strategies that support youth employment. Within a country, we work with governments, the private sector, educators, young people, and other funders to improve the quality of education and vocational training, prepare young people for the work force, expand access to financial services for entrepreneurs and small businesses, and connect job seekers to dignified and fulfilling work.

We are ambitious and driven. Our values transcend and rise above everything else as our guide. We encourage you to bring your bold ideas, curiosity, and expertise to your work. We laugh at ourselves and with each other. We are a team. Our journey together makes our impact even more meaningful.

If you are an experienced Legal Counsel, Commercial, Privacy and Data Protection looking to increase your impact, read on!


Reporting to the Senior Legal Counsel, Privacy and Data Protection Officer, the Legal Counsel, Commercial, Privacy and Data Protection will be responsible for supporting the Foundation’s commercial, transactional, and privacy and data protection matters across the enterprise. This role will work closely with Foundation staff and at times, external legal counsel.

  • Provide legal advice and support on a wide range of day-to-day commercial and privacy and data protection law matters, including technology initiatives, cybersecurity, cloud computing, data sharing/transfer, privacy and data protection notices and consents, data protection impact assessments, data breach response, data subject rights, information governance, e-commerce, website content, general intellectual property, confidential information, representations and warranties, indemnification and liability disclaimers, corporate policies and procedures, contract interpretation, commercial dispute resolution and litigation management.
  • Draft, review and negotiate a broad range of contracts on behalf of various internal departments
  • Work closely with the procurement team on all types of vendor/supplier contracts, including technology licensing, software-as-a-service (SaaS), software development, outsourcing, data processing, professional and support services, and service levels, consulting services, purchasing, and other commercial agreements.
  • Ensure commercial contracts are in line with the Foundation policies, procedures, and business objectives.
  • Support Senior Legal Counsel, Privacy & Data Protection Officer with all aspects of privacy and data protection compliance and incident management, including establishing and implementing privacy and data protection policies, procedures, and protocols, overseeing and monitoring compliance with applicable privacy and data protection laws and the same, and managing the ongoing assessment and revision of the same.
  • Proactively identify, analyze, and respond to legal developments and activities regarding commercial and privacy and data protection law that affect the Foundation globally.
  • Support Senior Legal Counsel, Privacy & Data Protection Officer with breach response (e.g., legal requirements, notifications for regulators and impacted individuals, documentation).
  • Build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Who You Are
  • Canadian university degree in law (LLB or JD).
  • Member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario.
  • 2 years of experience working in a reputable firm or in-house position with a demonstrated record of success.
  • Experience drafting and negotiating complex transactions; cross-border experience is preferred.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication, negotiation and drafting skills; demonstrated consistent and prompt use of sound legal and business judgment.
  • Pragmatic approach, including the ability to simplify legal constructs and concepts for business colleagues and non-legal audiences.
  • Strong leadership, organizational and analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and listening skills and is open and receptive to feedback.
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.
  • Ability to challenge appropriately and voice alternative perspectives and viewpoints.
  • Ability to exercise appropriate and sound judgement and discretion in dealing with legal matters.
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.
  • Results driven; Motivated by a high sense of performance excellence and a sense of urgency.
  • Flexible, intellectually curious and open. Must be comfortable with ambiguity, be receptive to new ideas, and is also willing to change when presented with best options
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial; can formulate and develop new or creative approaches to problems and inspires others on the team to do so as well.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (PowerPoint, Word, and Excel).
  • May require international travel up to 10% of the time
  • Good overall understanding of privacy and data protection law (domestic and international) and other technology-related legal principles, and corporate and commercial law
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.
  • Possess excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.
  • Possess professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundation’s values.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to Mastercard Foundation’s values and vision.
Deadline for Applications is July 21, 2022.

Mastercard Foundation (the “Foundation”) values and respects your privacy. By submitting an application for this opportunity, you hereby agree to the Foundation’s collection, use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with its Privacy Policy (available at Please note that the Foundation may share your personal information with third-party agencies that support the Foundation’s recruitment activities, and such third-party agencies may contact you directly regarding this opportunity. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Foundation’s Privacy Officer at the address indicated in its Privacy Policy.

The Mastercard Foundation values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organization and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.

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