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Senior Employment and Executive Compensation and Benefits Counsel



Accounting & Finance, Legal
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, July 1, 2024

Company Description

Join the team redefining how the world experiences design.

Hello, g'day, mabuhay, kia ora, 你好, hallo, vítejte!

Thanks for stopping by. We know job hunting can be a little time consuming and you're probably keen to find out what's on offer, so we'll get straight to the point.

Where and how you can work

Our flagship office is in Sydney, Australia, but we've made our way from down under, to hubs in Austin and San Francisco, which are now home to our US operations. So whether you're in Texas or California, you have choice in where and how you work in each of those states. That means if you want to do your thing in the office (if you're near one), at home or a bit of both, it's up to you.

What you’d be doing in this role

As Canva scales change continues to be part of our DNA. But we like to think that's all part of the fun. So this will give you the flavour of the type of things you'll be working on when you start, but this will likely evolve.

Canva is looking for a senior lawyer with experience across employment law and executive compensation and benefits to join our dynamic team. Reporting to the Global Head of Employment Legal (based in Australia) and partnering closely with the Global Head of Corporate Legal (based in the US), this role offers the opportunity to work in a highly motivated, closely-knit, and collaborative team. The position will be located in either San Francisco or Austin, with the possibility of relocation for suitable candidates.

If you are an employment lawyer with a background in executive compensation and benefits who thrives in a fast-paced and unstructured environment, this is the perfect opportunity for you!

At the moment, this role is focused on:

  • Collaborating closely with the Employment and Corporate Legal teams to ensure a unified and consistent approach in the employment, compensation and benefits framework for the region
  • Providing advice on a broad spectrum of employment law issues, including performance management, disciplinary outcomes, grievances, employee equity, executive compensation, benefits, contingent workers and global mobility
  • Partnering with cross-functional teams, including People, Total Rewards, Finance, and Tax, to advise on securities law and equity plan issues related to employee mobility and global expansion
  • Preparing and negotiate various employment-related agreements, including severance agreements
  • Supporting and manage employee disputes and litigation
  • Conducting employment classification reviews, and support other compliance efforts
  • Leading complex and time sensitive projects and coordinate internal stakeholders and external advisors
  • Contributing to the development, implementation and review of workplace policies, processes, guidance and templates in alignment with local laws and practices
  • Liaising with external counsel in the US and other jurisdictions as required
  • Supporting Canva-wide learning initiatives including to deliver training on employment-related topics and equity compensation and equity plans taking account of changes to the law, best practice and Canva’s values and culture

You're probably a match if

  • You have 8+ years of relevant experience gained within a respected law firm or in-house, representing or working at rapidly growing international technology companies
  • You are a ,ember of a US state bar in good standing
  • You have understanding of employment law across various states in the US and have an an ability to apply that knowledge pragmatically in a commercial environment
  • You have good judgment and a collaborative, flexible approach to problem-solving
  • You have the ability to communicate complex matters effectively and provide pragmatic advice that is risk aware, not risk averse
  • You have a sense of ownership and ‘can do’ attitude and have the ability to navigate stakeholders and drive projects forward

About the team

You will join a dynamic, global legal team working on a variety of innovative technologies with interesting legal considerations. You will be required to leverage your expertise, good judgment and strong business sense to make complex laws simple and assist swift decision-making in our fast paced environment.

You will be challenged to look at the big picture to find innovative ways and product solutions to drive product compliance in a fast-paced, growth focussed environment. You’ll help Canva see around corners to prepare for upcoming regulatory changes and influence how the business responds to those changes. You’ll work to ensure Canva’s products continue to delight our community and meet our goals, whilst also keeping users safe and meeting community and regulator expectations.

What's in it for you?

Achieving our crazy big goals motivates us to work hard - and we do - but you'll experience lots of moments of magic, connectivity and fun woven throughout life at Canva, too. We also offer a stack of benefits to set you up for every success in and outside of work.

Here's a taste of what's on offer:

  • Equity packages - we want our success to be yours too
  • Health benefits plans to support you and your wellbeing
  • 401(k) retirement plan with company contribution
  • Inclusive parental leave policy that supports all parents & carers
  • An annual Vibe & Thrive allowance to support your wellbeing, social connection, office setup & more
  • Flexible leave options that empower you to be a force for good, take time to recharge and supports you personally

Check out for more info.

At Canva we value fairness, and we strive to provide competitive, market-informed compensation whilst ensuring internal equity within the team in each region. We make hiring decisions based on your skills, experience and our overall assessment of what we observed and learnt in the hiring process. The target salary range for this position is $218,000 to $334,000. When calculating offers, we make salary decisions based on market data and candidates' skills and experience.

Other stuff to know

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion, as well as how you can enhance Canva and our culture. When you apply, please tell us the pronouns you use and any reasonable adjustments you may need during the interview process.

Please note that interviews are conducted virtually.

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