Senior Counsel, Employment

  • Cruise
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Apr 22, 2021

Job Description

We're Cruise, a self-driving service designed for the cities we love.

We’re building the world’s most advanced, self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving vehicles will help save lives, reshape cities, give back time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

Cruisers have the opportunity to grow and develop while learning from leaders at the forefront of their fields. With a culture of internal mobility, there's an opportunity to thrive in a variety of disciplines. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed.

If you are looking to play a part in making a positive impact in the world by advancing the revolutionary work of self-driving cars, join us.

About the Cruise Legal Organization:

Cruise is creating a new-to-the-world service and a world-changing category of autonomous vehicle mobility. On the legal side, the rules are being written now, and we’re the team charged with helping guide the company on legal and risk considerations as we unlock the future. We’re a collegial group in which every role matters, and you will have an impact on high stakes decisions, working with technical and development teams solving some of the hardest engineering challenges of our generation. This position will report to our Senior Managing Counsel, Employment.

About the role:

Cruise is seeking a hardworking and self-motivated Senior Counsel to join the Litigation, Employment, Privacy & Information Governance team in its San Francisco office. In this role, you will provide pragmatic and business-focused legal advice on a wide variety of employment issues. You will be a key collaborator, problem solver, and thought partner for our People Team (including Human Resources, People Operations, Total Rewards, Learning and Development, Contingent Workforce, and Recruiting teams). If you are a strategic, forward-looking, employment law pro, we look forward to hearing from you.

Day-to-day responsibilities Include:

  • Partner with and advise the People Team on the entire employee lifecycle (recruiting and interviewing, onboarding, performance management, compensation and benefits, and offboarding), and collaborate on the development of related practices and procedures.
  • Advise on contingent workforce, co-employment, and independent contractor issues.
  • Successfully resolve demand letters and pre-litigation disputes. Successfully and independently manage employment litigation matters including assessing exposure, supervising discovery, and managing both outside counsel and internal resources.
  • Partner with the Employee Relations team on workplace investigations and employee relations concerns, as well as development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Promote compliance with legal requirements relating to people, including leaves of absence, ADA, wage & hour, exempt classification, and workplace safety.
  • Support Cruise’s commitment to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace, free of discrimination and harassment.
  • Partner with HR in developing training for employees, and conduct ongoing training of the HR team on developments in employment law, employee relations best practices, and investigation techniques.
  • Manage outside immigration counsel and act as in-house liaison for the International Mobility team.
  • Troubleshoot business practices that create unnecessary legal exposure, proactively review existing procedures, and recommend improvements.

You should apply for this role if you have the following qualifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited law school with at least 6 years of relevant experience.
  • Active member of a state bar and in good standing.
  • Extensive knowledge of employment and labor laws, ordinances, and regulations applicable to employers like Cruise.
  • Extensive knowledge of best practices for HR/People organizations.
  • Recent and substantial hands-on experience managing matters in employment litigation, federal and state administrative agency proceedings, and arbitrations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, impeccable integrity, good judgment, strong analytical skills, and a keen sense of humor.
  • Collaborative by nature and able to build strong partnerships.
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment and comfortable managing a diverse and complex workload.
  • Flexibility for occasional travel.
  • Strategic problem solver with verifiable history of providing sound and practical advice.
  • Ability to work autonomously, get results, and set priorities.

Bonus points!

  • In-house experience
  • Tech experience
  • International experience

Why Cruise?

  • Our benefits are here to support the whole you:
    • Competitive salary and benefits 
    • 401(k) Cruise matching program 
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life
    • One Medical membership
    • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
    • Healthy meals and snacks provided for non-remote employees
    • Paid parental leave
    • Fertility Benefits 
    • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Cruise
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan for non-remote employees
  • We’re Remote Friendly
    • We believe that your value to the team can be provided at a Cruise office or from the comfort of your home. Depending on your function, enjoy the flexibility of remote work and join our growing community of remote employees in the continental United States.
  • We’re Integrated
    • Through our partnerships with General Motors and Honda, we are the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale.
  • We’re Funded
    • GM, Honda, Microsoft, SoftBank, & T. Rowe Price, have invested billions in Cruise. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicle organizations in the industry. Our deep resources greatly accelerate our operating speed.
  • We’re Independent
    • We have our own governance, board of directors, equity, and investors. Our independence allows us to not just work on the edge of technology, but also define it.
  • We’re Vested
    • You won’t just own your work here, you’ll have the potential to own equity in Cruise, too. We are competing in a market that is projected to grow exponentially, which gives our company valuation room to grow.

Cruise LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives. 

We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Cruise will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with applicable laws.

Cruise is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please let our recruiting team know or email

We proactively work to design hiring processes that promote equity and inclusion while mitigating bias. To help us track the effectiveness and inclusivity of our recruiting efforts, please consider answering the following demographic questions. Answering these questions is entirely voluntary. Your answers to these questions will not be shared with the hiring decision makers and will not impact the hiring decision in any way. Instead, Cruise will use this information not only to comply with any government reporting obligations but also to track our progress toward meeting our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging objectives.

Note to Recruitment Agencies: Cruise does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Furthermore, Cruise does not pay placement fees for candidates submitted by any agency other than its approved partners.

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