Commercial Counsel at Civis Analytics

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What we do

Civis Analytics helps leading businesses, nonprofits, and government use data to identify, attract, and engage customers, constituents, and citizens. With a blend of proprietary data, technology and advisory services, and an interdisciplinary team of data scientists, developers, and survey science experts, Civis helps organizations stop guessing and start using statistical proof to guide decisions. Learn more about Civis at

What we are looking for

Civis Analytics is looking for a highly motivated attorney to join our legal team and manage our high volume of wide-ranging and complex agreements. As Commercial Counsel at Civis, you will work on the cutting edge of the information age and tackle complex legal issues at the intersection of technology and data science. This position reports to our General Counsel and is located in our Chicago headquarters.

Civis is growing fast and that means a fire hose of contracts for all the exciting new work we take on. Your primary responsibility will be to take lead on managing this contract pipeline and all contracting issues. This will include contracts involving technology (SaaS/PaaS) and data licensing, consulting, vendors, partnerships, non-disclosures, and a whole lot of stuff in between! You must be able to balance the needs of a fast-growing tech business with the legal and compliance risks presented in these agreements.

You will also assist in tackling a dizzying but exciting array of business and legal issues that come up on a daily basis. The ideal candidate is someone who is resourceful, has strong business judgment and instincts, has been in-house at a fast-paced tech company, and has experience providing nuanced and practical advice to business colleagues and management.

We think Civis will play a significant role not just in advancing data science but also in shaping the developing legal and regulatory landscape that will define this new era of the information age. This is a great opportunity to join a growing legal team and work on novel issues in a fast-paced and exciting environment. If you think this sounds like a cool challenge, we’d love to talk to you!


  • Take lead in structuring, drafting, and negotiating the wide range of complex agreements that underpin the exciting work we do
  • Respond promptly to contracting requests from internal clients
  • Research issues on privacy, cybersecurity, numerous areas of compliance, and various U.S. and international laws and apply that knowledge to our contracting
  • Assist in developing and refining policies, templates, and other materials that will serve as a foundation for a growing legal department
  • Constantly explore opportunities to create efficiencies in our sales and contracting processes and to improve the experience of prospective clients when working with Civis
  • Keep up with the wide range of rapidly-evolving laws that affect Civis’ business
  • You'll be a great fit for this opportunity if you are a self-starter with superb legal and business judgment who produces excellent work with little oversight and who welcomes mentorship and constructive feedback

Minimum Qualifications

  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and member in good standing of at least one state bar
  • 3-6 years of substantive technology contracting experience -- bonus points for in-house experience
  • Strong contract drafting and negotiation skills in PaaS, SaaS, and data licensing (in both product and services contexts)
  • Sound understanding of cloud computing and cloud architecture
  • Familiarity with federal, state, and international privacy and data protection laws
  • Positive, collaborative attitude and an ego that’s always checked at the door
  • Passion - We love what we do and the impact we make, and we want our colleagues to be as excited as we are about Civis’s mission and coming into work each day
  • Demonstrated drive to understand all facets of a company’s technology and business because it makes you so much better at your job
  • Sharp business judgment and instincts, with an ability to advise on and structure business terms in contracts, anticipate short and long-term impacts of deal terms on Civis’s business and operations, and balance risk versus business needs while getting deals done
  • Exceptional writing, communication, and analytical skills with attention to detail
  • Proven ability to multitask, juggle many high-priority tasks, and work well under heavy deadline pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong people skills, a good sense of humor, and someone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously
  • You'll be a great fit if you are a self-starter with superb ethical and business judgment, produce excellent work with little oversight, and welcome mentorship and constructive feedback

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with federal, state, or municipal government contracting
  • Experience with data analytics services and products (think “big data”) and machine learning
  • In-house experience at a fast-growing B2B PaaS, SaaS, or analytics company
  • Understanding of the legal, security, privacy, and operational issues of cloud computing, data, and machine learning

One small (but important) requirement

We want to know more about you than what's on your resume, so please include a cover letter to discuss what interests you about Civis, our work, and the analytics field in general. Please also use the cover letter to explain why you would be a great fit for Civis and this role.

Who we are

At Civis, we have opportunities for applicants who are newcomers, seasoned professionals, and anywhere in between. Our teams are energized by complex challenges and value diversity of thought. Opportunities to stand out and inspire happen daily and we trust and encourage you to act on your ideas – no matter how big they are. We offer you the tools and community you need to do your best work. Each of us is committed to holding ourselves accountable for results, challenging the status quo and finding new ways to grow our company and each other.

Why Civis Analytics?

  • The opportunity to be part of a growing tech startup focused on continued learning, mentorship, and internal promotion
  • Competitive benefits including flexible PTO, 401K match with immediate vesting, as well as health, dental, and vision benefits
  • Downtown open office environment near great restaurants and all public transportation options

Civis embraces the individuality of our employees and we celebrate each other's differences. Our products, services, and culture benefit from and thrive on the unique perspectives brought by each person in our Civis community. We're proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, and we are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, age, sex, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please contact [email protected]

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States.


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Note to external recruiters

Civis does not accept resumes for this position from external recruiters. Please do not forward resumes to any recruiting alias or employee. Civis is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

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As one of the popular hubs for tech startups, Chicago is the perfect backdrop for Civis's growing team.

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One of my favorite parts about Civis is the culture of learning—talking about academic papers is encouraged as well as sharing weird facts about things people are interested in. I also love the people at Civis because they genuinely care about each other and also serving the wider world.


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What are Civis Analytics Perks + Benefits

Civis Analytics Benefits Overview

- The opportunity to be part of a growing tech startup focused on solving interesting and meaningful problems, invested in internal promotion, and committed to fostering a diverse, equal and inclusive workplace. 
- Competitive benefits, including unlimited PTO, 401K match with immediate vesting, health, dental, and vision benefits, paid parental leave, breastfeeding support including breastmilk shipping services for traveling moms, flexible work from home policy, commuter benefits, wellness initiatives including weekly group meditations, monthly on-site massage therapy, and pet insurance.
- Modern office, conveniently located in the Loop. Close to public transportation, great restaurants and beautiful city views.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Civis-for-Good; Reading Groups/Journal Clubs
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 60% of annual salary up to $6000 monthly maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
$50,000 life insurance benefit paid by Civis Analytics.
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Civis believes that if you are sick you should stay home. We have a flexible sick policy with no stated limits.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Happy Hours
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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