Legal Counsel: Compliance

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Reference: 10546-11/13/2019

Summary of Job:

The focus of this position is to support the Privacy & Compliance Function of the Legal team at 2U Cape Town, and to provide legal counsel on and address a wide range of compliance matters internally and work closely with stakeholders in different business divisions. The Compliance Associate will further be expected to assist the broader Legal team, and play a facilitating role in implementing controls and safeguards that may be necessary to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory obligations (focussing on Sales, Marketing and Communications divisions).

Key Role and Responsibilities: 

Providing the business with legal counsel on compliance and regulatory matters

This includes research and interpretation of international legislation and regulatory frameworks, industry guidance, and best practices (with a focus on marketing, media & communications, privacy & data protection, consumer protection, and public policy) to offer guiding opinions and propose suitable courses of action.

Facilitating the implementation of required best practices, policies and procedures to achieve business goals in alignment with regulatory requirements 

This includes ensuring internal policies align with applicable legal / regulatory standards; liaising with a wide range of business stakeholders to ensure implementation of policies and guidelines across the wider organisation; and identifying potential compliance breaches.

Driving compliance culture across the organisation

This includes the training of staff on compliance matters and the facilitation thereof; and supporting the resolution of internal and external stakeholder queries.

Reviewing contracts or other documentation to ensure that vendors / partners comply with company policies and requirements

Education and Experience:

  • LLB;
  • Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa;
  • 2+ years post-qualification experience (at least 4 years total work experience);
  • Experience in international commercial and corporate work – advantageous; 
  • Knowledge in and experience with privacy and data protection laws, including the EU GDPR – advantageous;
  • Experience in tech / innovation / marketing industries – advantageous;
  • Excellent professional language & writing skills;
  • Ability to handle difficult or unexpected issues and business challenges, and to effectively solve problems; 
  • Ability to implement and drive effective processes. 

Working Conditions 

2U is a fast-paced, high-pressured environment and you will be expected to keep up with minimal support. Teamwork is critical to achieving success in this role. You will need to establish strong relationships with leaders across the team and within your own division. We don’t micromanage, so you have to diagnose problems and brainstorm solutions without any prompts. People issues are time consuming, however, they need ample attention so that the correct processes are followed to avoid legal action. Things change all the time and you will find yourself being pulled in many directions and it is up to you to either sink or swim.

About 2U Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU)

Eliminating the back row in higher education is not just a metaphor–it’s our mission. For more than a decade, 2U, Inc., a global leader in education technology, has been a trusted partner and brand steward of great universities. We build, deliver, and support more than 250 digital and in-person educational offerings, including graduate degrees, professional certificates, Trilogy-powered boot camps, and GetSmarter short courses. Together with our partners, 2U has positively transformed the lives of more than 150,000 students and lifelong learners. To learn more, visit #NoBackRow

2U Diversity and Inclusion Statement

At 2U, we are committed to creating and sustaining a culture that embodies diverse walks of life, ideas, genders, ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, abilities and other unique qualities of our employees. We strive to offer a workplace where every employee feels empowered by the ways in which we are different, as well as the ways in which we are the same. 

Why It’s Great to Work at 2U

2U Cape Town offers a high-energy work environment that’s both challenging and fun. We work hard, but our offices are casual and social places. We wear jeans to work and fuel brainstorming sessions with coffee from our in-house barista. We have other in-house perks like subsidised healthy meals, a gym with free yoga sessions and social events all year round. We celebrate special milestones like birthdays and workaversaries, truly showing that #RelationshipsMatter.


2U Cape Town offers a comprehensive benefits package:

  • 2 complimentary Getsmarter short courses per year
  • Subsidised medical aid with Discovery
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Generous leave policy including time off to volunteer for non-profit organizations

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position, and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

2U is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against applicants or employees and ensures equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship, military or veterans’ status, or any other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. 2U’s equal opportunity policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, job benefits and pay.