Sr. Director, Legal - Merchant Lending at PayPal (Washington DC)

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Job Description
At PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), we believe that every person has the right to participate fully in the global economy. Our mission is to democratize financial services to ensure that everyone, regardless of background or economic standing, has access to affordable, convenient, and secure products and services to take control of their financial lives.

Sr. Director, Associate General Counsel

PayPal is seeking a talented and highly motivated attorney to join its Legal Department, leading a team of attorneys supporting PayPal's U.S. small business and merchant lending.

PayPal's innovative technology and approaches to payments, coupled with an increasingly complex and demanding legal and regulatory environment, provide robust career opportunities for attorneys motivated and driven by creative clients and a fast paced, cutting edge culture.

This role will be leading a team of attorneys supporting all PayPal's U.S. small business and merchant lending offerings. Responsibilities include providing strategic and regulatory guidance on new product initiatives and existing product enhancements, partnering with leaders across the organization to respond to proposed and enacted legislation, as well as managing and developing the team.

The successful candidate will have the following specific qualifications and experience:
  • Focused and significant experience with small business credit/financing products, preferably in a bank or fintech environment. Experience with on-line lending a definite plus.
  • Experience with legal issues, laws and regulations within the small business credit/ lending space: including product regulatory issues, loan underwriting, credit modeling, marketing, and loan servicing.
  • Experience successfully managing and developing a team.
  • Practical, business minded, approach to counseling clients on legal risk and issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively provide timely, business-focused, sound legal advice and exercise good judgment.
  • Ability to proactively identify associated risks and recommend mitigation strategies.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively explain/summarize complex concepts to varying audiences.
  • Ability to focus both on attention to detail and the broader picture.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and to tolerate change and ambiguity.
  • Ability and drive to take ownership of projects and tasks and bring them to prompt and effective completion. Ability to work both in teams and independently.
  • Strong proficiency in working with a team-based approach to subject matter management and knowledge sharing, and comfort with a flexible, agile environment that emphasizes collaboration and team performance over management hierarchy. The successful candidate will enthusiastically collaborate with PayPal legal colleagues across our global organization and be able to hit the ground running.
  • Creative thinker with strong problem-solving skills and the ability to stay calm under challenging circumstances.
  • 12 or more years of substantive and focused experience practicing in the subject matter areas specified above either in-house, preferably in a bank or fintech environment, or at a law firm.
  • Juris Doctorate or equivalent degree.
  • Admitted to a state bar.

This role is full time remote.

Our Benefits:

At PayPal, we're committed to building an equitable and inclusive global economy. And we can't do this without our most important asset-you. That's why we offer benefits to help you thrive in every stage of life. We champion your financial, physical, and mental health by offering valuable benefits and resources to help you care for the whole you.

We have great benefits including a flexible work environment, employee shares options, health and life insurance and more. To learn more about our benefits please visit

Who We Are:

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PayPal has remained at the forefront of the digital payment revolution for more than 20 years. By leveraging technology to make financial services and commerce more convenient, affordable, and secure, the PayPal platform is empowering more than 400 million consumers and merchants in more than 200 markets to join and thrive in the global economy. For more information, visit

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at [email protected]

As part of PayPal's commitment to employees' health and safety, we have established in-office Covid-19 protocols and requirements, based on expert guidance. Depending on location, this might include a Covid-19 vaccination requirement for any employee whose role requires them to work onsite. Employees may request reasonable accommodation based on a medical condition or religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated.

More Information on PayPal
PayPal operates in the Payments industry. The company is located in San Jose, CA. PayPal was founded in 1998. It has 34450 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 95 open jobs at PayPal, click here.
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