Chief Legal Officer at

1043 days ago
✅ 10 applications

About the Job

About Status

Status is building the tools and infrastructure for the advancement of a secure, private, and open web3.
With the high level goals of preserving the right to privacy, mitigating the risk of censorship, and promoting economic trade in a transparent, open manner, Status is building a community where anyone is welcome to join and contribute.

As an organization, Status seeks to push the web3 ecosystem forward through research, creation of developer tools, and support of the open source community.

As a product, Status is an open source, Ethereum-based app that gives users the power to chat, transact, and access a revolutionary world of DApps on the decentralized web. But Status is also building foundational infrastructure for the whole Ethereum ecosystem, including the Nimbus ETH 1.0 and 2.0 clients, the Keycard hardware wallet, and the Waku messaging protocol (a continuation of Whisper).

As a team, Status is completely distributed since inception. Our team is currently 85+ core contributors strong, and welcomes a growing number of community members from all walks of life, scattered all around the globe.

We care deeply about open source, and our organizational structure has minimal hierarchy and no fixed work hours. We believe in working with a high degree of autonomy while supporting the organization's priorities.

Who Are You?

You’re a highly experienced legal professional passionate about the implications of blockchain technologies upon the legal system. You thrive at navigating complex legal challenges, and enjoy providing not only advice, but solutions. You’re prepared to get hands on, but also have experience leading teams and managing associates. You believe the legal function at a startup should remain lean and agile.

You enjoy a remote work environment that is fast-paced, and you help create an amazing, positive workplace. You enjoy working with a diverse group of people and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

What Do We Need?

We’re looking for an experienced Chief Legal Officer to lead Status’ legal department.

You’ll work closely with Status’ Founders, Team Leads and our existing Legal Operations Specialist to provide practical and well-informed advice and solutions - in response to complex and rapidly changing conditions and regulatory landscape.

You’ll help to shape our future legal strategy and help us navigate the diverse global legal challenges faced by our research and development of blockchain and peer-to-peer technologies.


Shape and lead Status’ future legal strategy.

Research and provide legal steering on Status’ worldwide business plans, projects and product launches.

Help to manage the entire legal team, including our excellent Legal Ops specialist, along with any future Associates.

Provide solutions with an emphasis on speed and agility, and aid in developing processes suitable for a software startup.

Take the lead on corporate law matters; and contribute to Status’s corporate legal structuring.

Be responsible for all legal needs and requirements of Status, calling in specialist external law firms as needed, and manage the relationships we already have with a number of outside counsels.

Draft, negotiate and execute commercial agreements with service providers, partners, and contractors.

Analyze and identify legal and regulatory risks and implications and help Status meet its compliance obligations.

Take the lead on contractor/employment compliance across a highly distributed workforce spanning many jurisdictions.

Answer internal as well as external legal and regulatory requests.

Oversee the management and organization of all legal documentation.

Implement and maintain relevant policies and procedures.

You ideally will have:
[Don’t worry if you don’t meet all of these criteria, we’d still love to hear from you anyway if you think you’d be a great fit for this role!]

A strong alignment to our principles:

An advanced legal qualification.

Working experience in an international, dynamic legal environment.

Working experience in a startup environment.

A firm grasp on the blockchain regulatory climate.

The ability to identify and resolve legal issues quickly and pragmatically while maintaining the highest standards of compliance.

Excellent communication, organizational and analytical skills.

Experience of working remotely and asynchronously.

Bonus points if:

You have a passion for blockchain technology.

You’ve worked for an open source organization or tech startup previously.

You are a direct and pragmatic advisor with a knack for avoiding unnecessary legalese.


Advanced Legal degree



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