Senior Counsel, Payments

We are looking for a Senior Payments Counsel to support Airbnb’s payments activities in North America.  The position, based in San Francisco and reporting to Airbnb’s Deputy General Counsel - Payments, Insurance & Commercial Transactions, is responsible for helping support Airbnb’s payments related commercial, product and regulatory needs in North America.  

The ideal candidate will be able to:  

  • Inform strategic decisions around licensing, registration and consumer protection for financial products and services in the region

  • Provide legal guidance regarding licenses and registrations for payments activities, including financial and administrative reporting (as appropriate).  

  • Partner cross-functionally to educate affected business units regarding payments licensing requirements and positioned to facilitate compliance

  • Partner with payments product team to ideate and support product development; interface with regional legal counsel to incorporate regional requirements to create cohesive and practical guidance.

  • Partner with the business development team to support local partnership opportunities, including acquiring, marketing, and services agreements.

  • Partner with broader legal team outside payments to share information about payments regulatory, product and business development in the region to facilitate efficient legal support across the department.

Job Requirements:

  • Qualification to practice law in the US

  • 12-15 years experience in payments/fintech company

  • Ability to clearly articulate legal requirements to a non-legal audience

  • Ability to manage, motivate and develop a team

  • Ability to operate independently while demonstrating good judgment on escalations and cross-functional collaboration

  • Ability to work closely and build trust with management

  • Exceptional organization and process management ability

  • High level of personal integrity, interest in payments as evidenced by related work experience, proven dedication to excellence, leadership qualities and a flexible, creative, innovative personality

  • Interest and aptitude to understand processes, platforms and products in the e-commerce market

  • Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced environment

  • Strong communication, critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills


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