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Privacy Corporate Counsel

CITY:  Columbus

Brand: Designer Brands
Req #: 91929 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Legal


Designer Brands Inc. is always growing, and we’re looking for people who want to grow with us. Associates across all functions work together every day to demonstrate passion, accountability, collaboration, and humility — values that make us America’s Favorite Place to Work.  


About Designer Brands: 


Designer Brands is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. Designer Brands operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse®, The Shoe Company®, and Shoe Warehouse® banners and services footwear departments in the U.S. through its Affiliated Business Group ("ABG"). Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. Camuto Group owns licensing rights for the Jessica Simpson® footwear business, and footwear and handbag licenses for Lucky Brand® and Max Studio®. In partnership with a joint venture with Authentic Brands Group, Designer Brands also owns a stake in Vince Camuto®, Louise et Cie®, Sole Society®, CC Corso Como®, Enzo Angiolini® and others. More information can be found at





Privacy Counsel (title depending on experience of the candidate): We are seeking a highly motivated and energetic privacy counsel to join our legal team to focus on privacy and compliance issues, primarily focusing on U.S. and Canadian privacy issues, data protection, security, advertising and consumer protection laws and regulations. This associate will support DBI’s various business segments on a broad range of commercial transactions, with a heavy emphasis on identifying and proactively addressing privacy issues. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge about current and emerging consumer privacy laws and experience negotiating a variety of commercial contracts.   


Experience, Education and Other Qualifications:  


  • Minimum of 6 years’ experience, preferably working with a public company or a mid to large sized law firm. 


  • Licensed to practice law in good standing in at least one state, preferably Ohio or New York. 


  • Completion of a Juris Doctor or equivalent. 

  • IAPP Privacy Certification such as CIPP or CIPM preferred. 

  • Experience with privacy issues facing retailers preferred. 

  • Experience with developing and implementing a general privacy compliance program preferred  


Core Responsibilities: 


  • Culture – living our values by demonstrating Passion, Accountability, Collaboration & Humility. High integrity is essential. 


  • Advise on privacy, regulatory and compliance matters, advertising guidelines, consumer-facing disclaimers, website terms of use, data protection and retention, data security, data breach rules and privacy policies. 


  • Serve as the primary legal partner for supporting the business initiatives of Designer Brands’ Chief Information Officer and Chief Marketing Officer by providing proactive, practical commercial advice. 


  • Draft and negotiate commercial transactions including significant service agreements, master service agreements, software licensing and development agreements, marketing, ecommerce, strategic alliances and/or joint venture agreements, professional and hosted services, market research and technology and marketing contracts. 


  • On a daily basis, provide practical business solutions to business partners; identify opportunities to minimize risks, and improve processes and efficiencies that add value to the business. 


  • Provide strategic support managing litigation related to privacy and data security issues.  


  • Assist in continued development and improvement of all aspects of privacy programs (data handling standards, privacy policies, associate training).  


  • Collaborates with other members of the legal team and other cross functional partners to analyze and assist with pertinent privacy and data security aspects of  DBI’s business initiatives.  


  • Oversees the investigation of potential privacy incidents, complaints or breaches, including notifications and other resolution efforts.  


Required Skills and Competencies:  


  • Demonstrate strong understanding of current and emerging privacy and data security laws, and demonstrate ability to translate knowledge to deliver relevant, proactive and actionable guidance to business partners in areas such as IT and marketing.  


  • Possess strong substantive knowledge of legal and self-regulatory privacy and data requirements globally (primarily North America) such as CCPA, PCI-DSS, Mobile Application Privacy Codes of Conduct, State Breach Notification and Data Protection Laws, FTC Act, TCPA & TSR, CAN-SPAM, COPPA, PIPEDA, FACTA and various state privacy laws and industry regulations.  


  • Demonstrate strategic thinking skills needed to architect any new processes and/or programs to address emerging privacy laws. Also demonstrate leadership skills needed to influence key stakeholders to insure implementation buy-in. 


  • Understand the technologies that create privacy and data security challenges and keep current on legislative, judicial and regulatory privacy and data security developments in order to understand and communicate the effect of such developments on Designer Brands’ business.  


  • Adept at providing practical business solutions and strategic advice. Understand the big picture and be willing to constructively challenge the status quo, generate new ideas, and encourage change. 


  • Ability to efficiently identify, assess and prioritize risk, and manage risk accordingly. 


  • Customer focused, team oriented, dedication to working with and through others to exceed the expectation of the customer (internal and external). 


  • Manages for results.  Able to efficiently manage a variety of projects in a timely, efficient manner with strong follow through skills.  


  • Simplifies and processes complex problems, understands underlying issues and addresses root causes, analyzes quantitative information and presents it in an effective way, seeks input from others and makes timely decisions. 




Why Choose A Career with Designer Brands?

Empowering associates and building strong teams poised to disrupt the retail and footwear landscape through positive change is at the core of who we are at Designer Brands.

  • Invested in helping our associates learn, develop, achieve and grow into strong leaders
  • Shared commitment to creating a culture fueled by engagement, excitement, optimism and fun
  • Dedicated to giving back and community involvement 

About Designer Brands:

Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. 

  • Designer Brands Inc. operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse brands and operates leased locations in the U.S through its Affiliated Business Group. 
  • Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. 








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