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About Us

At Saildrone, we sustainably explore, map and monitor the oceans to understand, preserve, and protect our world. Saildrone designs and manufactures wind and solar powered autonomous surface vehicles called Saildrones, which make cost-effective ocean data collection possible at scale. We work with governments, civic agencies, foundations, universities, and private companies around the globe to drive better information about our oceans and seas - be it in sailing drones into the eye of a Category 4 hurricane to obtain new scientific storm data, mapping out the ocean floor, collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, counting biomass to establish fishing quotas, or detecting and stopping illegal fishing and drug trafficking. As a result of our work, we have been selected as one of the "Forbes Top 10 Wonders of 2021", as well as the Smithsonian Institute's "Top 10 Ocean Stories of 2021", New York Times' "Top 21 Things that happened (for the first time) in 2021", and Popular Science's "100 Greatest Innovations of 2021". We are based in Alameda, CA, with offices in Washington DC and St. Petersburg, FL and operate our missions worldwide. We are backed by top-tier investors in the frontier-tech and sustainability sectors, including Social Capital, Capricorn, Lux Capital, BOND Capital, and Emerson Collective.

This is an exciting opportunity with a fast-growing team at the cutting-edge intersection of big data services and autonomous hardware. You will be an integral part of a high-performing multi-disciplinary delivering high impact for humanity and future generations.

The Role

Reporting to the Chief Legal Officer, you will be responsible for facilitating and supporting the operations of the Legal department, as follows:

  • Develop, analyze and execute department processes and procedures and develop strategies for continuous improvement
  • Collect, examine, and organize legal documents for attorney review and document preparation
  • Draft and/or proofread correspondence and legal documents for accuracy and consistency, such as agreements, contracts, grants, and subawards
  • Research regulations, laws, policies, and legal articles to assist with the preparation of reports, case files, and legal opinions
  • Manage, organize, and maintain legal documentation in paper or electronic filing systems
  • Provide general legal administrative assistance such as the preparation of rudimentary agreements or slide briefing decks
  • Maintain and organize our compliance training matrix and ensure that compliance training is current, accurate and meets the legal requirements of our contracts
  • Support the creation of contractual deliverables
  • Track monthly expenditures against current-year budgets and prepare monthly reports or other analyses of the Legal department’s spending
Required skills and experience
  • Associate's degree in paralegal studies, a paralegal certificate, or a Bachelor's degree
  • 7-10 years of experience as a paralegal or legal assistant, preferably in a corporate legal department
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and professional demeanor
  • Professional judgment, unquestioned integrity, ethics and absolute discretion in executing tasks
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple projects and priorities simultaneously
  • Facility with contract lifecycle management software
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, as well as Keynote
  • Ability to manage large workloads and to meet deadlines
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively with people at all levels
  • Highly detail-oriented and organized
  • Ability to be self-directed and operate effectively intra and inter-team structures
  • High comfort and dexterity with technology and emerging technology workforce tools, including cloud-based software systems and service
Desired skills and experience
  • 1-3 years in management consulting, business operations, or other roles requiring a blend of analytical, strategic, and cross-functional work
  • 5+ years of previous experience supporting government contracting, intellectual property and/or export controls
  • Strong familiarity with SaaS and subscription-based contracts
Location: This position is in Washington, DC. Some remote work may be authorized by the Chief Legal Officer. Only candidates with proper permits to work in the United States can be considered.


Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents.

Enhanced paternity / maternity programs

Competitive benefits including excellent medical, life insurance, 401k plan

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We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

In accordance with Saildrone’s mandatory employee COVID-19 vaccination policy, please be advised that all employees are required to be vaccinated and boosted to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors and the community at large.

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