Senior Director Governance Risk & Compliance


Upwork ($UPWK) is the world’s work marketplace. We help connect companies large and small with top independent talent from around the world. Simply put, our mission is to create economic opportunities so people have better lives.

Every year, more than $2 billion of work is done through Upwork by skilled independent professionals who want the freedom of working anytime, anywhere.

Upwork's Sr. Director Governance Risk and Compliance will be responsible for the delivery and governance of Security programs. This role will also include training, 3rd party management, and communication of the certified program to internal and external parties. The successful candidate will lead a team of skilled team members with a hands-on approach setting strategies in conjunction with the organization's cloud, endpoint, legal and privacy teams.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement a comprehensive program to align and integrate with Enterprise strategy

  • Deliver security projects using industry best practices including budget management

  • Execute the Global Security Operations Governance and Compliance oversight program and partner with Corporate Compliance to carry out risk assessments in regular intervals and align on critical initiatives after evaluating results

  • Partner cross-functionally with key business partners to influence and ensure alignment and support for the Security mandate

  • Align and collaborate with fellow leaders of our Global Security Architecture & Engineering and Information Protection teams

  • Oversee the development and delivery of end user training under the direction of the CISO

What it takes to catch our eye:

  • Deep experience in program management leadership and management experience in multi-disciplinary environments

  • Demonstrable experience managing a security program and governance function in an organization with a cloud environment

  • Solid leadership background in program management, risk management, and compliance management with strong communication skills.

  • Demonstrable track record of delivering security solutions within tight time frames, in collaboration with multiple partner groups and contending priorities.

Come change how the world works.

At Upwork, you’ll shape talent solutions for how the world works today. We are a remote-first organization working together to create exciting remote work opportunities for a global community of professionals.  While we have physical offices in San Francisco and Chicago, currently we also support hiring of corporate full-time employees in 15 states in the United States. Please speak with a member of our recruitment team to determine whether you are located in a state in which we are hiring corporate full-time employees. 

Our vibrant culture is built on shared values and our mission to create economic opportunities so that people have better lives. We foster amazing teams, put our community first, and have a bias toward action. We encourage everyone to bring their whole selves to work and grow together through development opportunities, mentorship, and employee resource groups. Oh yeah, we’ve also got amazing benefits.

Check out our Life at Upwork page to learn more about the employee experience.   

Upwork is proudly committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we never discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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