Corporate Counsel



Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Umbra builds next-generation space systems that observe the Earth in unprecedented fidelity.

Our mission: Deliver global omniscience.

To stay ahead of climate change, geopolitical risk, and other major crises and issues, we need a global understanding of what is changing, where, and how fast. Umbra provides easy access to the highest quality commercial satellite data available, which is an indispensable tool for the growing number of organizations monitoring the Earth. We empower our customers to create the solutions that inform, inspire, and address our planet’s most pressing needs. We’re helping to create a brand new industry that has never meaningfully existed before.

As Corporate Counsel, you will be an integral member of the legal team and company as a whole, and will report directly to Umbra’s VP, Head of Legal. We are a small team with all hands on deck, and you will be making a meaningful impact on the day-to-day operations of a fast-paced technology company. We are enablers of business strategy and promoters of innovation who help business teams assess the risk and reward and strive to maintain our reputation as “the department of ‘yes’.” To excel in this role, you must be passionate about problem solving and finding creative solutions for novel and challenging issues while being attentive to detail, meticulously organized, and maintaining a positive attitude (even when working under pressure). If you are looking to work in a dynamic, challenging, and fun environment contributing to a mission with worldwide impact, we would like to meet you!

Key Responsibilities

  • Commercial Transactions: Provide legal counsel for commercial and government transactions; draft, review, and negotiate various contracts with customers, strategic partners, vendors, and subcontractors, as needed.
  • Compliance: Collaborate on development and implementation of the companywide compliance program to ensure the company meets and exceeds its legal and ethical obligations.
  • Legislative Advocacy: Monitor and advise on legal and regulatory developments impacting the company; prepare position papers and other advocacy materials.
  • Product Counsel: Support the readiness and release of products and features by identifying and driving resolution of issues related to export compliance, intellectual property, privacy, data security, and other legal and regulatory areas.
  • Trade Compliance: Oversee the international trade and anti-bribery compliance programs, and serve as an Empowered Official.
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Manage litigation matters and disputes, working with outside counsel as necessary.
  • Training: Develop and deliver training on relevant legal issues to internal stakeholders.
  • Additional Projects: Participate in other projects as needed and contribute to the areas where you have skills.

Basic Qualifications

  • Attorney in good standing in at least one state in the United States.
  • 5+ years of relevant legal experience.
  • Deep knowledge of US export controls, especially International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
  • Experience counseling business teams through the product development lifecycle and advising on the legal and regulatory aspects of product development.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment under minimum supervision.
  • Resilience, resourcefulness, and the ability to make decisions with imperfect facts.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Eagerness to wear many hats and desire to expand beyond your core function.
  • Enjoy utilizing technology to increase efficiency.
  • Willingness to challenge status quo and seek innovative solutions.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working in a fast-growing startup developing critical technology or in the Earth observation industry.
  • Combination of law firm and in-house/government experience.
  • Experience with trade compliance, spectrum management, and/or government data security.
  • Intellectual curiosity and desire for continuous growth and improvement.
  • Engineering or other technology experience.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance may be required.
  • Have grit and a can-do attitude.
  • Strategic thinker with a passion for national security.
  • Knowledge and experience with Agile methodologies.


  • Flexible Time Off, Sick, Family & Medical Leave
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, LTD, STD (employer funded)
  • Vol Life, Critical Illness, Accidental, Hospital Indemnity, Pet Insurance (employee funded)
  • 401k with 3% non-elective company contribution
  • Stock Options

Umbra is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, Veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics.

Employment Eligibility Verification

In compliance with federal laws, all hired persons will be required to verify their identity and eligibility to work in the United States by completing the required Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) upon hire.

ITAR/EAR Requirements

This position may include access to technology and/or data that is subject to U.S. export controls pursuant to ITAR and EAR. To comply with federal export controls, all persons hired must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, U.S. lawful permanent resident, refugee or asylee as defined by 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3), or must otherwise be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or U.S.Department of Commerce as applicable.

Pay Transparency
This job posting may span more than one career level. To provide greater transparency to candidates, we share base ranges for all job postings regardless of state. We set standard base pay ranges for all roles based on function and level benchmarked against similar stage growth companies. Final offer amounts are determined by skills, responsibilities and relevant work experience.