Employment Counsel @ Instacart - San Francisco, CA

Employment Counsel


Our legal team is growing! Instacart is seeking a talented Employment Counsel to handle a wide variety of contractor and employment matters that are core to the company's business and growth. You'll work closely with teams like human resources, finance, products, and operations to provide experienced legal advice and help tackle novel and thorny cross-disciplinary issues. You must have the ability to operate independently in a fast-paced environment, prioritize a dynamic and varied workload, and possess excellent judgment. You'll also need to be proactive and engaged, able to work well cross-functionally both internally and externally, excited about technology and e-commerce, and ready to roll up your sleeves and dig into tough problems!


  • Partnering closely with Human Resources and business partners to evaluate legal risks and provide subject matter knowledge on a broad range of employment issues, including wage and hour, recruiting and hiring, training, employee management, and HR best practices
  • Drafting and revising a variety of employment-related agreements and other written content such as offer letters, contractor agreements, vendor agreements, and more
  • Helping to develop and implement scalable self-service tools and processes for the HR and Operations teams as the company grows
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams to structure contractor and employment law compliance across multiple jurisdictions
  • Handling and resolving employment claims and litigation, including managing outside counsel
  • Thinking ahead, seeing around corners, and helping to prepare for and address contractor and employment issues that may arise in the future


  • J.D. from a top-tier law school and membership with at least one state bar (preferably California)
  • A minimum of 5 years of related experience working on employment litigation and counseling matters (prior in-house experience preferred)
  • Deep experience with employment laws in multiple states (including California) and across a wide range of issues
  • Consistent track record of providing pragmatic and reasoned advice to HR and business partners
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Willingness to roll up your sleeves, get into the legal nitty gritty, and the ability to exercise sound judgment when approaching novel problems without clear answers