Director of Legal

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Dwolla is one of the fastest growing technology companies in Des Moines and has been recognized nationally by Fast Company as ‘one of the world’s most innovative companies.’ Joining the team at Dwolla means you will be entering a unique, open, and fast-paced working environment, located right in downtown Des Moines. You will join our team in building the ideal platform to move money, giving businesses the tools they need to access the ACH network and improve their payments process.

Dwolla seeks an exceptional Director of Legal to join our growing in-house team to provide sound legal and business advice across the company. S/he will guide and support our team of legal professionals in the provision of timely and high quality advice on our commercial operations, product development, and regulatory compliance strategy. S/he will be a motivated self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced environment and is comfortable with ambiguity and change. The ideal candidate will be a generalist, tech-savvy attorney with a Fintech background, who is both an experienced leader and a strong operator who can roll up their sleeves to get things done.


Provide leadership and guidance to Dwolla’s team of high-performing legal professionals on day-to-day matters and escalations.
Provide timely legal and business guidance to all areas of the company on a wide variety of issues, including commercial, regulatory, product development, and corporate matters.
Lead complex legal projects that span multiple legal, business, and functional areas.
Partner with the General Counsel and cross-functional leaders to evaluate and set company risk tolerance and mitigate legal risk.
Partner with cross-functional leaders to monitor and drive compliance with Dwolla’s company policies and regulatory requirements while fostering successful business growth.
Play a significant role in the hiring and management of new legal professionals.
Lead initiatives to Improve and scale legal systems, tools, and processes by evaluating and implementing new technology and policies.
Maintain a strong working knowledge of all laws and regulations affecting the business.
Prepare and deliver ongoing legal training to internal teams.
Assist with the development and management of the Legal team budget.
Manage outside counsel work and relationships.


JD admitted to practice in Iowa, or eligible to be admitted without examination under Rule 31.12 or to register as Iowa House Counsel under Rule 31.16.
Minimum of 10 years of relevant law firm and/or in-house experience.
Prior experience managing and/or leading legal professionals is required.
Unquestionable ethics and integrity.
Exceptional communication skills.
Strong judgment, with a firm grasp of the intersection of legal, regulatory and business issues.
Ideal candidate will have prior experience in the following industries and/or subjects: payments, financial services, e-commerce, and/or software.
Ideal candidate will also have significant expertise in: BSA/AML, UDAAP, Reg E, Privacy rules (CalOPPA, CCPA, GDPR), CAN-SPAM, and/or NACHA Rules.


Competitive salaries
Stock Options
401K Match
Paid Time Off
Paid parking or public transportation stipend
12 weeks paid Parental Leave
Medical, dental & vision insurance
Life Insurance
Flexible Spending Account
Lunch & Learns
Casual dress- Dwolla swag is a good thing!

At Dwolla, we hold the core belief that the best teams are built by the inclusion of diverse ideas, experiences, and people.

Join our team and bring your unique perspective to help build the ideal platform to move money.

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