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Information Governance Manager

Perkins Coie

Perkins Coie

Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Friday, September 1, 2023

Job Description:

At Perkins Coie, we look for self-motivated individuals dedicated to providing value and superior service and who have a high degree of integrity and enthusiasm for their work. We have created a company culture based on collaboration, devotion to serving our clients, and mutual respect. Perkins Coie is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion both within the firm and throughout our collective communities. Work with one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For and receive great health insurance, tuition reimbursement, and paid sabbaticals.


Under the direction of the Director of Information Governance, the Information Governance Manager is responsible for leading a team in the execution of the firm’s Information Governance strategy. This individual will work closely with firm practice groups, leadership, and administrative departments to ensure compliance with the firm’s legal, regulatory, ethical, and client obligations.


These essential functions are primary job duties that incumbents must be able to perform unassisted or with some reasonable accommodation.

  • Set individual and team goals, ensuring team members are highly productive and continue to develop the skills needed to meet the business demands of the firm.
  • Provide ongoing performance feedback to Information Governance team members based on meaningful performance metrics and customer feedback.
  • Use data to analyze and optimize Information Governance processes to improve retention and disposition of records in alignment with firm Information Governance policies.
  • Oversee operations for assigned offices related to on-site and off-site records storage facilities, ensuring cost-effectiveness and adherence to records retention schedules.
  • Review and revise Information Governance policies and records retention schedules.
  • Work collaboratively with team members to create and implement retention and legal hold strategies for active storage of records across all systems.
  • Coach attorneys and legal teams on email management and electronic records management.
  • Oversee primary data management systems, including Records Management System and other key records repositories.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • To comply with Export Control laws, candidates must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents to apply.
  • Ability to explain complex and/or technical topics relating to information governance to those without prior knowledge of the firm’s systems and policies.
  • Knowledge of key technology tools, including Document Management Systems (DMS), Records Management Systems, the Microsoft 365 platform, Google G Suite, etc.
  • Broad knowledge of records, information management, and data protection laws, regulations, and best practices.
  • Ability to establish clear priorities and orchestrate resources across multiple functions and firm business units in an organized manner.
  • Ability to identify and mitigate risks associated with the development and implementation of the Information Governance Program.
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively, conveying information clearly and accurately and using the best method of delivery.
  • Ability to facilitate and present Information Governance strategy to all levels of firm personnel.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality of firm records and information.
  • Ability to develop trusting relationships across the firm, including within practice groups and with external partners.


  • Strong communication skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Program and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated team-building skills.
  • Familiarity with the business of law.
  • Information Governance Professional (IGP), Certified Records Manager (CRM), Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP)
  • Familiarity with technical concepts relevant to cloud computing environments.


  • BA/BS degree in business, information management, or related field, or a combination of education and related experience providing equivalent knowledge.
  • Six plus years of experience in information governance, records management, or related areas preferred.
  • Three plus years of experience managing high-achieving teams is preferred.

This position is eligible for an annual discretionary bonus, 401(k) plan, medical, dental, and vision insurance, accrued paid time off plan starting at 20 days annually, personal medical and parental leave, up to ten paid Holidays, and family care benefits. More information regarding benefits and programs may be found here.

This position may be filled in the following location(s). The compensation depends on qualifications and experience.

Washington State compensation range: $78,820 to $118,720 annually