Director of Records and (IG) Information Governance

Location: New York

Contact(s): Tracey Breslin

The Director of Records and Information Governance will report directly to the (CIO) Chief Information Officer and is responsible for the day to day operational management and oversight of the Firm’s global Records and Information Governance function.

 Data can be leveraged for strategic purposes or nefarious purposes.  Considering the modern law firm, legal tech operations and data as the Firm’s intellectual property, the Director of Records and Information Governance role is of considerable importance.  The right individual will help influence how the firm protects data (data security), how it leverages data strategically (data analytics) and how various platforms (AI, Cloud and applications) will be able to access the firms data. 

 Primary Responsibilities

  • Develops, implements, maintains, and oversees information governance policies and standard operating procedures based on the legal industry best practices and with an aim to maintain data in a structured format.
  • Develops and communicates information governance strategies and plans to Firm management, other stakeholders, and teams.
  • Develops the budget for information governance teams.
  • Leads all information governance initiatives working closely with the General Counsel, CIO and other Firm senior leadership.
  • Collaborates with stakeholders in data governance initiatives including data loss prevention and privacy related projects.
  • Collaborates with other IT Directors and Senior Managers to establish and maintain systems to ensure compliance with information governance policies and practices.
  • Identifies problems with information governance procedures, makes recommendations for remediation, and implements solutions.
  • Manages Firm’s records retention efforts, with emphasis on legal compliance and risk mitigation requirements, working closely with Firm’s CIO and General Counsel.
  • Prepares statistical reports on all phases of the Firm’s information governance program as required.
  • Maintains information governance vendor and service provider relationships.
  • Oversees the recruitment, development, retention, and organization of information governance staff, in accordance with Firm policies.
  • Keeps up to date with trends and issues in the information governance field, including current and emerging technologies as well as the development and review of special contracts
  • Oversee space management projects (office renovations or changes) and records destruction efforts for physical and digital records; assists with defining record retention schedule as well as convenience file retention schedules

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct supervision of regional Records Managers. Overall responsibility for all Records Management and Information Governance team’s staff.

Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities

  • Ability to manage internal and external information governance related projects from inception to successful implementation.
  • Strong analysis, design, and implementation experience with information governance technologies.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  • Technical proficiency in information governance systems and software applications, as well as experience implementing packages and working with vendors.
  • Expertise in setting and managing customer expectations.
  • Skill in conceptualizing creative solutions, as well as documenting them and presenting/selling them to senior management.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of business needs, with the ability to establish and maintain a high level of customer trust and confidence.
  • Strong customer focus and ability to manage client expectations.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as ability to present and explain technical information in a way that establishes rapport, persuades others, and gains understanding.
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills at all management levels. Ability to direct others and ability to foster an environment of collaboration, commitment, team spirit, pride, and trust.
  • High degree of initiative, dependability, and ability to work with autonomy.
  • High level of personal integrity, and the ability to professionally handle confidential matters and exude the appropriate level of judgment and maturity, as well as inspire confidence in both the internal clients and team members.
  • Provide leadership and motivation to team members throughout the information management life cycle. Plan team resource needs; allocate, supervise, and review work. Communicate plans, status, and issues to higher levels of management. Lead the effort in creative approaches to problem solving and quality deliverables supporting business needs.
  • Maintain current knowledge of information governance practices, and plan for changes in response to dynamic business needs. Continue to develop skills, knowledge, and ability to improve processes and procedures as well as to keep updated on trends and developments in the industry. This includes meeting annual personal development goals.

Education And/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred or any equivalent combination of training, education and experience with an extensive related information governance understanding that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Minimum of 7 to 10 years of information governance work experience including managing team(s) responsible for enterprise content management.
  • CRM and/or IGP certification preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with document management systems (iManage), Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and Records Management Systems (File Trail)  desired.



The anticipated annual base salary range for this position is $175,000 to $250,000. The actual base salary offered will depend on a variety of factors, including without limitation, the qualifications of the applicant, years of relevant experience, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and if applicable, the location from which the applicant will be performing the job.


EEOC: Cadwalader is an equal opportunity employer.    We offer opportunities to all qualified persons regardless of race (including traits historically associated with race, such as, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles), color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), reproductive health decisions, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital status, status as a veteran, genetic information or predisposition, or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law.