Have you hired a social media manager?  A social media guru/wizard/ninja/diva?  Each of these job "titles" are increasingly being used by companies to attract individuals who specialize in marketing a company’s brand and/or services in social media.  A recent article in the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times highlights just how prevalent these job titles are becoming corporate America.  

As companies struggle to keep up with the rapidly evolving world of social media, they are turning to hiring to hiring social media managers to handle their social media presence.  However, companies should be leery of the “jump first, look second” approach.  In fact, several key questions should be asked when delving into the realm of social media and hiring a new, typically younger employee with responsibility for a company’s social media existence and, therefore, its brand


  • What qualifications are you looking for?  Often companies seek a younger employee who is "tech-savy."  Traditional employment issues notwithstanding (i.e. age discrimination when an "older" employee is not hired/considered for a position), companies must also consider what their social media mission/focus will be.  For example, to the extent a company utilizes social media as a marketing tool, will you want your social media manager to have a background in marketing?  Similarly, to the extent you wish to utilize social media to handle client/customer complaints, will you want your social media manager to have a background in customer relations? Will you hire an external candidate who is perhaps unfamiliar with your company and its mission, or will you hire an internal candidate?


  • What products/services will the social media manager be responsible for discussing/marketing?
  • Will the social media manager have total freedom to explore and execute social media opportunities? 
  • What policies will the social media manager be responsible for implementing?  Will the social media manager have responsibility for implementing the company’s social media policy to employees and managers as well?


  • What training will be provided to your social media manager?  For example, will the social media manager be trained on what information he/she should or should not consider when examining posts by customers and/or employees? 
  • What policies will govern your social media manager’s employment?  Will the social media manager be permitted to “friend” employees/subordinates on social media or establish policies for employees to follow? 
  • What safety protocols will be in place?  For example, if your company has a Facebook page, will you social media manager be responsible for maintaining the password and access to same?  How will the company transition its social media presence if and when the social media manager separates from employment? 

While the above list is by no means exhaustive, it demonstrates some of the additional considerations that must be examined when a company wishes to expand into social media.   Companies are often unaware of the need to consider these questions prior to implementing a social media policy or hiring a social media manager.  However, examining these points will help ensure your company’s social media experience flows more smoothly. 

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Jason C. Gavejian is a principal in the Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and co-leader of the firm’s Privacy, Data and Cybersecurity practice group. Jason is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) with the International Association of Privacy…

Jason C. Gavejian is a principal in the Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and co-leader of the firm’s Privacy, Data and Cybersecurity practice group. Jason is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) with the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

As a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), Jason focuses on the matrix of laws governing privacy, security, and management of data. Jason is co-editor of, and a regular contributor to, the firm’s Workplace Privacy, Data Management & Security Report blog.

Jason’s work in the area of privacy and data security includes counseling international, national, and regional companies on the vast array of privacy and security mandates, preventive measures, policies, procedures, and best practices. This includes, but is not limited to, the privacy and security requirements under state, federal, and international law (e.g., HIPAA/HITECH, GDPR, California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), FTC Act, ECPA, SCA, GLBA etc.). Jason helps companies in all industries to assess information risk and security as part of the development and implementation of comprehensive data security safeguards including written information security programs (WISP). Additionally, Jason assists companies in analyzing issues related to: electronic communications, social media, electronic signatures (ESIGN/UETA), monitoring and recording (GPS, video, audio, etc.), biometrics, and bring your own device (BYOD) and company owned personally enabled device (COPE) programs, including policies and procedures to address same. He regularly advises clients on compliance issues under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and has represented clients in suits, including class actions, brought in various jurisdictions throughout the country under the TCPA.

Jason represents companies with respect to inquiries from the HHS/OCR, state attorneys general, and other agencies alleging wrongful disclosure of personal/protected information. He negotiates vendor agreements and other data privacy and security agreements, including business associate agreements. His work in the area of privacy and data security includes counseling and coaching clients through the process of investigating and responding to breaches of the personally identifiable information (PII) or protected health information (PHI) they maintain about consumers, customers, employees, patients, and others, while also assisting clients in implementing policies, practices, and procedures to prevent future data incidents.

Jason represents management exclusively in all aspects of employment litigation, including restrictive covenants, class-actions, harassment, retaliation, discrimination, and wage and hour claims in both federal and state courts. He regularly appears before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights, and the New Jersey Department of Labor. Jason’s practice also focuses on advising/counseling employers regarding daily workplace issues.

Jason’s litigation experience, coupled with his privacy practice, provides him with a unique view of many workplace issues and the impact privacy, data security, and social media may play in actual or threatened lawsuits.

Jason regularly provides training to both executives and employees and regularly speaks on current privacy, data security, monitoring, recording, BYOD/COPE, biometrics (BIPA), social media, TCPA, and information management issues. His views on these topics have been discussed in multiple publications, including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle (SFGATE), National Law Review, Bloomberg BNA, Inc.com, @Law Magazine, Risk and Insurance Magazine, LXBN TV, Business Insurance Magazine, and HR.BLR.com.

Jason is the co-leader of Jackson Lewis’ Hispanic Attorney resource group, a group committed to increasing the firm’s visibility among Hispanic-American and other minority attorneys, as well as mentoring the firm’s attorneys to assist in their training and development. He also previously served on the National Leadership Committee of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and regularly volunteers his time for pro bono matters.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Jason served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Richard J. Donohue on the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County.