This Government Affairs Director position serves as the lead in advancing Microsoft’s public policy initiatives in the areas of workforce development and immigration. As part of Microsoft’s senior team of policy experts in Washington, D.C., the Policy Counsel plays a significant role in shaping the Company’s U.S. policy agenda in these areas and is responsible for the development and execution of strategies necessary to achieve related goals. In this regard, the Government Affairs Director works closely with Company executives and colleagues and represents Microsoft in related discussions with policymakers, including Members of Congress and staff, Administration officials, and relevant state-level officials. The Government Affairs Director also serves as Microsoft’s representative in leading industry associations and coalitions and engages workforce, immigration, and other non-governmental stakeholders.
The Government Affairs Director, working across groups within Microsoft and with interested external public and private organizations, will be responsible for developing a range of strategies and executing those in the U.S., including:
• Advancing company policy priorities on workforce, immigration and employment issues through legislative proposals, administrative reforms, or programs and initiatives;
• Advocating for high-skilled immigration reforms that enable employers to access the skilled workers and the talents necessary to remain competitive in the global economy;
• Leading efforts to advocate for state and federal policies aimed at ensuring that U.S. workers possess the skills necessary for the middle skills jobs of the new workplace;
• Responding to Congressional and Administration inquiries, supervising the preparation of written testimony and white papers, working with interested associations and academics, and preparing other internal and external communications;
• Working with internal partners to manage services from external counsel and consultants;
• Participating as a thought leader in various industry associations and alliances, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Information Technology Industry Council, TechNet and Compete America;
• Establishing and maintaining good working relationships with the government affairs and public policy representatives of other companies, both in and outside the tech industry, as needed to achieve objectives; and
• Supporting Microsoft’s Software and Systems Academy—our innovative skills training program for returning service members.
In executing these responsibilities, the Government Affairs Director will work closely with other members of the Federal Government Affairs Team, leveraging the expertise of colleagues in the US Immigration and Employment Law groups along with the State Government Affairs Team, Microsoft’s Global Corporate Affairs community, as well as internal experts on technology solutions to improve middle skills training.
This position will have direct and frequent contact with officials in the Washington, D.C. community, including Members of Congress, Administration officials, their respective staffs; trade association personnel; representatives of other companies; opinion leaders and academics; and Microsoft executives and employees across product teams and business groups.
• Minimum 8-10 years of demonstrated, successful work experience in relevant law and/or public policy
• Experience with the federal legislative process. Experience with regulatory agencies a plus.
• Strong project management skills and a track record of coalition-building.
• Track record of delivering results in developing and implementing strategic programs involving policy issues.
• Familiarity with tech industry issues strongly preferred.
• Ability to represent the Company effectively in a variety of public settings.
• Experience managing outside resources, including consultants, on legislative or public policy-related initiatives.
• Ability to lead and motivate others and to work as a team player.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• A B.S. or B.A. degree required. Advanced degree in public policy or equivalent strongly preferred.
This description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this position. The actual duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may vary based on changes in the company’s policy agenda and priorities.
Job Posted: February 13, 2017