Associate or Senior Associate – Public Policy

27 Jul, 2021


Associate or Senior Associate – Public Policy

Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)


Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) seeks a savvy utility player to help WTIA build its public policy function and drive policy outcomes that build an equity-centered technology sector in a thriving community. In this role, you’ll have the opportunity to influence key decisions and policies that impact the technology sector. Designation of “senior” title would apply to the successful candidate whose qualifications are exceptional.

Our Core Values

  • We actively pursue diversity. We methodically eliminate bias in every aspect of our company. We purposefully hire, advocate for, and develop women, Black, Latino/x, and other underrepresented populations in tech into every level of the organization including our boards, leadership, employees, and contractors.
  • We care deeply about our deliverables. We are intellectually curious, always learning or improving skills to ensure that what we deliver in our daily work is the very best it can be.
  • We are entrepreneurial. We have the courage to build a better future for ourselves, our organization, and our community. We take risks and learn from our failures. We know that challenging our assumptions is necessary to capture opportunity.
  • We are servant leaders. We endeavor to serve each other, our members, partners, and stakeholders get what they need, when they need it. In every moment, we ask “how can I help” and then we are responsive, nimble, and make a good effort to achieve the outcome.
  • We are radically transparent. We work diligently to remove barriers to organizational information and openly share the development of policies and processes with each other. We speak and act with integrity and embrace differences in opinion.

About the Role

Reporting to the Vice President of Government Affairs, you’ll work with a team of passionate, talented people who believe our mission is critical to the technology industry and our communities. We are committed to professional development and provide a comprehensive benefits package to support growth and well-being.

Among other things, in this role you will:

  • Track and analyze local, state, and federal policies impacting workforce development for the tech sector, DEI in tech, and startups
  • Draft detailed legislative summaries and policy positions
  • Conduct research on policies at the federal and state levels
  • Lead development of collateral, including policy white papers and reports
  • Lead communications strategy to effectively leverage social media and PR to advance policy advocacy
  • Support identifying and writing grants
  • Support organizational needs, including database management


Ideal qualifications we seek in a candidate:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus volunteer or professional experience in government relations, public policy, and/or advocacy
  • Familiarity with workforce development, DEI, startup, and regulatory policies impacting the technology sector
  • Experience working in or with a local, state, or federal legislature
  • Grant-writing experience
  • Familiarity with Washington state government and politics

Key competences necessary for success in this role include:

  • Action Oriented – Enjoys working hard; is action oriented and full of energy for the things they see as challenging; not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning; seizes more opportunities than others.
  • Analytical Skills – Able to visualize, articulate, conceptualize or solve both complex and uncomplicated problems by making decisions that are sensible given the available information.
  • Communications – Conveys information orally and in writing in a clear, succinct way and in a variety of communication settings and styles; can get messages across that have the desired effect.
  • Composure – Is cool under pressure; does not become defensive or irritated when times are tough; is considered mature; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; doesn’t show frustration when resisted or blocked; is a settling influence in a crisis.
  • Creativity – Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
  • Intellectual Horsepower – Is bright and intelligent; deals with concepts and complexity comfortably; described as intellectually sharp, capable, and agile.
  • Interpersonal Savvy – Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
  • Organizing – Efficiently uses resources (people, funding, material, support) to get things done; can orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal.
  • Process Management – Good at figuring out the processes necessary to get things done; knows how to organize people and activities; understands how to separate and combine tasks into efficient workflow; knows what to measure and how to measure it; can see opportunities for synergy and integration where others can’t; can simplify complex processes; gets more out of fewer resources.

Other important information about this position:

  • This position is remote, however frequent travel to meetings and events within Washington state is necessary.
  • Every position requires certain physical capabilities. WTIA seeks to make reasonable accommodations that enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential duties when possible.

Equal employment opportunity is a fundamental principle at the WTIA. We are committed to a work environment in which relationships are characterized by dignity, courtesy, and respect. We are committed to nondiscrimination in all business operations.

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Job posted: 2021-07-27