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Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Search

Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Search
Organization: Google
Location: San Francisco, CA/Mountain View, CA
Date Posted: 01/12/2024

Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience.

15 years of experience working on policy issues for companies or within government, think tanks, public interest groups, or relevant industry associations.

Experience working on public policy issues in the technology industry, in particular as an advisor and partner to business teams in product development, go-to-market, and other business areas.

Preferred qualifications:

Experience working with or for regulated industries, business strategy consultancies, or the technology industry.

Experience working with international teams and a variety of stakeholders and in building and executing strategies to deliver exceptional solutions.

Ability to lead and evaluate issues independently in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated experience successfully managing a team.

Excellent personal, political, analytical, and communications skills and high attention to detail.

About the job: The Government Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) team works directly with the Google Search product area to advise on public policy issues. We are experts on Google’s outlook for key products and work closely with product and business teams to minimize risk and increase opportunity for success and growth. Our team’s mission is to help Google, governments, and civil society responsibly navigate social, political, and economic issues.

As Director, your responsibilities include:

  • Advising product and engineering teams for Search products through the public policy lens.
  • Designing forward-looking government and public affairs strategies to support product roadmaps.
  • Coordinating with the global policy team and key cross-functional partners to drive strategy.
  • Developing the external narrative around key policy challenges.
  • Organizing, managing, and communicating critical plans, initiatives, and strategy.

In this role, you will: Utilize analytical and organizational skills, communicate effectively in person and writing, have an aptitude for learning, develop and implement creative ideas, and have the discipline to manage competing projects with tight deadlines. You will be a Government Affairs and Public Policy professional with experience in the field, able to grasp complex technical and policy issues, and passionate about shaping the future of technology for everyone.


  • Engage directly with policymakers and key opinion formers to shape public and political dialogue.
  • Develop and lead public policy strategy for Google’s Search products and businesses.
  • Empower and guide the team in an open, collaborative, inclusive, and effective manner.
  • Provide strategic policy advice to senior Search leadership.
  • Build and manage a network of key senior stakeholder and influencer relationships.
  • Direct policy projects on issues affecting the industry, including data privacy, controversial content, competition, and cross-industry relations.

Compensation Details: The US base salary range for this full-time position is $249,000-$366,000 + bonus + equity + benefits. Salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. The range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries across all US locations. Compensation details listed in US role postings reflect the base salary only, and do not include bonus, equity, or benefits.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Google is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are committed to building a workforce that is representative of the users we serve, creating a culture of belonging, and providing equal employment opportunities regardless of various factors. Google does not accept agency resumes and is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

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