Director of Public Policy

04 Oct, 2021


Director of Public Policy

Hunton Andrews Kurth
Washington, DC

Job Details


Who We Are:

The Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL) at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is a leading global privacy and data policy think tank working at the intersection of law, policy and technology with membership comprised of more than 80+ multinational companies across all industry sectors. Throughout our twenty-year existence, we have worked with industry leaders, regulators and policy-makers worldwide to shape and develop law, policy and organizational best practices addressing data privacy and responsible data use in our pursuit to help enable the modern information age. CIPL’s leadership and staff are globally recognized data privacy thought leaders. They include former senior public and private sector professionals with extensive global and national experience in developing, interpreting, implementing and enforcing laws, policies and corporate privacy programs relevant to the data economy.

CIPL is looking for a Director of Public Policy to join our team in our Washington, DC office. This role reports to CIPL’s Vice President & Senior Policy Counselor.

About the Role:

The primary purpose of the Director of Public Policy is to advance CIPL’s policy priorities and initiatives in the US in relation to a wide range of privacy and data related topics, including the US privacy law and policy development process. In addition, the Director of Public Policy will also work on international privacy and data protection issues with CIPL’s global team of privacy experts based in Washington DC, London and Brussels.

Day-to-day Responsibilities and Accountabilities Include:                            

  • Working closely with CIPL team members to develop strategies and implement project plans to advance CIPL’s US and global policy agenda on a wide range of privacy and data protection issues. (This includes the following topics: proposed legislation; cross border data flows; data localization; accountability-based information management and privacy governance; regional developments (e.g., US (state and federal), Canada, Latin America and Asia-Pacific); the role of the corporate data protection or privacy officer; privacy risk management; transparency and user control; privacy enhancing technologies (PETs); Accountable AI; data driven innovation; data analytics; IoT; cloud computing; cognitive cities; and data sharing between and among private sector organizations and public sector organizations; children’s data, and regulatory strategy and oversight).
  • Leading CIPL’s work on the US privacy law and policy development process at the federal and state levels and engaging with relevant lawmakers, staff and legislative committees to advance CIPL’s policy positions.
  • Developing specific policy positions by working with CIPL leadership and CIPL member companies.
  • Identifying law and policy trends relevant to CIPL’s mission and summarizing and communicating findings to CIPL staff and CIPL members.
  • Helping position CIPL as a policy thought leader by staying abreast of US and global public policy developments in data protection and related areas and by anticipating relevant emerging issues.
  • Seeking opportunities for and helping manage collaboration with CIPL member companies, think tanks, academics, industry groups and policy influencers to advance CIPL’s policy agenda.
  • Helping expand relationships with current CIPL members and recruiting new CIPL members.
  • Drafting regulatory comments, white papers, issue briefs and articles.
  • Developing agendas and content for CIPL and non-CIPL events and speaking/representing CIPL at these events.
  • Assisting with special projects relevant to CIPL’s mission and CIPL members.

About You:

You will have:

  • Superb writing, analytical, and public speaking skills and ability to distill and present complex information and concepts in a clear and persuasive way.
  • Excellent knowledge of the US legislative, regulatory and policy environments in relation to privacy and broader data and digital issues, with existing track record of contacts/collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
  • Ability to conduct and lead research on emerging data privacy laws, policy and organizational best practices and related legal developments.
  • Strong understanding of data driven innovation and technology trends and/or computer science.
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal skills, entrepreneurial spirit and proactive attitude and eagerness to learn and collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent business acumen, command of the global corporate environment and practical knowledge/experience in data protection compliance and implementing a privacy management program.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: JD degree required.
  • Minimum of eight years of relevant work experience (e.g., in-house, professional services firm, law firm, think tank, trade association, government, regulatory agency or legislative staff).
  • Excellent knowledge of global privacy, data protection laws and policy, and regulation of emerging technologies.
  • Understanding of the US federal and state legislative/regulatory process.
  • Experience writing public consultation responses, white papers or articles on issues related to privacy and data protection.
  • Business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Knowledge of additional languages is a plus.

Additional Interests, Experience or Qualifications:

  • Understanding of technology trends, computer science and/or data analytics.
  • Competition law, intellectual property law, and/or regulatory compliance.

Other Qualifications: 

Availability and willingness to work hours as needed to meet critical deadlines. Strong commitment to client service excellence and teamwork. Must possess the highest standards of ethical conduct and professionalism. Must act as catalyst for change, drive and own results. Creative and innovative. Willingness to work across time zones and across cultures. Frequent travel may be required. Excellent communication skills (oral, written and listening) and ability to collaborate effectively with diverse group of professionals. Sound judgment and flexibility. Ability to work well under pressure, patience, diplomacy, high stress tolerance, excellent interpersonal communication skills, ability to prioritize workload and adapt to changing conditions. Frequent travel may be required. Visual acuity needed to process and read extensive written communications. Ability to receive and convey detailed information through oral communication. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications. Essential competency processes include language ability, reasoning and memory. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent must possess the abilities or aptitudes to proficiently perform each of the responsibilities and accountabilities described above, with or without reasonable accommodation.

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Job posted: 2021-10-04