Director of Public Policy

08 Jan, 2022


Director of Public Policy

Washington, DC

Atlassian can hire people in any country where we have a legal entity, assuming candidates have eligible working rights and a sufficient timezone overlap with their team. As our offices re-open, Atlassians can choose to work remotely or return to an office, unless it’s necessary for the role to be performed in the office. Interviews and onboarding are conducted virtually, a part of being a distributed-first company.

Are you interested in the rapidly evolving policy and regulatory landscape around technology? Are you excited by the challenge of engaging with policy-makers, regulators and legislators on complex issues and representing the interests of a fast-growing global technology company? If so, let’s talk!

We are looking for a Director of Public Policy to join our growing Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs function, within the Legal team. We’re seeking an experienced public policy and government relations professional with a strong understanding of regulatory and policy processes to directly represent Atlassian in our engagement with the US Government and legislature. The right candidate will monitor legislative and regulatory developments within Federal Government, build relationships with lawmakers, policymakers and regulators and develop out a pro-active engagement strategy in support of our public policy and regulatory affairs goals.

In this role, you’ll be responsible for:

    • Building out Atlassian’s approach to engagement with US lawmakers and government.
    • Monitoring key developments in tech regulation and policy across both Federal and State jurisdictions.
    • Supporting the Head of Global Policy and Regulatory Affairs, the development of our International public policy engagement strategy.
    • Working with the Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs team to ensure our engagement is effective and substantive through detailed analysis and careful consideration of emerging regulatory and legislative proposals.
    • Developing close working relationships with teams across Atlassian that have a strong interest in emerging regulatory and policy proposals including sustainability, compliance and risk, privacy and security.
    • Advising senior leaders of the implications of emerging technology policy and regulatory proposals
    • Leading the development of responses to government and legislative consultation processes in areas including but not limited to cybersecurity, privacy, antitrust/competition, law enforcement access, innovation and tax.
    • Keeping current on the state of tech regulation globally with a particular focus on the US.
On your first day, we’ll expect you to have:
    • Minimum 6+ years of public policy and/or government affairs experience, 10+ years preferred.
    • Proven experience lobbying Congressional and Executive branch leaders and the ability to conceive and execute policy campaigns
    • A strong executive and legislative background plus an extensive network across government and industry.
    • The ability to articulate complex regulatory and policy matters into easily understood language
    • A history of successful collaboration with cross-functional teams.
    • The power to drive strategic and tactical objectives, and the aptitude to shift between both on the fly.
    • The ability to work effectively in a fast paced environment.
    • Ability to handle contending priorities in a dynamic environment
    • High integrity, humility, a healthy sense of humor, and a how-can-I-help, get-it-done demeanor.
It would also be great if you have:
  • Strong familiarity with emerging technology public policy trends in the areas of cybersecurity, cybersafety, privacy, antitrust/competition and law enforcement access.
  • Experience in drafting responses to policy and legislative processes.
  • The ability to work with other industry representatives to build coalitions either through formal industry/trade associations or more informal collaboration.
  • A working understanding of dynamics within the European Union and the operation of the European Commission

More about our benefits

Whether you work in an office or a distributed team, Atlassian is highly collaborative and yes, fun! To support you at work (and play) we offer some fantastic perks: ample time off to relax and recharge, flexible working options, five paid volunteer days a year for your favourite cause, an annual allowance to support your learning & growth, unique ShipIt days, a company paid trip after five years and lots more.

More about Atlassian

Creating software that empowers everyone from small startups to the who’s who of tech is why we’re here. We build tools like Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, and Trello to help teams across the world become more nimble, creative, and aligned—collaboration is the heart of every product we dream of at Atlassian. From Amsterdam and Austin, to Sydney and San Francisco, we’re looking for people who want to write the future and who believe that we can accomplish so much more together than apart. At Atlassian, we’re committed to an environment where everyone has the autonomy and freedom to thrive, as well as the support of like-minded colleagues who are motivated by a common goal to: Unleash the potential of every team.

Additional Information

We believe that the unique contributions of all Atlassians is the driver of our success. To make sure that our products and culture continue to incorporate everyone’s perspectives and experience we never discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or marital, veteran, or disability status.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

If your experience looks a little different from what we’ve identified and you think you can rock the role, we’d love to learn more about you.

Learn more about Atlassian’s culture, interviewing flow, and hiring process by checking out our Candidate Resource Hub.

Job posted: 2022-01-08