External Affairs Manager, Government Affairs and Public Policy

04 Oct, 2021


External Affairs Manager, Government Affairs and Public Policy

Washington, DC

Minimum qualifications:

  •  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience.
  • 10 years of experience working on public policy issues within government, think tanks, public interest groups or relevant industry associations.
  • Experience influencing and working with a variety of stakeholders, and executing strategies.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience as a leader and collaborator with effective analytical and communications skills.
  • Experience with Internet and technology policy.
  • Ability to integrate public policy with business strategy and corporate development.
  • Ability to identify relationship opportunities and operate in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in a rapidly changing and sometimes stressful environment.

About the job

As a member of Google’s Government Affairs and Public Policy team, you’ll be part of a diverse global government affairs team, working across regions, product areas, and functions. You’ll combine creativity and intellectual excellence with the organizational skills to manage various campaigns, projects and initiatives. In this role, you’ll advocate for Google to bring external perspectives back into the company to inform our perception and direction. You’re passionate about the opportunity to shape the future of how we use and build technology for everyone.

As the Manager of External Affairs on the Government Affairs and Public Policy team, you will design and lead Google’s engagement with external organizations in support of Google’s public policy agenda. In this role, you will be part organizer, part advocate, and part policy as you represent Google in the world of third-party organizations. You will prioritize and develop strategy for Google outreach while coordinating across several internal teams seeking to engage with external audiences. You will find common ground and build trusted relationships with key opinion formers including non-governmental advocacy organizations, policy institutes, industry associations and players, and policy influencers, sharing information and answering questions about Google’s products, policy priorities, and positive economic and cultural impact.

You will work closely with other members of the Government Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) team to ensure a coordinated approach to these stakeholders.

Google Client Services, an entity within the Government Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) team, manages the company’s engagement with executive branch officials, legislators, regulators and third-parties in the formation of public policy in the United States. Working closely with Google leaders, GAPP seeks to identify key policy issues, listen carefully to others’ views and opinions, and distill and share the company’s perspectives with external stakeholders. While we focus on challenges affecting the Internet, our issue areas are increasingly broad and encompass areas where public policy, business, and technology intersect.


  • Serve as a representative of Google before external stakeholders (e.g., non-governmental advocacy organizations, think tanks, industry associations and players, and policy influencers).
  • Engage directly with key opinion formers across the full range of policy areas that impact Google and our users (e.g., technology innovation, free expression, privacy, security, and intellectual property).
  • Collaborate with the broader Government Affairs and Public Policy team, product, and partnerships teams to design and execute outreach strategies and ensure an informed and coordinated approach to external stakeholders.
  • Develop and lead meetings, events, convenings and product-focused initiatives to help external organizations better understand Google’s products, services, and public policy priorities.
  • Meet regularly and track areas of mutual alignment with external organizations.

Google is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. See also Google’s EEO Policy and EEO is the Law. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know by completing our Accommodations for Applicants form.

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Job posted: 2021-10-04