External Relations Leader, IBM Policy Lab

21 Aug, 2021


External Relations Leader, IBM Policy Lab

Washington, DC

At IBM, work is more than a job – it’s a calling: To build. To design. To code. To consult. To think along with clients and sell. To make markets. To invent. To collaborate. Not just to do something better, but to attempt things you’ve never thought possible. Are you ready to lead in this new era of technology and solve some of the world’s most challenging problems? If so, lets talk.

Your Role and Responsibilities
Are you excited by the intersection of thought leadership, technology and public policy? Do you thrive on breaking through noisy public debate to shape conversations that truly matter for business and society? If so, there’s an exciting opportunity for you to be the lead communicator charged with growing the stature, eminence and reach of the IBM Policy Lab – a unique initiative within IBM to spark conversations on critical public policy priorities.

The Policy Lab looks beyond the policy and political debates of right now to focus on issues that must be addressed over the next year, five years or longer to ensure that technology’s impact on society is fair, responsible and widely beneficial.

As the IBM Policy Lab’s Communications Leader, you will:

  • Partner with the Lab’s co-directors to identify emerging, nascent or overlooked yet highly-relevant policy topics to address via Policy Lab thought leadership, engage with other IBMers and outside subject matter experts to develop original points of view, and serve as the Lab’s managing editor – tracking and prioritizing the development of Lab policy perspectives.
  • Build and execute – in partnership with IBM communications colleagues and outside agency support teams – well-constructed communications initiatives to launch and amplify the reach of IBM Policy Lab points of view, with heavy emphasis on influencer activation, targeted social visibility, earned media, and ongoing external positioning of Policy Lab experts and contributors.
  • Pursue opportunities with IBM Communications and Government and Regulatory Affairs teams outside the United States to customize and translate Policy Lab points of view for dissemination in key countries and regions.
  • Serve as a primary liaison between the IBM Policy Lab and key outside policy influencers, including think tanks, associations and academics, and explore opportunities to partner with such groups on specific topics or initiatives that can boost the reach, impact and relevance of the Lab’s work.
  • Lead regular meetings of the Lab’s Editorial Board, working with senior IBM public policy experts to adapt Policy Lab thought leadership planning based on near-term shifts in the policy and political landscape, and to align the Lab’s efforts with major events, moments and announcements taking place elsewhere across IBM’s global footprint.
  • Prepare and work with senior IBM executives involved in the development and launch of new IBM Policy Lab points of view.
  • Routinely build, including with creative and agency support, a spectrum of written and visual assets – from fact sheets and talking points to OpEds, infographics, social posts, Dear Colleague letters, executive speeches and more – to complement IBM Policy Lab points of view and make key takeaways and recommendations compelling and accessible for a mass audience.
  • Partner with Policy Communications and Government and Regulatory Affairs colleagues to deploy communications support for policy priorities that occasionally fall outside of the Policy Lab’s remit, with IBM’s leadership on global trade policy as a notable example.

Since it’s high-profile launch at the 2020 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the IBM Policy Lab has taken on the scourge of harmful and illegal online content, the regulation of facial recognition, and the impact of quantum computing on encryption.

What important policy discussion will you help us tackle next?

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • 8+ years of experience in public relations, public affairs or corporate communications
  • World-class writing and verbal communication skills
  • Strong record of media relations experience and successfully contributing to the coverage agenda of tier one news organizations
  • Strong project management skills and experience working cross-functionally with teams across an organization to prioritize and execute parallel projects.
  • Ability to think fast, innovate on the fly, rally and lead diverse teams around a shared objective, and seamlessly drive progress on multiple projects with overlapping deadlines and priorities.

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Digital experience preferred, including managing social media profiles and websites
  • Highly collaborative – must be willing to seek and share expertise
  • Team player – someone equally willing to ask for help, delegate assignments or roll up their sleeves to get the job done
  • Previous experience in public policy or political advocacy

Learn more here

Job posted: 2021-08-21