Government Affairs Director

27 Jul, 2020


Government Affairs Director

Washington, DC

Policy Director, Justice Reform and Racial Equity Policy

This Policy Director will advance Microsoft’s U.S. Federal, State, and Local Government public policy initiatives in the areas of criminal justice and policing, with a focus on racial equity.  As part of Microsoft’s team of policy experts in Washington, D.C., the Policy Director will help guide the Company’s U.S. policy agenda in these areas and is responsible for the development and execution of strategies necessary to achieve related goals. In this regard, Policy Director will work with Company executives and colleagues and represent Microsoft in related discussions with policymakers, including Members of Congress and staff, Administration officials, and relevant state- and local-level officials.   The Policy Director will also serve as a representative in discussions with outside organizations and nonprofits, associations and coalitions and engage with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in Washington D.C.


The Policy Director, working across groups within Microsoft and with interested external public and private organizations, will be responsible for developing a range of strategies and executing those in the U.S., including:


  • Advancing company policy priorities on policing, diversion, prosecutorial reform, and criminal justice and racial equity through legislative proposals, administrative reforms, or programs and initiatives;
  • Communicating Microsoft’s position on the use of technology in policing and law enforcement and advocating for positions that encourage innovation but ensure important civil rights and privacy protections.
  • Leading efforts to advocate for state and federal policies aimed at protecting and promoting Microsoft’s justice reform and racial equity priorities;
  • Responding to Congressional and Administration inquiries, supervising the preparation of written testimony and white papers, working with interested associations and academics, and preparing other internal and external communications;
  • Working with internal partners to manage services from external counsel and consultants;
  • Participating as a thought leader in various industry associations, alliances and Public-Private Partnerships, and in broader policy community dialogues; and
  • Establishing and maintaining good working relationships with the government affairs and public policy representatives of other companies, both in and outside the tech industry, as needed to achieve objectives.


In executing these responsibilities, the Policy Director will report to the Managing Director, Public Policy, and will work closely with other members of the Federal Government Affairs Team, Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative team, the State Government Affairs Team, and other parts of the company.


This position will have direct and frequent contact with officials in the Washington, D.C. community, including Members of Congress and relevant Committees of Jurisdiction; Administration officials and their respective staffs; law enforcement and civil rights groups; trade association personnel; representatives of other companies; opinion leaders and academics; and Microsoft executives and employees.



  • Minimum 5-7 years of demonstrated, successful work experience in  developing legislation and public policy related to criminal justice reform
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience working on policy issues related to the criminal justice system, including policing, diversion, prosecutorial reform, law enforcement and technology, and the impact of the criminal justice system on diverse communities.
  • Experience working with civil rights, law enforcement, and criminal justice stakeholder communities and advocating for legislative and policy changes.
  • Strong project management skills and a track record of coalition-building.
  • Track record of delivering results in developing and implementing strategic programs involving policy issues.
  • Ability to represent the Company effectively in a variety of public settings.
  • Experience managing resources to drive legislative or public policy-related initiatives.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work as a team player.
  • B.S. or B.A. degree or equivalent training required. Advanced degree in public policy, law or equivalent experience/training strongly preferred.



Highly preferred:

  • Experience with the federal legislative process and administrative policy development.
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in data and technology and the impact of technology on policing and the justice system.


Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.  We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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Job posted: 2020-07-27