Government Affairs Director

07 Nov, 2021


Government Affairs Director

Washington, DC

This Government Affairs Director position will advance Microsoft’s U.S. Federal, State, and Local Government public policy initiatives in the areas of energy, and electricity markets.  As part of Microsoft’s team of policy experts in Washington, D.C., this individual works with others to shape the Company’s U.S. agenda in these areas and is responsible for the coordinating the development and execution of strategies necessary to achieve related goals. The Director will also work with others on related sustainability and climate issues.  They work closely with Company executives and colleagues and represent Microsoft in discussions with policymakers, including the Department of Energy (DOE), other Administration officials, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Members of Congress and staff, and relevant regional, state- and local-level officials. The Director also serves as Microsoft’s representative in issue-related industry associations and coalitions and engages with other non-governmental stakeholders.


The Government Affairs 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 them in the U.S. This includes:


Advancing company policy priorities on energy and electricity infrastructure markets, reliability and sustainability issues through legislative proposals, administrative and regulatory actions, guidance, programs, and initiatives; developing and executing strategic plans to achieve these objectives.


Reviewing and assessing and energy and sustainability policies, and initiatives and working with colleagues, analyzing the impacts for Microsoft, and developing policy positions.


Explaining complex technical information, including sustainability and electricity sector concepts, products, and services to policy- and business decision-maker audiences.


Advocating for Microsoft’s policy positions: Responding to Congressional, Administration and state-specific inquiries, preparing written testimony, regulatory comments, and white papers, working with interested associations and academics, and preparing other internal and external communications.


Participating as a thought leader in various industry associations, alliances, and partnerships.


Establishing and maintaining good working relationships with the government affairs and public policy representatives of other companies to achieve objectives.


Providing insights on key sustainability, climate change, electricity infrastructure, markets, and reliability issues in Washington DC and key states to Microsoft stakeholders across the company


Managing services from external counsel and consultants.


In executing these responsibilities, the individual will work closely with other members of U.S. Government Affairs team, including State Government Affairs, Azure Government Affairs, Microsoft external and legal affairs colleagues, and product and services groups, coordinating with and leveraging the expertise of colleagues on key issues.



Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, or related field AND 5+ years experience in government affairs, corporate affairs, public policy, or government OR 8+ years experience in government affairs, corporate affairs, public policy, or government.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading, developing and executing legislative and regulatory policy strategic plans and initiatives in a political environment.
  • Demonstrated expertise in electricity infrastructure, market and sustainability issues and regulations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum 8-10 years of demonstrated, successful work experience in relevant law and/or public policy.
  • Experience working with FERC, DOE, and the utility sector.
  • Developed relationships with relevant Committee members and staff, Agency and Administration experts and leaders, and leaders in the field.
  • Strong project management skills and a track record of coalition-building.
  • Track record of delivering results.
  • Ability to represent the Company effectively in a variety of public settings.
  • Experience managing outside resources, including consultants, on legislative or public policy-related initiatives a plus.
  • Ability to lead and motivate others and to work as a team player.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Advanced degree in public policy, law or other related field, or equivalent experience strongly preferred.


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: 2021-11-07