Redmond, WA

The Corporate, External and Legal Affairs Department (CELA) has an immediate opening for a Government Affairs Director role based in Redmond, WA.

The Government Affairs team is part of the broader Public Affairs function and is responsible for providing support, advice and counsel to the company’s global network of government affairs and policy professionals. In addition to these responsibilities, the team works with groups across Department and the broader company to develop and execute high impact policy-based campaigns that are strategically aligned to Microsoft’s mission and business objectives. We are looking for an experienced and high performing business/policy professional to join our team.


This role will require someone who has:

●Deep expertise in interpreting public policy and ability to frame responses and outreach strategies

●Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills

●The ability to drive world-wide programs and initiatives around public policy

●The aptitude to work easily and efficiently across all levels of the department

●A passion to help others achieve their goals

This is a unique opportunity for someone who has a bias for action, is creative in their thinking and committed to continuous improvement and innovation. Moreover, we are looking for someone who can help develop effective channels to optimize the in-bound and out-bound communications between the headquarters team in Redmond and the global government affairs community across the world.



The environment in which the Government Affairs team works is highly matrixed, cross-functional and collaborative and this role requires skills and capabilities to engage effectively with a variety of different internal stakeholders across a diversity of disciplines and cultures. This position will work in close collaboration with key internal partners in the CELA to achieve Microsoft’s business, policy, program and partnership objectives.


Key responsibilities include:


●Lead the reporting and feedback channels for in-bound and out-bounds communications from the field to Redmond and back.

●Coordinating with stakeholders and Public Affairs function, and the CELA department to ensure tight alignment of communications on policy initiatives and programs.

●Manage issues escalation from field government affairs professionals, including connecting the appropriate subject matter expert in Redmond.

Policy Campaign Management & Outreach:

●Lead the reporting and analytical tools that measure the impact of policy campaigns.

●Coordinating our Visitor Elite Program for the international governmental delegations visiting Redmond.   This includes curating agenda, speakers and themes for these senior delegations.


Field Empowerment:

●Creating tools and programs that drive a strong sense of community, connectedness and support across the global government affairs professional community.

●Lead the Professional Development and Training program for the government affairs field community.

●Facilitating best-practice sharing between teams that can be replicated across other teams.


The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following attributes:

●Over 10+ years of professional experience in corporate public affairs, communications or public policy.

●Proven ability and skills to conceive, analyze, develop and execute medium-to-long term strategies and campaigns to deal with complex issues of technology, policy and law, involving multiple issues and stakeholders.

●Proven experience in project management, negotiating and group facilitation skills.

●Experience in building and nurturing alliances with third-parties and key influencers would be expected.

●Exceptional written and verbal communication skills in English.

●Proven experience as an effective spokesperson but someone who also demonstrates active listening.

●Must possess a strong sense of diplomacy, empathy and necessary interpersonal skills to influence and engage in small and/or large group settings, including communications with high-level Microsoft executives and senior external stakeholders.

●Excellent organizational and project management skills, as well as a strong client service focus, business acumen and the ability to work efficiently, prioritize workflow.

●Self-directed and ability to work in a cross-group and highly matrixed organization.

●A strong record of being an effective team player, dedicated to collective successes with the ability to promote cooperation and facilitate problem resolution in a timely, creative and professional manner.

●Can navigate ambiguity, a fast-paced environment, and proven agility to adapt to rapidly changing environments and demands.

●A degree in Political Science, International Affairs, Business, Economics, or Communications. Graduate degree preferred.

●A passion for technology and the ability of technology to change the world and knowledge of the high technology industry and self-proclaimed techie is strongly preferred.


Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status, protected genetic information, political affiliation, or any other characteristics protected by local laws, regulations, or ordinances.


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Job Posted: February 13, 2017