Public Policy Advisor

12 May, 2020


Public Policy Advisor

Washington, DC

Who We Are

Nuro is a robotics start-up whose mission is to accelerate the benefits of robotics for everyday life. We have an elite team of entrepreneurs and engineers, designers, and scientists. We believe AI and robotics are at the cusp of transforming daily life and we are dedicated to building meaningful products with this technology. Join us and play a critical role in our mission.

About the Role

Policy is central to our vision of accelerating the benefits of robotics for everyday life, and Nuro’s Public Policy team works to build and preserve public trust in our technology. As a Public Policy Advisor, you will be responsible for developing Nuro’s position on key issues related to robotics, machine learning, vehicle manufacturing, autonomous vehicle technology and operations, goods delivery, privacy, data, liability and insurance, and consumer protection. You’ll help shape the company’s own policies and products to promote public trust, research the current regulatory landscape, assess legislative and regulatory proposals, and build the evidence and arguments that show how Nuro’s technology advances the public interest. You’ll work closely with product managers, engineers, lawyers, strategists, partnership managers, and communications and community engagement professionals. This role combines policy development with tailored messaging. This role requires self-direction; understanding of the federal, state, and local policy process; excellent writing skills; impeccable attention to detail and follow-through; and an abiding commitment to be part of a congenial team of innovators. This role is located in Washington DC.

About the Work

  • Deliver authoritative analysis on fast-changing policy matters – Expect to become an expert; you will immerse yourself in the policies, regulations, issues, and stakeholder viewpoints that shape the world of autonomous delivery, building Nuro’s understanding of issues and recommending positions and strategies. This will require research, analysis, and writing on the current state of law and regulation, as well as evaluating and tracking legislation, regulation, and proposed standards. This work will support the advocacy of federal, state, and local policy leads; analysis of regulatory counsel; and product development approach of the engineering and product teams.
  • Identify and lead the pursuit of long-term policy opportunities – Expect your work to take you well beyond transportation policy; you will be responsible for identifying, advocating for, and pursuing long-term strategic opportunities to accelerate the company’s work and contribute to the bottom line. This will include the development of research or other policy assets that could be used externally, including writing policy briefs, letters, and reports.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally – Expect to work with a variety of teams, not just policy wonks. You will collaborate and even embed in decision-making projects with cross-functional teams, including technical teams to ensure that our products and services are fully informed by the best possible understanding of current and future public policy. There will likely be opportunities for engaging external stakeholders, but government relations is not a primary responsibility

About You

  • You’re an energetic, early-to-mid-career over-performer – Whether in graduate school or your career thus far, you have a demonstrated record of dedication and accomplishment. Now, you’re eager to dive head-first into the world of technology and are passionate about ensuring that one of the world’s most significant transformations of commerce and transportation benefits everyone
  • You’re detail-oriented, resourceful, and tenacious – You’re comfortable working in a team, but never one to declare defeat or wait for the next instruction to make progress. When thorny problems come your way, you either know the answer or know where to begin looking — and don’t stop until you find it
  • You’re a fast and precise writer – You are comfortable taking the first pen on documents in a range of contexts; able to tailor your writing to audiences; and quickly produce written product that is polished and ready for public, government, or other external consumption
  • You have a strong foundation to build policy expertise – Whether through your degree or work in the space, you have some knowledge of and experience in government and public policy at the local, state, or Federal level. Encyclopedic knowledge of transportation law and policy is not a prerequisite, but you’re a quick study and are comfortable analyzing bills, regulations, public comments, and white papers
  • You thrive in fast-paced environments, expertly juggling multiple tasks – From weeks-long efforts to develop original data to assessing legislation on a moment’s notice, you’re excited about serving as a utility player in a fast-paced startup
  • You do your best work engaging with diverse, collaborative teams – You see policy work as an integral and integrated part of the company’s mission, pro-actively engaging and providing input to teams spanning engineering, legal, public relations, and business
  • You’re a team player – You share the Policy team’s abiding commitment to be part of a congenial team of innovators
  • You care deeply about impact – You are passionate that your work will have a significant impact on the lives of millions of people, and recognize the responsibility that comes with it

Bonus Points

  • Experience with the sector or technology startups – Experience at a fast-growing organization in the technology or transportation space, and/or have an engineering background that helps you translate between the worlds of technology and public policy
  • A graduate degree in law, public policy, or government – While no one degree is required for a role like this, an advanced degree, particularly if you had relevant coursework or research on transportation or autonomy, would be useful

Nuro is an equal opportunity employer and expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

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Job posted: 2020-05-12