Senior Counsel, Global Policy

13 Oct, 2021


Senior Counsel, Global Policy

Entertainment Software Association
Washington, DC

Reporting to the Senior Vice President and General Counsel, the Senior Counsel of Global Policy shapes the association’s vision and strategy to promote and protect the innovative and creative video game industry in the global marketplace. As a member of the ESA Legal Department, the Senior Counsel identifies and analyzes relevant international trade and global policy developments that impact ESA members and leads advocacy efforts to advance relevant legislative and regulatory priorities before the U.S. and foreign governments and multilateral organizations. The Senior Counsel coordinates across ESA’s legal team members who are responsible for specific policy areas, ESA’s Intellectual Property (IP) Protection and Security, government affairs and communications teams and, in some instances, ESA’s global trade association partners, to ensure alignment on policy priorities, advocacy, and messaging.


  • Identify, monitor, and analyze international trade legislation, regulations, proposals, and negotiations, including in the areas of IP protection and enforcement, digital trade, privacy, and regulatory barriers to market access and other relevant global policy developments (which could include digital health, tax, content regulation, among other issues) that present opportunities or challenges to promoting the growth of the video game industry in key markets.
    Advise ESA and its members on U.S. trade laws and related proposals, including in the areas of export controls, investment, and customs that are relevant to the video game industry.
    Prepare appropriate briefing material for and communications to ESA staff, members, and policy makers on these developments.
  • Research, prepare, or review trade-related legal and regulatory filings, negotiating text, legislation, regulations, testimony, position papers, and correspondence.
    Drive the development of ESA’s global policy, trade, and market access-related priorities and related strategies; facilitate the development of consensus positions among ESA members, and, where relevant, among global trade association partners, on specific issues.
  • Collaborate with ESA’s legal team members responsible for specific policy areas and ESA’s IP Protection and Security, government affairs, and communications teams to ensure alignment on international trade and global policy priorities, advocacy, and messaging.
  • Manage outside counsel and consultants in areas of responsibility.
  • Represent ESA in international trade and IP-related coalitions and associations; coordinate with like-minded groups on regulatory filings and legislative and regulatory policy advocacy.
  • Represent ESA in meetings related to international trade and other global policy areas in key markets with U.S. governmental entities and foreign governments and multilateral organizations.
  • Partner with ESA’s Government Affairs team on legislative advocacy involving trade-related legislation and other global policy priorities.
  • Prepare relevant issue updates for ESA newsletters, website updates, periodic reports, board and committee materials, and budget materials.

Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to speak to small and mid-sized audiences
  • Strong consensus-building, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to network with government and other external contacts
  • Ability to communicate complex legal and policy issues and craft concise written messaging for a variety of audiences, including ESA staff, member companies, and industry and government stakeholders
  • Ability to travel occasionally

Required Education and Experience

  • Law degree from an ABA accredited institution
  • Minimum of seven years of relevant experience working on global policy, international trade, and/or market access issues
  • Combination of private practice, in-house, government, and/or trade association experience
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel

Preferred Experience

  • Familiarity with intellectual property protection and enforcement, digital trade, international privacy regimes, and/or technical barriers to trade
  • Knowledge of the video game industry

How To Apply

If you’re passionate about protecting the video game industry and believe you meet the requirements, please submit a resume:

Additional inquiries and questions can be emailed to Beth Cessna at or contact 202-232-1765.

About The Entertainment Software Association (ESA)

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) serves as the voice and advocate for the U.S. video game industry. Its members are the innovators, creators, publishers, and business leaders that are reimagining entertainment and transforming how we interact, learn, connect, and play. The ESA works to expand and protect the dynamic marketplace for video games through innovative and engaging initiatives that showcase the positive impact of video games on people, culture, and the economy. For more information, visit the ESA’s website or follow the ESA on Twitter @theESA.

With offices located in Washington, DC, near the Gallery Place/Chinatown and Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center Metro stations, ESA offers competitive salaries and bonuses, generous benefits, and a commitment to work/life balance. Remote work with voluntary office access during COVID quarantine.

The ESA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

Job posted: 2021-10-13