Sr. Dir./Counsel, Global Privacy and Data Policy

22 May, 2020


Sr. Dir./Counsel, Global Privacy and Data Policy

Washington, DC/Redmond, WA/San Francisco, CA

Microsoft is seeking an experienced public policy professional and people manager to lead its Global Privacy and Data Policy team, likely reporting directly to the Chief Privacy Officer, Corporate Vice President for Privacy and Regulatory Affairs.  In this role, the incumbent will lead a growing team of policy experts driving Microsoft’s voice on laws, policies, and regulations around the world that involve privacy and data-related policy issues.  The ideal candidate will have expertise in privacy and other technology policy disciplines, an ability to grapple with complex policy questions that have societal impact, and a good understanding of how to lead a high-performing team in internal and external conversations with company executives, policy makers and regulators.  Prior experience in a government agency, technology company, or advocacy group would be beneficial.


The incumbent will serve as one of the primary subject matter experts for Microsoft’s global community of privacy policy experts, and as an important internal and external voice for Microsoft on privacy and data policy issues.  Success in the role would require effective collaboration with executives, attorneys, engineers, communications specialists, and others to effectively communicate to internal stakeholders about key privacy policy developments and the overall external environment governing data use, and to develop Microsoft’s external policy positions that align Microsoft’s corporate strategies to the external environment.  Likewise, the incumbent would be expected to manage and support critical relationships with key external stakeholders, including trade associations, advocacy groups, and academics.


It is preferred that the incumbent be based in Redmond, Washington.  Alternative locations under consideration are Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley, CA.



  • Strategic Positioning:  In close partnership with the Corporate Vice President for Privacy and Regulatory Affairs, develop Microsoft’s positions on privacy and data policy matters affecting our business, our customers, and the technology sector, and implement supporting advocacy strategies.
  • Insightful Thought Leadership:  Communicate to Microsoft leaders about privacy and data policy trends and their implications for Microsoft’s business; and provide similar insights to customers and other stakeholders.
  • Substantive Advocacy:  Serve as one of Microsoft’s primary advocates on privacy and data policy issues, including the evolution of privacy and data protection law, the policy infrastructure underlying global data flows, and the policy implications of data’s central role in digital transformation.
  • Global Engagement:  Engage with regulators, policymakers and other key stakeholders in the United States and around the world, to develop and advance Microsoft’s privacy policies, and speak at public events and meetings with public and private sector leaders, often in close partnership with the Chief Privacy Officer and other Microsoft executives.
  • Team Management:  Set and drive strategy for a distributed team of experienced policy professionals and provide focused and empathetic leadership as a people manager.



  • Experience:  At least 10 years of relevant experience that includes the development and execution of public policy strategies to address complex and rapidly evolving issues at the intersection of technology, law, ethics, and society.  Advanced degree(s) in a relevant discipline, ideally law or public policy, is required.
  • Communication Skills: Highly developed written and oral communication skills. Proven experience in written communications is essential, with demonstrated experience in proactively advancing positions through high impact written communications and personal engagement in small and/or large group settings.  Experience as an external presenter is also desirable.
  • Stakeholder Engagement:  A proven track record of being able to engage and influence a variety of stakeholders, both within a company and externally.  A key attribute will be the ability to work across multiple disciplines and cultures, since the privacy and data policy domains necessarily requires engagement with government agencies, technology companies, advocacy groups, and other relevant stakeholders around the globe.
  • Collaborative: A strong record of being an effective team player dedicated to collective successes.  The ability to promote cooperation and solve problems in a timely, creative, and professional manner.
  • Agility: The ability to navigate ambiguity and adapt to rapidly changing environments and demands.
  • Growth Mindset: A strong record of experimentation, learning from both successes and failures.
  • Company Values:  A demonstrated commitment to the company’s core values, including a commitment to high ethical standards, unquestioned integrity, and a commitment to advancing the company’s diversity and inclusion commitments.

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: 2020-05-22