Vice President & Head of Public Sector Policy and Engagement

11 Apr, 2019


Vice President & Head of Public Sector Policy and Engagement

Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)
Washington, DC

The Vice President & Head of Public Sector Policy and Engagement will be the chief strategist for ITI’s efforts to advance ITI member company interests with respect to the government and public sector market. S/he will be responsible for developing a productive climate of private sector engagement with government customers by providing thought leadership relating to policy initiatives impacting federal procurement, government acquisition of cybersecurity and other innovative products and services, and supply chain issues affecting the public sector market.

S/he will provide leadership generally on public sector issues, oversee the development and execution of an industry wide public/private sector engagement strategy, and coordinate the release of timely and relevant analysis on public sector policy and commercial issues. The Vice President will serve as the industry’s chief public sector ambassador and develop positive relationships within the broader government contracting community.

This position will report to ITI’s Executive Vice President and work closely with professionals throughout the organization.

Key Responsibilities

  • The Vice President & Head of Public Sector Policy and Engagement will be the technology industry’s lead advocate on creating strong partnerships within the private and public sector IT procurement arena.
  • The Vice President will oversee business development and customer engagement activities for the organization’s public sector work, including hosting events and meetings that drive the policy agenda and commercial goals of the membership.
  • Serve as thought leader, subject matter expert, and lead advocate on federal and state legislative, regulatory, and other policy matters in the public sector pillar of ITI’s work.
  • Coordinate regularly with ITI member companies to articulate an overall strategic approach to ITI’s public sector priorities and execute specific actions in furtherance of that approach.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key public sector executives in the U.S. government and oversee staff relationship management in their respective policy portfolios.
  • Lead efforts among industry associations and represent ITI and its member companies in public settings to advance ITI’s public sector policy priorities.
  • Coordinate, organize, and lead the federal and state public sector executive councils, including the planning and executive of biannual meetings.
  • Lead and organize ITI staff members to deliver on public sector priorities around federal procurement, acquisition, cybersecurity, and other relevant matters.
  • Work closely across ITI teams to build and deploy Congressional and Executive Branch support for ITI’s public sector priorities.
  • Review and analyze bills introduced in Congress, as well as regulatory proposals, that could impact federal technology contractors.
  • Cover and understand topics related to federal procurement, cyber acquisition, supply chain, and software assurance, among others.

Preferred Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will have at least 15 years in a federal public sector role, preferably with a technology or aerospace/defense company. Preference will be given to candidates with prior acquisition experience at the federal level.
  • S/he should have a sophisticated understanding of the federal government procurement process, a deep network of federal procurement-related contacts, and the ability to manage and prioritize several complex legislative and/or regulatory issues simultaneously in multiple jurisdictions in order to successfully advance ITI business interests in the ever changing political and public arenas.
  • An ability to advise the ITI membership on the complex state and local government marketplace.
  • High emotional intelligence, strong interpersonal skills, excellent verbal and written communication abilities, capabilities for thinking strategically and creatively, instincts for being a team player and working to build consensus, and a sense of humor.
  • An ability to work with ITI member companies, both collectively and individually, to drive policy consensus and effectively represent the tech sector.
  • The ability to understand and analyze complex issues across various public sector policy areas.
  • Strong written communication abilities to articulate ITI member company views in official correspondence, including letters, blogs, and agency comments.

Educational credentials

  • A law degree or other advanced degree in international relations, public policy, business and finance, economics, or a related field is preferred.

Interested candidates should contact (and send a resume to) Conrad Woody.

Job posted: 2019-04-11