Corporate Affairs Director at Microsoft
Washington, District of Columbia | posted: January 23, 2019
The Microsoft US Government Affairs team (USGA) is seeking an experienced professional to serve as Director for external affairs and constituency outreach, based in Washington, DC. The USGA team advocates for Microsoft’s public policy position before policymakers and other stakeholders in Washington, DC and in local communities. This position reports to the Senior Director of External Affairs and is responsible for building and maintaining strong external relations with identified audiences to include think tanks, trade groups, political and policy advocacy organizations at the national and state levels and Microsoft’s technology partners.
This candidate will be responsible for the creation and management of Microsoft’s constituency relations program and will work directly with civic associations and advocacy organizations with a mission to serve underrepresented and underserved communities. These associations and organizations will include, but not be limited to, those such as the NAACP, HACU, LULAC, Unidos US, MANA, National Community for Latino Leadership, NALEO, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Asian American Civic Association and United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The candidate will be responsible for development and execution of strategic engagement plans designed to identify opportunities to work with advocacy organizations where our policy priorities are aligned.
The candidate will create strategic engagement plans to mobilize support from each targeted organization. This will include developing priority lists of organizations for outreach, initiating education efforts, identifying specific partnership opportunities, setting budgets and key metrics and monitoring progress. General responsibilities to include development of engagement plans and strategic communications, project and issue campaign management, materials development, and managing the budget.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Work with the Senior Director of External Affairs and appropriate colleagues from USGA to develop, implement and manage a national advocacy outreach program, including setting metrics to measure the effectiveness of the program
Identify opportunities to collaborate on aligned policy goals with key civic organizations serving minority and other underserved communities, directing the development of appropriate and specific outreach plans including required materials such as marketing materials, talking points and fact sheets
Organize policy forums and receptions to educate Hill and state capitol audiences, manage Hill meetings and other policymaker outreach for organizations and other citizen advocates
Represent Microsoft in public meetings, at conferences and with coalitions to build relationships with other advocacy organizations at the national and local levels
Ensure communication of plans and responsibilities to other team members, develop metrics of success and monitor performance. Identify training needs.
Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent. Advanced degrees a plus.
Work Experience:10+ years of relevant experience working with key constituencies including, Latino, African American and other underrepresented constituency groups through political organizing or NGO related work. Experience working on candidate and/or issue advocacy campaigns is required. Proven capability to comprehend and advocate on complex policy issues is required. Must have demonstrated experience managing a team, setting goals and delivering results. Familiarity with online and digital advocacy tools is preferred. Written and oral language skills in Spanish and English is preferred but not required.
Strong management, strategic planning and excellent communications skills required
Extensive experience mapping and developing effective relationships with national and local non-profit issue advocacy organizations focused primarily on engaging minority populations.
Developing and managing relationships while advocating positions with industry trade associations and think tanks.
Experience hiring, motivating and supervising outside consultants.
Significant experience and expertise in advocating on policy issues at the federal and local level which could include direct engagement with policymakers, managing communications and grassroots issue campaigns
Must possess strong writing and interpersonal skills and be comfortable with public speaking and executive engagements
Must be able to work effectively in a metric-driven, fast-paced and collaborative environment across many teams within Microsoft as well as with our external partners.
In addition to evening receptions and meetings, domestic travel is expected with consecutive overnight stays required.
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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