December 8, 2010 at 2:00 am #117418
Communication Manager, Policy – Washington D.C.
This position is based in Mountain View, CA or Washington D.C.
The area: Global Communications and Public Affairs
It’s our job to help inform and educate consumers, partners and opinion formers about the benefits of Google’s products, our distinctive business ethos and approach to the big public policy issues of the day. We are looking for quick witted, entrepreneurial and intellectually curious people to join the team. To succeed here you’ll need to be able to combine creativity with the organizational skills to manage numerous different projects to tight deadlines all at once, as well as enjoy pitching to all kinds of journalists, bloggers and commentators (we find it hard too!). Things happen quickly at Google and to get stuff done here you need to be a team player — a self-starter who can work cross-functionally and isn’t frightened to take risks or try out new ways of doing things.
The role: Communication Manager, Policy
As a manager on our policy and issues communications team based either in Washington, D.C. or Mountain View, CA, you will lead communications and public affairs strategies around our issues like privacy, competition, copyright, telecom/broadband, child safety online and free expression. You will manage incoming media requests and proactive media opportunities related to public policy, regulatory or product issues; devise proactive public affairs campaigns to promote Google’s work on policy issues among journalists, commentators, and academics; develop partnerships with third party organizations and other companies; and counter misinformation and mitigate negative media coverage that might interfere with our business or ability to serve our users. The ideal candidate for this role will be a very strong written and oral communicator who can process complex policy issues and explain them in clear language internally and externally.
- Produce external communications (blog posts, statements, FAQs, videos) and reactive messaging on critical issues
- Represent Google publicly at events and serve as on-the-record spokesperson for media inquiries. Organize press briefings and events, pitch stories, and create events to advance our policy goals
- Develop and lead new public affairs programs to promote Google’s positions and work on policy issues
- Prepare Google executives for interviews and speaking opportunities
- Manage Google’s relationships and partnerships with academics, third party organizations, and issue advocates
- Bachelors degree preferred; post-graduate or professional degree a plus
- At least 8 years professional experience in fast-paced government, business, media or non-profit environment
- Experience managing crisis communications and serving as an on-the-record spokesperson on public policy or legal matters
- Demonstrated track record of creating public affairs campaigns and partnerships to achieve specific policy goals
- Ability to think, plan, and execute on multiple projects simultaneously in an organized fashion
- Demonstrated ability to work calmly and maintain good judgment in fast-paced, high-stress environments
- Ability to work with colleagues in different countries and understand cultural differences
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