The newly created position of Vice President, Government Affairs (Americas) will have primary responsibility for policy development and advocacy before the U.S., Latin America, and Canadian governments. This position will oversee all levels of government affairs activities for both legislative and regulatory issues.
He/she must have extensive leadership and political experience as well as the ability to successfully organize and execute ICANN's policy, political and business objectives at the federal and international levels.
The successful candidate will lead the design and execution of government affairs strategies to advise and educate Members of Congress, Congressional staffers, key policy makers, and federal regulatory officials about ICANN.
The Vice President will be required to develop and implement an aggressive strategic plan for successfully achieving specific legislative and policy results that are favorable to ICANN. The successful candidate must possess significant political acumen and have established bi-partisan contact with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, agency legislative affairs offices, and have contacts in the Administration specifically in the Department of Commerce and at The White House. He/She must have a proven ability to build strong internal working relationships while serving as an advocate for Government Affairs and supporting ICANN's business objectives.
The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of telecommunications, technology, and internet policy. A keen familiarity with intellectual property and intelligence issues is also highly desirable. Moreover, the Vice President, Government Affairs will be charged with preserving and enhancing ICANN's critically important relationships on Capitol Hill, with federal agencies, as well as with relevant trade associations and top policy makers.
Specific Responsibilities include:
• Serving as head of government affairs responsible for the direction and supervision of the organization's government affairs staff, and outside vendors/contractors.
• Ensuring that activities are in full compliance with applicable laws, and adhering to the highest ethical standards.
• Identifying public policy issues, opportunities and challenges of interest and concern to ICANN and developing programs and actions in response to those issues.
• Providing sensible counsel to senior management on the impact of North American government policies, laws, and regulations.
• The ability to research and identify political operational risks and reputational risks to the organization arising from federal political discourse and policy changes.
• Advise management on any legislative and regulatory policy changes requiring management action to implement new organization-wide policies.
• Serving as the main spokesperson for ICANN government affairs activities.
• Providing significant organizational brand visibility with key government decision makers in Washington, DC. This includes the responsibility for assuring effective government affairs communications with key politicians, regulators, federal agencies, trade associations and other influential individuals and groups in order to listen to their concerns about ICANN and to provide them with timely and effective, credible communications on policy issues and legislation.
• Acting as a visionary who can formulate and communicate the public policy and government affairs direction of the organization, set strategy and manage the government affairs division's continued evolution and growth. Must have the ability to translate the overall vision into practical plans that promote the organization's objectives through compelling advocacy and consensus building in government affairs.
• The ability to persuasively communicate complex concepts and programs at the highest levels of government and business.
• A proven ability to work comfortably and effectively with top-level government officials along the entire political spectrum.
• Executive presence, a dynamic professional style and the ability to inspire confidence in senior managers within the organization and with external constituencies.
• Providing leadership and mentoring to one professional staff member, as well as overseeing the administrative management of the department; i.e. staffing, budgeting and office operations. Developing an annual budget, review/approve expenses.