2019-03-12 Waymo
Lead, State Public Policy and Government Affairs - West, Waymo
Mountain View, California, United States

Waymo is the self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around. Building on software and sensor technology developed at Google, Waymo is now launching the world’s first fully self-driving transportation service that will take members of the public from A to B at the touch of a button.

The Waymo Policy and Government Affairs team has a front seat in this exciting moment in the evolution of autonomous vehicle, transportation and tech policy. Successful navigation of the policy landscape is critically important to deploying and scaling our business. Our team works directly with policymakers and third party groups at the national, state and local levels to help advance transportation policy, educate on the safety benefits of the technology, and advance consumer awareness and acceptance. Internally, our efforts support the innovative work of engineering, product, strategy, and partnerships teams, and we work closely with highly-skilled legal and safety experts.

Waymo is looking for a Western State Policy Lead. Reporting to Waymo's Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs, you will work broadly across the business to develop, advise on, and execute Waymo's state public policy strategy, advocacy and outreach. You have the experience and leadership to communicate the benefits of our groundbreaking technology across the U.S. and to persuade others to join the effort.

In this role, you’ll:

  • Craft Waymo’s state policy strategy, focused on ensuring that state policymakers are aware of the benefits of the technology and are creating appropriate policy frameworks to help foster the innovation
  • Monitor and analyze state and local policy issues relevant to self-driving technology as they arise, and develop our policy positions on such issues
  • Develop and implement strategies to communicate policy positions to key constituencies across the U.S, including advocating and lobbying before state legislatures and agencies of Western states, and assisting with local city council and mayoral advocacy, on behalf of the Waymo team
  • Work with trade associations, industry partners, non-profit groups, and other allies to promote and build support for Google self driving-cars policy positions at a state and local level
  • Hire and manage state policy lobbyists as necessary in key locations across the U.S

At a minimum we’d like you to have:

  • BA/BS degree in law or public policy or equivalent practical experience
  • 8 years of policy experience working on either issues relating to advanced technologies
  • Direct experience working with or in state government (e.g. state legislature or governor’s office)
  • Ability to travel to manage western state legislative demands

It’s preferred if you have:

  • Experience with transportation policy
  • Experience advancing legislation and regulation necessary for the success of breakthrough technology
  • Experience leading and collaborating with an ability to build and maintain productive internal and external relationships
  • Ability to integrate public policy with business strategy
At Waymo, we don’t just accept difference - we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.
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