US Federal Government Relations Manager

  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Oct 02, 2018
Full time Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

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Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 244 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom, enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.

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Job Description Summary:

PayPal is currently seeking a talented individual to help drive public policy engagement in Washington, DC for the most innovative fintech and payments company in the world. The US Federal Government Relations Manager will work closely with the Head of GR Americas to set goals and execute strategies relating to Federal public policy. The Manager will play a lead role in the implementation of agreed tactics, working in tandem with team members and external consultants. This individual will be expected to identify critical stakeholders on issues and manage effective engagement with those persons and entities. This candidate will have the ability to work with some super talented folks, materially impact our public policy strategy, and be part of a fun and collaborative team.

Job Description:

The primary focus of work shall relate to financial services and other issues impacting PayPal’s business, which include trade and barriers to commerce, tax, intellectual property, privacy and cybersecurity. Depending on the candidate’s experience and expertise, he/she will be expected to lead the Federal GR team’s work on some of these issues, liaising with business representatives to ensure alignment with business priorities and set expectations for the achievement of the GR team’s work assignments. Therefore, this individual will be expected to conduct detailed research into relevant policy issues and provide substantive policy analysis accordingly. They will also participate in trade associations and industry organizations on PayPal’s behalf.

The candidate will have the opportunity to engage in work relating to important GR tools. These include assisting with the PayPal Political Action Committee and our grassroots advocacy efforts. The Manager will also be expected to attend fundraising events.

The Manager will have opportunities to interact with executive level management at the company. Therefore, an ability to communicate complex political and government relations issues and corresponding actions is imperative. It is expected that they will need to engage in some travel for this position, primarily to the company’s offices in California and New York.

The successful candidate must have superb organizational and communication skills. This shall extend to drafting materials for and on behalf of company leaders, including but not limited to briefing materials, legislative and regulatory correspondence, and official testimony. He/she must be able to manage and prioritize multiple assignments.  This is a job for a person who takes initiative and has a can-do attitude.  A willingness to be helpful to the greater Americas GR team through constructive feedback and contributing to upwards management is critical.  This individual must be a team player who puts a premium on collaboration and working together with the current members of the Americas GR team.  Most importantly, the candidate must demonstrate an enthusiasm for the PayPal community – both internally and externally – and be a team player.

Experience

  • The successful candidate should either have an undergraduate degree and at least seven years’ experience in politics or government, ideally including at least 6 years of experience in Washington, D.C. (working on the Hill, in lobbying, in-house government relations, industry associations, the executive branch); or a postgraduate education and at least 4 years’ experience in Washington, D.C.
  • Active user and advocate of PayPal highly desired.

Skills & Competencies

The candidate will also be able to demonstrate a strong track record in the following areas:

  • Delivering smart, creative and effective strategies in government relations work.
  • Superb verbal, written and editing skills.
  • Seasoned government relations or political professional with a strong track record of success and nurturing relevant contacts.
  • Proven expertise in the areas of financial services and tech policy, legislative and/or regulatory matters.
  • Expertise in any of the following domains would be an advantage: e-commerce, trade, tax, privacy, intellectual property, antitrust, cybersecurity.
  • Proven experience building and maintaining positive and productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work with minimal direct supervision, but also have the ability to know when to seek help or support from supervisor or colleagues. 
  • Excellent collaborative problem-solving capabilities with a high level of maturity and judgment.
  • Technology savvy. Able to effectively express understanding of complex issues in a means that will engage our external audiences.
  • Able to contribute to the development of a resourceful and results-oriented teams – set clear priorities and focus on outcomes and impact rather than inputs.
  • Inspires others to achieve great results and creates an environment that enables talented people to thrive.
  • Drive sharing of best practices, improvements, ideas and feedback.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Highly qualified in successfully initiating and completing projects.  Must be skilled in driving projects to the finish line.

Personal Qualities:

  • Energized, creative, proactive and enthusiastic - willing to take initiative with confidence.
  • Professional style and manner – gravitas, authority, credibility.
  • A team player with a strong sense of humor, who thrives in a collaborative setting.
  • Ability to thrive in and enjoy a fast-paced environment.
  • Talent for careful time management and excellent attention to detail.
  • Resilient, with the ability to work to deadlines and maintain high levels of professionalism under pressure.
  • Comfortable with some travel.

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