Public Policy Manager

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04 Mar 2018

IEEE Technology Centre, GmbH is a catalyst for exciting breakthroughs in computing, sustainable energy systems, aerospace, communications, robotics, healthcare, and many other disciplines that improve the quality of life. Discover your future as part of the IEEE team. Consider the following opportunity:

Public Policy Manager

Vienna, Austria

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Job Summary: 

The successful applicant will support and promote the IEEE European Public Policy Program (EPPP) and its efforts to expand the dialogue between the European engineering community and European public authorities to enable technologists to more easily share their expertise and concerns and to enable European Union (EU) institutions and other policy stakeholders to more easily exchange information with technologists on public policy matters relating to IEEE’s fields of interest.  The position serves to further IEEE’s global policy goal of advancing technology through dialogue with policy makers in order to serve humanity.  The position also ensures that the public policy views and interests of IEEE’s European members are represented.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and consolidate IEEE’s position as a key contributor to key technology-related policy discussions in Europe
  • Further raise IEEE’s profile and maximise its impact by engaging with key EU decision-makers and stakeholders
  • Working with IEEE- EPPP leadership to establish a strategy to advance its mission and achieve its public policy objectives.
  • Working with IEEE- EPPP and its European constituents to develop a prioritized EU public policy agenda.
  • Working with IEEE- EPPP leadership to develop and implement an annual plan(s) designed to advance EPPP’s mission, strategy and policy agenda.
  • Working with IEEE- EPPP leadership to develop and apply appropriate benchmarks and metrics to measure the effectiveness and impact of IEEE- EPPP’s activities.
  • Providing operational, logistical, editorial, and content support to IEEE- EPPP working groups as assigned. 
  • Monitoring EU legislative and regulatory developments within EPPP's scope of interest and providing advice and recommendations to IEEE- EPPP leadership on appropriate responses to emerging policy challenges
  • Working proactively with IEEE- EPPP volunteers to deliver timely and accurate information and policy advice to EU policy-makers on issues within the technical and geographic scope of IEEE- EPPP.
  • Informing, engaging, and educating IEEE European members on the work of IEEE-EPPP and on public policy issues and processes generally, including opportunities for direct member engagement.
  • Creating innovative programs, events and approaches to enhance effective outreach to policy-makers.
  • Developing and maintaining effective collaborations and coalitions with like-minded organizations to advance shared public policy goals.
  • Managing and accurately forecasting the IEEE-EPPP budget and working group account(s) and providing input on requirements to the annual budget development process.
  • Monitoring and advising IEEE management of emerging EU legislation or regulations that would affect IEEE interests.
  • Coordinating closely with IEEE’s Office of Compliance and IEEE’s Global Public Policy Committee to ensure that IEEE-EPPP is operating in compliance with EU and national laws or regulations governing public policy activity. 


Education and Experience

  • A university degree is required, preferably in political science, government, public administration, or other discipline relevant to this position.  An engineering/computing degree and/or advanced degree in equivalent fields is a plus.
  • Four years of relevant government relations experience in positions of increasing responsibility and scope, with strong preference for technology policy-related experience.  Experience should include interaction with politicians and government officials including those at senior levels
  • Project management certification and experience with a non-profit, professional, or volunteer-based non-governmental organization is a plus 

Skills and Other Requirements

  • Incumbent should possess a strong belief in the importance of technology to society and how the ethical and sustainable uses of technology can advance humanity.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of EU, its institutions and their regulatory and legislative processes, national level experience a further advantage
  • Fluent English essential – fluency in one or more additional EU languages (e.g. French, German, Spanish) is highly desirable.
  • Strong communications and presentation skills, including ability to make effective presentations to small and large audiences, to government officials, media representatives, membership groups, and to fellow staff.   Must be capable of translating effectively between the specialist languages of technology and policy
  • Demonstrated skill in writing reports, correspondence, speeches, position statements, media talking points, and testimony to be given before governmental/regulatory bodies.
  • Capable of reading and applying information from regulatory/legislative sources, and from IEEE collateral and technical materials.
  • Able to regularly interact with EU legislators, officials and staff, as well as other national policy-makers, public agency officials, industrial and academic leaders, and the media.
  • Technically literate knowledge worker who is familiar with standard business tools including Microsoft Office Suite products (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), MS Project, and Oracle Financials.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high performing and diverse volunteer and staff teams 
  • Basic meeting and event planning skills and experience is a plus.
  • Will be based in IEEE Vienna Office, and must be willing to travel to Brussels and other meeting locations and for IEEE business purposes.
  • Special projects as assigned by supervisor

Join us in an environment where people look forward to coming to work! IEEE offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits, including medical, dental, 401(k) plan with company match, a defined contribution retirement plan, a tuition reimbursement program, flexible spending accounts, company paid life insurance, and a business casual dress code.

Please apply online by going to this URL:

Only those resumes that go through the URL from the web address will be considered. NO THIRD PARTIES PLEASE.

For information on work demands and conditions required for this position, please consult the reference document, “Physical, Mental, and Work Environment Standards for IEEE Positions.”  This position is classified under [Category I—Office Position].

IEEE is an EEO/AAP Employer/Protected Veteran/Disabled

Disclaimer:  This job description outlines the general nature and key features performed by various positions that share the same job classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and qualifications required of all employees assigned to the job.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or re-assign duties to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodations or other business reasons.

The IEEE is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V.

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