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Microsoft Corporation Puget Sound Local Government Affairs Manager in Redmond, Washington

The public and private sectors have a unique opportunity to work together to address the world’s most pressing challenges. As a corporate leader in Puget Sound, Microsoft is committed to making its home region a place where people want to live, work, and thrive. This is an especially critical time, where exponential growth on the east side of King County will create exciting opportunities for business, yet further strain an already limited supply of housing and transportation network. Growth also risks exacerbating issues affecting our community from homelessness to affordability. To maintain a livable and equitable community for all, Microsoft must work closely with governments and others to help achieve important economic and social goals. To that end, we are seeking a Puget Sound Local Government Affairs Manager to join our team. This role will play a critical role in working with local government leaders, for developing and achieving the company’s political, policy and relationship goals in a way that reflects the goals and values of Microsoft. This role will be responsible for representing Microsoft’s interests with Puget Sound local government leaders, business and community organizations, and other key stakeholders on a variety of issues from housing to education and transportation. This role will manage government affairs and lobbyist consultants. Specifically, this role will develop and maintain strategic relationships with local elected officials in King County, Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, and surrounding areas. They will also work directly with the U.S. Public Sector sales organization in its efforts to sell Microsoft products and solutions to government customers. This job will involve interaction with government officials and staff, senior Microsoft personnel and executives, and numerous internal and external audiences.


Strategy/Program Management

  • Tracks and monitors policy-, industry-, or geographical-related issues and executes on Microsoft strategies and/or programs related to government affairs.

  • Contributes to the formation of Microsoft’s policy agenda and/or advocacy strategies.

  • Responds to issues by prioritizing, engaging relevant parties, and escalating matters or contacting a specialist, as appropriate.

  • Manages the implementation of Microsoft's strategic initiatives by directing collaboration between company business owners, suppliers, and external influencers (e.g., government policymakers); prepares and provides materials (e.g., strategy, policy briefings, other documentation) for internal stakeholders.

Subject Matter Expertise and Influence

  • Shares and exchanges ideas with key influencers to advance Microsoft's public policy agenda.

  • Contributes to and/or implements creative solutions for advancing Microsoft policy and/or political agenda, while managing risks and consequences.

Representing Microsoft

  • Manages and coordinates internal/external events, including developing content, drafting materials, and driving social media engagement.

  • Collaborates with internal teams to ensure there is communications strategy in place.

External Relationships

  • Establishes relationships with key governmental and non-governmental stakeholders (e.g., peer and industry organizations, think tanks, academics, businesses, community leaders) implements outreach strategies, and positions these partners as advocates for Microsoft's policy, political, and business priorities.

  • Supports the execution of strategies and strategic projects that advance the Public Sector and other key business objectives by working with the government and academic partners.

Internal Collaboration

  • Leads, coordinates, and gains buy-in for intra-group and/or cross-group projects and holds others accountable by leveraging project management approaches.

  • Works with others to resolve cross-group priority conflicts and gain alignment across teams as needed to enable the achievement of shared business objectives.

  • Collaborates with internal stakeholders to understand and align objectives, priorities, and resources.


  • Embody our culture and values


Required/Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, or related field AND 2+ years’ experience in government affairs, corporate affairs, public policy, or government.

  • OR 5+ years’ experience in government affairs, corporate affairs, public policy, or government.

Additional or Preferred Qualifications

  • 3+ years’ experience in developing and managing strategic relationships to advocate and influence public/technology policy priorities. Experience in working in affordable housing and land use public policy.

  • Demonstrated results in developing and implementing strategic plans involving legislative, policy and community matters.

  • Deep understanding of land use, housing, transportation, and other pressing policy issues faced by Puget Sound governments.

  • Demonstrated experience working with developers, housing advocates, and other stakeholders to addresses the issues of growth in large scale urban development initiatives.

  • Demonstrated experience working with the business and technology community

  • Broad relationships with elected officials and organization leaders in the region, including key senior positions.

  • Demonstrated experience developing coalitions that have affected change in the region.

  • Familiarity with technology and related public policy issues.

  • Ability to engage effectively in a variety of public settings.

  • Experience managing outside resources, including lobbying firms and trade associations.

  • Ability to work as a team player.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Proven track record as an effective advocate and relationship builder.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form ( .

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