Public Policy and Government Affairs Manager – United States (Washington, D.C.)

Job description

A better internet is possible, one that empowers people to choose how their personal information is used. This might seem daunting, or even impossible, but at Proton, building this better internet is what we do every day. ProtonMail was founded in 2014 by a group of scientists who met at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Our first product, ProtonMail, is now the world’s largest encrypted email service. Subsequent Proton products, such as ProtonVPN, Proton Calendar, and Proton Drive, use end-to-end encryption that gives our users full control over how and with whom their data is shared.
Today, Proton is making privacy universally accessible to more than 50 million registered users, including journalists, some of the world’s largest organizations, and people in more than 180 countries. Our diverse and dynamic team is made up of more than 400 members representing over 30 different nationalities. While we are based in Geneva, Switzerland, we have offices in Zurich, Prague, London, Vilnius, Skopje, Taipei, and many more employees working remotely around the world.
New York Times journalists, some of the world’s largest corporations, and millions of ordinary citizens use our products so they can choose who, if anyone, sees their information. Join us at one of Europe’s fastest-growing companies to help us solve challenging problems and build new products that will reach hundreds of millions of people. We want to create more than just one of the world’s most impactful tech companies, we want to create a new internet that serves the interests of all people. We need you, your voice, your ideas, and your ambition to make it happen.

What you will do

  • Develop and drive Proton’s policy efforts in the U.S., with an emphasis on federal antitrust, app store rules, privacy, data retention, and encryption
  • Design and execute Proton’s American public affairs strategy, including stakeholder mapping and engagement (e.g. policymakers, regulatory authorities, industry peers, trade associations, NGOs, and journalists)
  • Spearhead local company positions, materials, and policy proposals in harmony with Proton’s broader objectives
  • Work closely with the American comms team to inject Proton’s voice into public discourse, including through media relations, op-eds, testimony, and hearings
  • Brief, advise, and prep Proton leadership on U.S. policy matters, engagement, and opportunities
  • Monitor legislative and regulatory developments and assess their impact on Proton’s business
  • Proactively and independently identify policy and political opportunities and advise accordingly
  • Work closely with legal to ensure all policymaker engagement is compliant with American law

Job requirements

  • 5+ years of experience working on policy issues within government, regulatory agencies, consultancies, or in-house, preferably with a focus on technology, security, and software issues
  • A degree in a related field (Law, Political Science, Public Policy, etc.)
  • A network of strategic relationships in the U.S.
  • An ability to drive and manage policy files and regulatory engagement
  • Good knowledge of regulatory and legislative frameworks relating to economic issues, wider policy landscape, institutions, and relevant stakeholders on federal, state, and local levels
  • Experience within tech, Internet technologies, new media, and surrounding policy environments, and building coalitions in support of policy ideas
  • Experience representing corporate interests with other external resources (e.g. consultants, trade associations, external counsel, etc.)
  • Proven experience executing public policy campaigns with limited oversight or support when given high-level objectives
  • A track record of writing and delivering position papers, articles, speeches, and presentations
  • Ability to work autonomously in a fast-paced, high-growth environment
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills

Why you should join Proton

  • Be part of a movement - Proton is not just a product or service but a community-driven movement united by a shared vision of online freedom. Our services are open source, audited, and supported by community contributions. We give back to our community by maintaining core encryption libraries and by supporting other organizations furthering the same goals as us.
  • Work with smart and dedicated people - Our team is diverse, collaborative, and tight-knit with people coming from all walks of life, including many of the world’s top academic institutions and organizations, such as MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Caltech, Cambridge, and ETH.
  • Join a strong brand - Our encrypted email service - ProtonMail - has grown to be a staple of online security and privacy. Proton has been featured in multiple popular television and film productions, such as Mr. Robot, Knives Out, Sounds of Metal, and more.
  • Grow with us - We’re one of Europe’s fastest-growing startups, doubling in size every year. Our growth gives you limitless career and educational opportunities as well as the opportunity to work side-by-side with many world-leading experts in their fields.
  • Have your voice heard - We value your opinion and encourage you to speak up and share your ideas and thoughts. At Proton, no problem is someone else’s problem. We collectively strive to do the right thing and be the undisputed best in the world at everything we do.


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