Government Affairs Manager at Rover

| Seattle
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Who we are: connects pet parents with the world’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers. On Rover, pet parents can easily discover, book, and manage personalized care for their dogs including pet sitting, dog walking, and doggy day care. Founded in 2011 on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the unconditional love of a dog, Rover improves and simplifies life for pet parents and the dogs they love.
Our global headquarters are in Seattle, Washington in the United States, working closely with our teams in Spokane, Berlin, London, and Barcelona. We have a track record of being recognized as a great place to work, having been named among Seattle's 'Best Places to Work' in Seattle Business Magazine and the Puget Sound Business Journal for three years running. We're an agile, fast-growing company, and our leadership comes from some of the world's most respected tech companies. Our pioneering approach to people and pups alike landed us on the list of GeekWire’s Next Tech Titan in 2019 and the World's Most Innovative Companies in 2018 by Fast Company. Needless to say (but we're going to say it anyway)—we love dogs, and we wouldn't dream of going to work without them by our sides.
Whom we’re looking for:
Rover is seeking a Government Affairs Manager to join its Government Affairs team. As Government Affairs Manager, you’ll be a critical part of a small team that is shaping legislation, regulation, and relationships with key stakeholders, in the U.S. and internationally. Your work will involve conceptualizing and implementing tactics to advance the team’s public policy agenda. 
In this role, you will report to the team’s Director. You’ll work closely with in-house attorneys, as well as marketing teams, public relations (PR) staff, data teams, and operations teams. This role also involves direct outreach to individual pet caretakers or pet owners who use the Rover website/app (to understand their experiences or identify advocates). In addition, you will work with external vendors and consultants.
To succeed in this role, you need strong written and in-person communication skills, with the ability to shape data or complicated policy considerations into compelling, persuasive messaging for lay audiences as well as experts. You must demonstrate interpersonal skill and collaboration. You need to be able to facilitate cross-departmental, time-sensitive projects and information-sharing across teams. You have to be analytical and accurate in your work, with excellent research skills and the capacity to comprehend and analyze complex information. Even when you are completing projects requiring detail, analysis, precision, creativity, and teamwork, you must be deadline-oriented, results-oriented, and efficient. You have to be comfortable working fast and quickly shifting gears when the team’s priorities change.
Preferred experience includes government relations experience; work at an e-commerce company or fast-paced government sector role; experience collaborating with PR or marketing teams; or experience carrying out legal/regulatory research and analysis.
This role may require travel within the US and internationally.

Your responsibilities:

  • Envision and execute tactics (such as communication plans and partnerships) to advance the team’s objectives.
  • For example:
  • Develop and carry out digital grassroots campaigns in collaboration with other company staff and vendors.
  • When useful to advance the team’s objectives, partner with PR staff in conceptualizing and implementing earned media strategies or creatively addressing other PR issues/opportunities.
  • Identify and directly reach out to individual users of the Rover website/app to understand their needs and identify advocates.
  • Identify organizations as potential partners/advocates, and facilitate relationships with those organizations and individuals.
  • Research stakeholders, socioeconomic issues, laws, data (such as company data), and the experiences of people using the website/app. Escalate issues to the Director as needed. Apply this information to create leave-behind materials or internal references in preparing for stakeholder meetings, or to otherwise advance the work of the team. 
  • When needed, represent the company’s interests during meetings with government stakeholders or organizations.
  • Develop and maintain documentation to capture processes related to the team’s work or other information. 
  • Facilitate collaboration between Government Affairs and other teams. Advise other teams regarding Government Affairs perspectives and recommendations. Build relationships across the company to support team or company initiatives as well as relevant and timely cross-departmental information-sharing. 

Your qualifications:

  • 5–8 years of relevant experience. (Although government relations experience is valued in considering candidates for this position, we are open to a range of relevant experiences, such as work in PR, marketing, or operations.) At least 1 year of this experience cumulatively should be in the area of facilitating cross-departmental, time-sensitive projects and information-sharing across teams. 
  • Excellent in-person and written communication skills. 
  • Excellent relationship-building skills and collaboration.
  • Ability to comprehend and act on data and other detailed, complex information.
  • Experience managing multiple personal projects or deadline obligations.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite and Google Drive.
  • Proficiency in web research and other research.
  • Ability to travel within the US and internationally if needed.

Benefits of working at

  • Competitive compensation
  • 401k
  • Stock options
  • 4 weeks paid time off
  • Competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Commuter benefits
  • Bring your dog to work (and unlimited puppy time)
  • Doggy benefits, including $1000 toward adopting your first dog
  • Stocked fridges, coffee, soda, and lots of treats (for humans and dogs)
  • Free catered lunches semi-monthly
  • Regular team activities, including happy hours, snow tubing, game nights, and more
  • 50 free dog walks a year (Seattle only—for now!)

Rover embraces diversity and opposes discrimination.
This position is based at Rover HQ in downtown Seattle.
Candidates must be eligible to work in the US.

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