The Microsoft Public Affairs team manages external communications on a diverse set of issues at the intersection of technology, public policy, and societal impact. This includes issues such as privacy, security, public policy, environmental sustainability, accessibility, corporate social responsibility, legal affairs, litigation, and corporate philanthropy. As a result, we work every day on the issues that drive media cycles and broad public discussion about the impact of technology around the world. We work to help increase understanding of the issues, shine a light on the work that the company is doing, and demonstrate Microsoft's commitment to building trust with all of our stakeholders including governments, civil society, customers, and partners. We're a multi-disciplinary team with communications, corporate marketing, and government affairs professionals. We work hard to push the boundaries of communications and to test and learn in a rapidly changing industry and company.
We're looking for an experienced professional to manage communications on the topics of privacy and security.
You'll be joining both the Microsoft Public Affairs team and the broader Microsoft Communications team. You'll therefore be joining a large, diverse group of professionals focused on innovation in communications, a passion for experimentation, and a commitment to creating an environment in which communications professionals can grow their careers.
The position is based in Redmond, Washington and reports to the Director of Public Affairs for privacy and security.
A minimum of 10 years in communications roles in a corporate environment, government, media, advocacy groups, or a top tier agency environment.
Media management and media relations experience, including with top tier outlets.
Exceptional written communications skills and a passion for creative storytelling in a digital environment.
Experience managing or working with an agency team.
Strong knowledge and experience with social media.
A focus on details and the ability to manage multiple, high-profile projects and deliverables.
Calm under pressure, and the ability to respond under tight deadlines.
Outstanding judgement with a strong sense of how an issue might play out with reporters.
Experience in technology or public policy (or both) is desirable.
A blend of editorial, project management and cross-group collaboration skills
BS/BA degree required
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.
Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.
This is a high-profile role, working in close partnership senior leaders in Microsoft's Corporate, External and Legal Affairs team (CELA), the communications function, and the broader company. Responsibilities include:
Building strategic communications plans to help audiences better understand Microsoft's investments in privacy and security and to advance public policies around the world that improve protections for our customers.
Serving as a trusted communications counselor to senior leaders.
Managing relationships with top tier, global media.
Navigating complex, time sensitive responses to issues.
Managing a high-performing agency team to maximize the impact of their work.
Working closely with Microsoft communication leaders in countries around the world.
Helping to drive integrated execution of communications campaigns across the Public Affairs team, and with other teams in CELA.