Saturday, October 6, 2012

Congressional Affairs Manager -- Microsoft Congressional Affairs Manager Job Category: Legal & Corporate Affairs Location: United States, DC, Washington Job ID: 807848 Division: Legal & Corporate Affairs Microsoft Corporation has an immediate opening for a Government Affairs Manager on the Congressional Affairs Team within the US Government Affairs Group based in Washington, DC. The Government Affairs Manager will be responsible for supporting Microsoft's engagement with the U.S. Congress. This person will lead an effort to develop and implement new advocacy tools utilizing a range of on-line and off-line resources and directly engage Congressional offices on Microsoft technology solutions and policy priorities, primarily with Republican offices in the House of Representatives. This successful candidate will maintain and grow expertise on many concurrent issues and demonstrate a strong understanding of Microsoft's technology solutions and strategies. In addition, this person will represent the company to external audiences and communicate Microsoft's technology vision and perspective on general policy issues and technology trends. This position requires prior experience working on and/or with Capitol Hill with a strong political and technology skill set. In particular, the successful candidate will have knowledge of campaign and legislative processes, strong interpersonal skills; superior organizational skills; demonstrated ability to work proactively, creatively and collaboratively; and deep understanding of social media. The position requires enthusiasm and familiarity with the technology industry, an ability to understand, articulate and demonstrate new technologies, and a record of reliability and effectiveness in a fast-paced collaborative environment. The successful candidate will provide advocacy support to other members of the Congressional Affairs Team and work closely with internal stakeholders to develop and implement the company's strategies. Finally, this person should have strong technology skills to support evangelism of Microsoft's products, services, and positions across a range of collaboration, social and productivity platforms. Some domestic travel may be required. This description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this position. The actual duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may vary based on changes in the company's policy agenda and priorities. Summary of Required Skill Set - Good understanding of technology industry and familiarity with high technology issues preferred. - Good understanding of Congress and the federal legislative process. - Strong project management and organizational skills. - Strong ability to build external relationships. - Strong interpersonal skills, and ability to lead and motivate others, and work as a team player. - Solid ability to use Microsoft products/services and social media tools. - Excellent oral and written communication skills. - Ability to represent the company publicly in a variety of settings. Qualifications - Bachelor's Degree required. - 3+ years of demonstrated work experience on Capitol Hill (or directly related to Capitol Hill). Preferred - 1+ years of direct experience with Microsoft products/services and a variety of social media tools. (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) This description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee within this position. The actual duties, responsibilities and qualifications may vary based on assignment or group. Microsoft is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workplace.

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