Government Affairs Director

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

What You'll Do

You will lead telecommunications and spectrum policy development for Cisco’s global government affairs team as a Director of Government Affairs reporting to the Head of the Washington Office based in DC.

Who You'll Work With

Government Affairs (GA) is a global corporate function led by the Corporate Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. It represents Cisco to governments worldwide. GA works to build relationships with governments, to educate policymakers and regulators about Cisco and the technology industry, and to advocate public policy positions consistent with Cisco’s mission to power an inclusive future for all.

Who You Are

  • You have senior level experience working with the Federal Communications Commission and in the private sector, explaining complex regulatory and policy matters to senior executives across various business units
  • Team player and strong collaborator who works well with others inside the company and is results oriented with a high regard for simply getting the job done
  • Effective advocate and respected voice for Cisco with regulatory agencies, policymakers, industry trade groups, and coalitions
  • Innovative thinker who can formulate and implement policy solutions that benefit Cisco’s business interests
  • Strong writer with the ability to draft regulatory filings, position papers, and policy one-pagers
  • Great communicator comfortable presenting Cisco priorities as a featured speaker at industry events and to government officials and senior executives
  • Enthusiastic self-starter who loves to learn and enjoys working with equally motivated colleagues

Minimum Requirements

  • At least six years experience in telecommunications and technology policy
  • Strong background working with the FCC and/or related regulatory bodies
  • Expertise in spectrum policy is a plus
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication and presentation skills
  • Previous private sector experience strongly preferred (e.g. corporation, trade association, law firm or consulting firm)
  • Must be a self-starter who can manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to operate with a high degree of autonomy
  • Law degree required

Why Cisco

#WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team and make a difference. Here’s how we do it.

We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their digital businesses. Some may think we’re “old” (30 years strong!) and only about hardware, but we’re also a software company. And a security company. An AI/Machine Learning company. We even invented an intuitive network that adapts, predicts, learns and protects. No other company can do what we do – you can’t put us in a box!

But “Digital Transformation” is an empty buzz phrase without a culture that allows for innovation, creativity, and yes, even failure (if you learn from it.)

Day to day, we focus on the give and take. We give our best, we give our egos a break, and we give of ourselves (because giving back is built into our DNA.) We take accountability, we take bold steps, and we take difference to heart. Because without diversity of thought and a commitment to equality for all, there is no moving forward.

So, you have colorful hair? Don’t care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? That’s cool.


U.S. Vaccination Requirements

Cisco requires all U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated or have an approved religious or medical accommodation. Candidates accepting an offer must provide proof of vaccination status on their first day. If someone anticipates requesting an accommodation for this requirement, they must receive approval before the start date. Candidates receiving an offer will receive additional information about the accommodation process at the time of the offer. All offers of employment are contingent upon complying with Cisco's vaccination policy.

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