Senior Policy Director
ICANN - Brussels

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ICANN has an exciting new opportunity for a Senior Policy Director (GNSO) in our Washington, DC or Brussels, Belgium offices. The role performs global policy development, managerial, analytical and research related duties and carries out responsibilities in the following areas (including, but not limited to): supporting the Generic Names Supporting Organization with legal and policy advice and research.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Support and manage all elements of the GNSO’s policy activities by drafting papers and reports on legal and policy matters and researching appropriate national and international laws, policies and contracts.
  • Provide legal advice regarding laws, existing policies and regulations relating to the Generic Names Supporting Organization in order to support the development of consensus policies related to generic domain names.
  • Understand complex internet law and contract issues and how they apply to ICANN’s mission and purpose.
  • Work constructively with GNSO community leaders of diverse backgrounds, cultures and skill sets to enhance the quality and effectiveness of policy recommendations emerging from policy working groups and other policy development efforts.
  • Oversee and review the work products of reporting staff to assure that reports and work products are accurate, comprehensive and clearly expressed.
  • Foster greater global understanding and awareness of ICANN mission to preserve the security, stability and interoperability of the internet through use of the internet, face-to-face communication, education and outreach programs.
  • Develop (independently and through cross-departmental collaboration, as appropriate) ICANN Staff policy positions as reflected in documents published by the policy department
  • Advocate for, and serve as a spokesperson for Staff policy positions to the ICANN Community, including, as appropriate, the Board, advisory committees and supporting organizations, and other ICANN departments.
  • Educate other members of the policy team, Staff and the community on the ICANN policy processes, contractual obligations, and legal framework supporting the bottom-up, multi-stakeholder consensus driven policy processes as embodied in the ICANN bylaws and contracts
  • Negotiate as appropriate with other departments within ICANN to develop ICANN’s position with respect to policy matters
  • Manage activities in accordance with applicable budgetary constraints
  • Negotiate and manage outsourcing arrangements with third parties to assist with the development or implementation of new policies

Essential Job Functions:
  • Manage and administer complex public policy processes.
  • Research, write and edit issue reports and position papers and produce informational materials.
  • Work closely with the GNSO Team Leader and assist in supervising work to meet completion dates in accordance with established schedules.
  • Coordinate and facilitate in-person, telephonic and web-based community meetings and deliberations on complex political and policy issues.
    • Represent the organization in international forums.
    • Conduct educational briefing for senior industry leaders.
    • Make public presentations to large industry gatherings.
    • Provide written and verbal executive briefings to Board of Directors, CEO and senior management.
    • Coordinate cross-functional projects with other ICANN teams
ICANN is an unusual global organization. It is based on a multi-stakeholder concept that brings interested voices around the world into the bottom-up policy-making process for the Internet’s domain name system. You can find more about us at http://www.icann.org .

There is no typical ICANN employee. Our staff has a wide range of backgrounds and working styles, with many working remotely, and we have offices in Europe, Australia and the United States. We are expanding and changing rapidly.

Required Skills
  • Proven ability to prepare detailed technical reports, presentations and speeches to internal and external audiences on complex and esoteric issues of significant industry importance.
  • Ability to work with a diverse workforce and community, in a highly visible environment where every word is recorded and shared with the community.
  • Ability to work productively and effectively with other internal department leaders
  • Commitment to organizational principles of accountability and transparent work environment.
  • Highly tuned political, diplomatic and social skills.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines in fast-paced stressful and high-pressure environment
  • Ability to quickly study and understand political, societal, legal and business implications of highly technical DNS issues.
  • Must have excellent communication skills including written and verbal fluency in English with multi-lingual skills strongly preferred.
  • Comfort level with 24-7 work environment

Required Experience
  • Minimum 10 years related experience with national or international policy development at a senior, vice president, or executive level.
    • Expert level knowledge of the internet and Domain Name System policy framework required
    • University degree and J.D. required
  • Demonstrated success in leadership and managerial roles, including motivating and developing reporting personnel.
    • Strong computer skills including MS Office, wiki, Adobe Connect and other collaboration tools
ICANN is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, age or other protected characteristics and complies with all applicable laws and regulations.

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. ICANN offers a competitive benefits package, including a retirement savings plan and also employer-paid medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance.

All resumes should accompany a well written cover letter (first impressions are everything). Tell us why you are the best person for the job. Only those with comparable skills will be contacted. No phone calls or email please.

About ICANN: ICANN’s mission is to ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn’t have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers. ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet’s naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. For more information please visit: http://www.icann.org .

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