Director of WhatsApp Public Policy

Berlin, Germany

WhatsApp Inc., a subsidiary of Facebook, is seeking a Director of Public Policy Policy to lead WhatsApp's policy strategy and engagement for the EMEA region. This is a great opportunity for someone wanting to make an impact as part of a small, nimble team serving more than 1.5 billion people around the world, and to be part of WhatsApp's growth story. As the Director of Public Policy for WhatsApp in the EMEA region, you will help shape various product and issue agendas with policy makers inside the outside government. In addition, you will help advise our internal teams on public policy changes and opportunities, working with a closely coordinated and cross-functional global team. The role requires significant experience either working with or in government, politics or a regulatory agency as well as the ability to grasp complex technical and policy issues. You will regularly engage in the big public policy issues of the day - including privacy, security and user safety - where WhatsApp plays a part in high-profile debates. In this role, you will also manage strategic outreach and policy campaigns to advance the values and interests of WhatsApp. You'll coordinate closely with our local and global policy teams, the WhatsApp business and product organizations and key cross-functional partners in Legal, Partnerships and Communications to execute our policy strategy, develop our external narrative around key policy challenges and advise product teams through the public policy lens.

This role is expected to be based in London though other locations in the EMEA region would be considered, to include Germany and Dublin.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and lead WhatsApp's regional policy strategy, particularly around issues like security, privacy and user safety
  • Identify, monitor, and analyze current and emerging policy issues affecting WhatsApp in the EMEA region
  • Engage and build relations with policymakers
  • represent WhatsApp in meetings with regional government officials and elected members
  • Build coalitions with other regional organizations to advance WhatsApp's policy goals
  • Design and lead innovative strategic outreach programs and campaigns to shape the public and political climate of opinion around WhatsApp
  • Work with the global team to develop WhatsApp policy positions in briefing papers, consultation responses and internal policy meetings
  • Advise WhatsApp teams on regional public policy matters to guide development of products, services and policies
  • Communicate WhatsApp's positions at public events and with media in the region

Minimum Qualification

  • Significant work experience, including experience managing high-profile policy campaigns and strategic outreach with diverse stakeholders within policy advocacy or in a government position
  • Experience executing cross-functional campaigns
  • Ability to work as part of a team and exercise good judgement and a sense of humor in a rapidly changing environment
  • Superb written and verbal communications skills

Preferred Qualification

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent required (advanced degree preferred)
  • Experience in internet technologies, security, privacy, content moderation and the surrounding policy environments (preferred)
  • Experience in product counseling (preferred)


WhatsApp is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.

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