US Government Affairs and Public Policy Manager


April 16, 2021

Company Description
Etsy is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. We build, power, and evolve the tools and technologies that connect entrepreneurs with buyers around the world. As an Etsy employee, you’ll tackle unique problems alongside talented coworkers committed to Keeping Commerce Human. We're large enough that you'll focus on meaningful, complex challenges, but small enough that you can make a rewarding impact.
Job Description
We are seeking an experienced professional to support our US government affairs and public policy work. At Etsy, we advocate for public policies that support Etsy’s business goals, enable global e-commerce, support creative entrepreneurship, and champion our Impact goals around economic empowerment, equity, and ecological sustainability. We prioritize connecting Etsy sellers with the policy-makers that represent them, and advocate for collaborative policy solutions that use the power of the public and private sectors to address our shared challenges.
You will join our Advocacy team, positioning Etsy as a credible voice on micro-business and technology issues, and advancing our policy goals in Washington, DC and at the state level. Are you an independent self-starter, comfortable forming relationships with legislators, digging in on policy details, and implementing diverse campaign tactics? If so, this could be the magnificent match.
Let's keep commerce human together!
This is a full-time position, ideally located in Brooklyn, Washington, DC, or California. Remote candidates should be flexible about working EST hours, as well as traveling to Brooklyn from time to time (once travel resumes).
Many Etsy roles are open to remote candidates, and you'll be able to identify which ones within the location header of each job description. For candidates who will work remotely from Colorado, visit this link for information related to Colorado's Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.
About the Role
In this role, you will:

  • Track public policy issues at the federal and state levels that could impact Etsy and our community, keeping relevant internal partners informed and involved as needed

  • Partner with internal stakeholders to develop policy positions on a diverse array of federal and state policy issues, ranging from tech policy to the challenges facing micro-businesses

  • Lead Etsy’s advocacy and public policy engagement at the state and local level, for example by handling consultants and trade associations focused on specific issues in state capitals.

  • Support campaigns to advance our priority policy goals by forming relationships with elected officials and their staff, connecting our seller community with policy-makers, and working with diverse partners within and outside Etsy to frame and reframe issues to advance shared policy goals.

  • Coordinate US based trade association engagement to maximize collaboration with industry colleagues where joint action is beneficial.

  • Drive Etsy thought leadership initiatives and partnerships in Washington, DC, including with think tanks, policy organizations, and NGOs focused on issues of relevance to Etsy and our seller community. Identify strategic targets and form relationships with government officials and allies to advance policy goals

  • Engage with the Etsy seller community in policy campaigns and provide support to public policy and community-led initiatives

  • Organize and lead meetings between elected officials, Etsy staff, and the Etsy community

  • Partner closely with Etsy’s press team to ensure a tailored communications strategy for Washington, DC and state capitals.

  • Represent Etsy at meetings, events, conferences, and panels

  • Support executive team engagement with the federal and state government, including drafting remarks, preparing briefing materials, and providing follow-up support

  • Of course, this is just a sample of the kinds of work this role will require! You should assume that your role will encompass other tasks, too, and that your job duties and responsibilities may change from time to time at Etsy's discretion, or otherwise applicable with local law.


About You

Ideally you will have:

  • 5+ years of experience working in government and public policy, and a strong point of view on what makes effective campaigns succeed

  • Worked with a federal, state, or local government agency or organization

  • Expertise in issues affecting the technology sector, e-commerce, and the self-employed (e.g. intermediary liability, platform competition, product safety, privacy, trade, net neutrality, portable benefits, etc.)

  • Fluency in federal and state public policy processes

  • A consistent record of working independently, and leading projects from conception to completion

  • Outstanding communication and writing skills, with the ability to distil complex policy issues into simple explanations and compelling messages

  • Strong attention to detail, with excellent organizational, prioritization and multitasking skills

  • Sound judgement and discretion

  • A love of building strong relationships with your teammates and have a willingness to jump into any task

  • Passion for Etsy’s mission and strategy to empower our community of sellers to advocate for themselves on issues they care about

  • Bonus points if you are a maker yourself or have your own creative business

  • A trust in and commitment to Etsy’s vision, mission and values.

Additional Information

What's Next

If you're interested in joining the team at Etsy, please send a cover letter and resume telling us why you'd be right for the position. As you’ve hopefully seen already, Etsy is a place that values individuality and variety. We don’t want you to be like everyone else — we want you to be like you! So write to us and tell us what you’re all about.
Our Promise
At Etsy, we believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace makes us a more relevant, more competitive, and more resilient company. We encourage people from all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and experiences to apply. Etsy is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy or caregiver status, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application and interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. While Etsy supports visa sponsorship, sponsorship opportunities may be limited to certain roles and skillsets.