Director, US Government Relations

Etsy, Washington, DC

Peer-to-peer e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies

We are seeking an experienced professional to start our DC office and lead our US government relations strategy! The Director of US Government Relations leads Etsy’s US public policy work, positioning Etsy as a credible voice on micro-business and technology issues, and advancing our interests in Washington, DC and at the state level. You are an independent self-starter, comfortable developing high-level strategy and implementing nitty gritty campaign tactics. Having significant experience working on tech policy issues, and fluency in the federal policy process will be key to success in this role.

You will join our small but mighty Advocacy team, helping build Etsy’s unique, mission-driven approach to government relations. We advocate for public policies that enable global e-commerce, support creative entrepreneurship, champion economic empowerment, equity, and resilience. Our work is member-powered and mission-driven. We prioritize connecting Etsy sellers with the policy-makers that represent them, and advocate for collaborative policy solutions that leverage the power of the public and private sectors to address our shared challenges.

You will implement campaigns to advance our priority policy goals by building 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. Let's keep commerce human together!

This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC, and reports to the Global Head of Policy and Impact.

About the Role

  • Track public policy issues at the federal and state levels that could impact Etsy and our community, keeping relevant staff 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
  • Identify strategic targets and build relationships with government officials and allies to advance policy goals
  • Organize and lead meetings between elected officials, Etsy staff, and the Etsy community
  • Lead company engagement with trade associations, coalitions, and lobbying firms as needed
  • Represent Etsy at meetings, events, conferences, and panels
  • Support executive team engagement with the federal government, including drafting remarks, preparing briefing materials, and providing follow-up support
  • Engage with the Etsy seller community in policy campaigns and provide support to community-led initiatives

About You

  • You have 10+ years of experience working in government and public policy, and a strong point of view on what makes effective campaigns succeed
  • You have 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, privacy, trade, net neutrality, portable benefits, etc.)
  • Thrive working independently, and leading projects from conception to completion
  • You are an outstanding writer, and can distil complex policy issues into simple explanations and compelling messages
  • You are detail-oriented, with excellent organizational, prioritization and multi-tasking skills
  • You exercise sound judgement and discretion
  • Love building strong relationships with your teammates and have a willingness to jump into any task
  • Passionate about Etsy’s mission and empowering 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
What’s Next

Interested in working with us? Send us a cover letter and your CV or resume explaining why you’d be great for the job. We value your unique talents and point of view, so feel free to tell us what you are all about. And if you write, draw, craft, or contribute to something you’re proud of, we’d love to hear about it.
At Etsy, we believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace makes us a more relevant, more competitive, and more resilient company. We welcome people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, and experiences. 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 identity or expression, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

About Etsy

Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods.

The heart and soul of Etsy is our global community: the creative entrepreneurs who use Etsy to sell what they make or curate, the shoppers looking for things they can’t find anywhere else, the manufacturers who partner with Etsy sellers to help them grow, and the Etsy employees who maintain and nurture our marketplace.

Want to learn more about Etsy? Visit Etsy's website.