Seattle, WA

Public Policy Director, Vulcan, Inc.

The Organization

Are you looking for an opportunity to do interesting work that is meaningful? Do you want to make an impact while exploring a wide range of issues and initiatives?

Nice to meet you, we’re Vulcan.

Empowered by our founder Paul Allen’s vision, Vulcan pursues initiatives and projects that seek to change the trajectory of some of the world’s most difficult challenges. Our guiding principle is to make and leave the world a better place and we work with partners to solve problems facing oceans, climate, wildlife conservation, and communities. We strive to improve our planet and support our communities through scientific and technological breakthroughs, catalytic philanthropy, policy change, and inspirational experiences, motivated by Paul’s lifelong question: “What solution should exist that doesn’t?”

For more detail about our work, check us out at

Position Overview

About the Public Policy Director role…

As our new Public Policy Director you will join the Seattle-based Government and Community Relations (GCR) team and report to the Managing Director of Government and Community Relations. You will be based in Washington DC and, post-COVID, you will travel up to 20% of the time, including to our Seattle headquarters.

You will be responsible for the development, execution, and day-to-day management of government relations and public policy strategies to advance the company’s business and philanthropic interests. Working in close collaboration with the GCR team, you will develop and implement comprehensive public policy strategies at the federal and international levels for a wide variety of Vulcan projects and initiatives globally.

Some of the impactful work you’ll do….

·         Manage government relations at the federal and international levels on a day-to-day basis.

·         Provide government relations policy guidance to internal and external project teams.

·         Establish and maintain regular contact with key government officials and non-governmental partners.

·         Write and produce memos, publications, position papers and other presentation material.

·         Represent Vulcan in a variety of government and political settings, including public hearings and forums and private meetings.

·         Collaborate with community affairs and media relations to develop and implement comprehensive communications strategies for Vulcan projects and initiatives.

·         Perform “crisis management” activities, as necessary, by coordinating with colleagues and responding to quick shifts in the regulatory, legislative and political environment to protect Vulcan’s business and philanthropic interests.

·         Research and analyze emerging issues of political, regulatory and legislative consequence to Vulcan.

·         Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity and fulfillment of commitments.

What we hope you’ll add to our team…

·         An ability to live and work within ambiguity.  The world, and our company, are evolving and changing rapidly.

·         An innovative and entrepreneurial approach to your work.  We work collaboratively but you’ll also need to be a self-starter.

·         An ability to spot issues and make connections to Vulcan priorities then develop and implement a strategy from A to Z.

Qualifications we seek….

·         Highly skilled in devising and executing effective public policy and communications strategies for projects requiring support from multiple and diverse governmental entities and officials.

·         Thoroughly adept at distilling and clearly conveying key messages that will assist the company in achieving its business and philanthropic objectives.

·         Highly effective in adopting creative solutions to unconventional issues or problems.

·         Able to work well with a broad range of individuals with diverse backgrounds and interests.

·         Experience and ability to function effectively as an integral member of a larger multi-disciplinary team.

·         Able to write clearly, concisely and on deadline.

·         Able to read, analyze, interpret and evaluate legislation, statutes and regulations.

·         Able to effectively prioritize competing projects and successfully deliver against timelines.

·         Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

We strongly prefer candidates who have…

·         Experience working on climate, oceans and/or wildlife conservation issues.

·         Experience working in government or closely with governments at the federal or international levels.

·         Experience working on government relations, policy and communications in an international context.

Required computer skills

MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); Smartsheet; SharePoint


Bachelor’s degree (B.A., B.S. or equivalent) from accredited institution with at least 10 to 12 plus years of relevant experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience.

We’re committed to inclusion and equal opportunity.

Vulcan is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We encourage people to apply without regard to race, age, gender, religion, disability, LGBTQ status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our applicants’ and employees’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The job description listed above is representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

If you need accommodation during the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at or your recruiter.

Hiring process and timeline….

We will accept applications until the position is filled but applications received on or before September 25, 2020 will be given preference.  Our goal is to complete interviews via Zoom through mid-October and make a hiring decision by early November.

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