Opportunity:  Senior Director for Technology & Innovation Policy 


Job Opening:  The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy trade association, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Senior Director for Technology & Innovation Policy.

About Us: The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 380 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley. Public policy issues we engage in include energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, taxation, economic vitality and the environment.  Additional information can be found at

Position Summary:  The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (Leadership Group) is seeking a highly qualified candidate to serve as Senior Director for Technology and Innovation Policy. In this role, you will help the Leadership Group’s members and partners define the organization’s priorities related to technology and innovation, and develop and implement programs, events and advocacy campaigns to advance those priorities.  Issues will likely include a range of internet issues, privacy, cybersecurity, broadband, startup cultivation/support, and regulation around new economic sectors such as the sharing economy and financial technology.


1. Technology & Innovation Policy Committee Development, Staffing and Management

  • Design, establish and develop a Technology and Innovation Policy Committee for the Leadership Group.
  • Broadly and deeply engage Leadership Group member companies in all aspects of the Leadership Group’s technology and innovation policy portfolio.
  • Ensure that committees and coalitions are strategically focused on achievable objectives.
  • Recommend appropriate policy positions by researching legislation and public policy issues affecting member companies,  providing information regarding competing viewpoints and recommending a position to policy committees.
  • Identify, and develop relationships with, executives from Leadership Group member companies who will champion deliverables on the Leadership Group’s technology and innovation policy workplan.
  • Coordinate speakers for meetings to better inform members of the issues.
  • Develop meeting agendas in coordination with committee chairs.

2. Advocacy  

  • Participate in Washington DC and Sacramento advocacy trips.
  • Partner with other associations, community leaders, and organizations on issues of mutual interest.
  • Develop relationships with key policy makers to help keep them abreast of the Leadership Group’s policy priorities and positions.
  • Write letters and provide testimony on the Leadership Group’s positions to appropriate policy makers.
  • Coordinate letters and testimony from Leadership Group member companies and appropriate community groups and associations in support of the Leadership Group’s position.
  • Assist in developing press strategy on policy and events.
  • Draft and submit Letters to the Editor, Guest Op-eds, etc.

3. Membership Management

  • Meet with potential members, cultivate relationships with new members and deepen partnerships with existing members in policy, programs and events.
  • Facilitate engagement of members in the work of the Technology & Innovation Policy Committee and Subcommittees and other program areas, as appropriate.

4. Technology and Innovation Policy-Related Events

  • Overall responsibility for planning and executing technology and innovation policy-related events.
  • Responsibility for reaching fund-raising goals, including design and implementation of marketing plans to identify and recruit sponsors.

5. Other     

  • Attend Silicon Valley Leadership Group special events. The events range in size from 50 to 1,500 participants.
  • Assist with Leadership Group community events such as the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot.
  • Develop a collaborative working relationship with local elected officials, partner nonprofit organizations, and local jurisdictions in Silicon Valley.
  • Accommodate occasional early morning, evening and weekend commitments.
  • Recruit and manage interns working in support of the technology and innovation policy portfolio.
  • Represent the Leadership Group on various boards, committees, organizations and task forces as appropriate.
  • Represent the Leadership Group at public and private forums including conferences, press conferences, hearings and receptions.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Legislative and/or regulatory experience related to technology and innovation policy.  Key policy areas may include, but are not limited to:  a range of internet issues, privacy, cybersecurity, broadband, startup cultivation/support, and regulation around new economic sectors such as the sharing economy and financial technology.
  • Knowledge and experience in public policy process and political dynamics.
  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field such as law, policy, business, or computer science.
  • Experience building and managing collaborative relationships.
  • Experience in program management, budgeting and implementation.

Preferred Qualifications

Strong preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Direct experience working in the California legislature or relevant California regulatory agencies
  • Relationships with California/Bay Area lawmakers, municipal elected officials, and area business and non-profit executives
  • Masters degree in a relevant field

Salary & Benefits

  • Salary Range:  $80,000 – $95,000 based upon experience.
  • Benefits include health care, dental, and 401 (k) plan
  • Complimentary Eco-Pass for VTA Bus, Light Rail and Express Bus service
  • Professional development fund to attend conferences, take relevant classes, etc.
  • Subsidized fitness center nearby

Deadline for submission: January 9, 2015

Please submit cover letter and resume to