Senior Director, Public Policy

  • R5682
  • Arlington, VA, United States

Senior Director, Public Policy and Government Affairs


Rapid7 is seeking an experienced policy and government affairs professional to develop and lead our public policy program. Rapid7’s public policy program engages policymakers, trade groups, and the security community globally to advocate for effective cybersecurity policies. The Senior Director of Public Policy also advises Rapid7 on changing regulations, is the public face of our global government affairs, and contributes to Rapid7’s social mission to advance security for all. 

About the Team


The Global Public Policy team will be built to oversee the changing regulatory and policy landscape across the world. This team is critical at making sure Rapid7 has a pulse on regulatory and compliance shifts. This team will also be responsible for building partnerships with government agencies and media.

About the Role


The Senior Director of Public Policy and Government affairs is responsible for managing Rapid7’s public policy program globally and advancing  Rapid7’s business interest. Reporting to the Chief Technology Officer, the Senior Director of Public Policy will build the team and set the strategy,  representing Rapid7’s position on policy, regulations and laws. This leader will also advise internal and external stakeholders on regulatory developments. The Senior Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs will develop and communicate Rapid7’s policy and regulatory positions through writing, presentations, and meetings. 

In this role, you will:

  • Lead and enhance Rapid7’s global public policy and government affairs activities. This includes setting a programmatic strategy, managing a budget, and collaborating with cross-functional teams. 

  • Advocate for balanced but effective cybersecurity laws and policies, advise internal and external stakeholders on regulatory developments, and advance Rapid7’s business interests.

  • Represent Rapid7’s policy priorities before government agencies on global tech issues, including but not limited to cybersecurity and privacy.

  • Draft agency comments, testimony, internal memoranda, talking points, blog posts, and public-facing briefs on policy and regulatory issues.

  • Working closely with technical experts, provide timely responses and thought leadership on global legislative and regulatory proposals. 

  • Advise internal teams on global regulatory and policy issues affecting the company and customer base. Track regulatory proposals and other government activity, ensuring appropriate engagement and keeping Rapid7 teams informed.

  • Manage relationships with the security community, trade associations, civil society organizations, and other companies. Build and participate in coalitions of organizations collaborating on policy issues.

  • Develop a strong network of contacts across government and help educate them on cybersecurity issues, as well as help facilitate partnerships and information sharing with Rapid7.

  • Communicate Rapid7’s policy policy positions publicly through press, conferences, op-eds, social media, and other public speaking.


 

The skills you’ll bring include:

  • At least 5-10 years of applicable experience, including working on technology policy. Preference for experience with cybersecurity policy, government service, and/or corporate government relations experience globally.

  • Self-starter attitude, capable of identifying and managing multiple high visibility projects with limited supervision. 

  • Must be familiar with analyzing and responding to legislative and regulatory proposals.

  • Excellent written and oral communication abilities. Experience with writing for a variety of audiences, as well as public speaking and presentations.

  • Demonstrated and comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity and IT policy.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and manage diverse coalitions. 

  • Law degree strongly preferred. 

We know that the best ideas and solutions come from multi-dimensional teams. Teams reflecting a variety of backgrounds and professional experiences. If you are excited about this role and feel your experience can make an impact, please don’t be shy - apply today.

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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