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(Senior) Director of Policy for Trade

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The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) is the premier voice, advocate, and thought leader for the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry. Our member companies include the world’s leading innovation companies, with headquarters worldwide and business networks distributed around the globe. We advocate on behalf of our members for policy and regulatory environments that enable innovation and maximize all of the benefits that ICT companies provide, including economic growth; job creation; and the tools to solve the world’s most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges.

ITI’s work in international trade policy is broad and expansive, reflecting the significance of international trade to every ITI member company. ITI plays a leading role in influencing trade policy in a wide range of settings, including in the bilateral or regional trade negotiations of the United States and other economies, legislative consideration of trade agreements in the U.S. Congress, and plurilateral and multilateral negotiations occurring in the World Trade Organization (WTO). We do so mindful of the close connections between trade policy and other important public policy interests, including those relating to privacy and data protection, cybersecurity, cross-border data flows, voluntary and industry-led standards, and coherent cross-border tax rules, among others.

ITI is seeking a (Senior) Director of Policy for Trade to help lead ITI’s work on trade policy issues. The (Senior) Director of Policy for Trade will report to the Executive Vice President for Policy and work closely with ITI’s Policy team, as well as the rest of ITI.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinating closely and regularly with ITI member companies to articulate an overall strategic approach to ITI’s trade policy priorities and to execute specific actions in furtherance of that approach.
  • Leveraging past experience with trade negotiators and senior trade policy officials, in the United States and other economies, to craft strong digital trade and related provisions in bilateral or regional trade agreements (e.g., NAFTA, KORUS, TPP 11, EU-Japan, and EU-Mexico).
  • Driving ambitious digital trade and related outcomes in plurilateral and multilateral negotiations, including WTO discussions concerning a potential E-Commerce agreement.
  • Drawing on Congressional experience and working closely with ITI’s Public Affairs team to build and deploy Congressional support for ITI’s trade policy priorities.
  • Leading efforts among industry associations, and representing ITI and its member companies, in public settings to advance ITI’s trade policy priorities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A law degree or other advanced degree in international relations, public policy, business and finance, economics, or a related field.
  • At least 5-7 years’ experience developing and implementing successful trade policy strategies, including through positions in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative or on the trade staffs of the Senate Finance Committee or the House Ways and Means Committee (or comparable positions in other economies).
  • A deep network of trade policy-related contacts, in the United States and multiple additional markets.
  • High emotional intelligence; strong interpersonal skills; excellent verbal and written communication abilities; capabilities for thinking strategically and creatively; instincts for being a team player and working to build consensus; and a sense of humor.
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