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Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Government and Industry Relations

Washington, District of Columbia
Sales, Strategy, Marketing, and Commercial Management

English (US)

Job Description

Date: Feb 15, 2019

Title: Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Government and Industry Relations



Ericsson Overview:


Ericsson is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and services to mobile and fixed network operators. Over 1,000 networks in more than 180 countries use Ericsson equipment, and more than 40 percent of the world's mobile traffic passes through Ericsson’s networks.

We are truly a global company, working across borders in 175 countries, offering a diverse, performance-driven culture and an innovative and engaging environment where employees enhance their potential every day. Our employees live our vision, core values and guiding principles. They share a passion to win and a high responsiveness to customer needs that in turn makes us a desirable partner to our clients. To ensure professional growth, Ericsson offers a stimulating work experience, continuous learning and growth opportunities that allow you to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to reach your career goals.

Job Summary: Ericsson Inc. is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time Director of Regulatory Policy based in the company’s Washington, DC office. This role will serve as a key member of Ericsson’s government and industry relations team and be responsible for policy advocacy primarily with the Federal Communications Commission, NTIA and other government agencies.  This position reports to the Vice President of Government and Industry Relations and works within the Market Area North America government relations team on both day-to-day tasks and long-term strategic issues. In addition, this role will be a key resource and interface towards Ericsson’s global government and industry relations activities. In this capacity, the Director must be able to attain a comprehensive understanding of the priorities and goals of the company and work independently towards these goals and initiatives.

The Director must be a strategic thinker with strong government relations experience, technical acumen and interpersonal communication skills to interact effectively with a wide range of audiences (e.g., internal Ericsson leadership, U.S. government officials, trade associations, customers).


  • Develop and advocate policy and technical regulatory positions on cybersecurity and trade, among other issues.
  • Collaborate with Internal global stakeholders on policy issues such as cybersecurity and trade.
  • Lead and execute regulatory efforts regarding the development and certification of new technologies including 5G. 
  • Obtain experimental licenses as needed for Ericsson to develop, trial, and demonstrate new technologies.
  • Complete applications for and obtain experimental and STA licenses for Ericsson to develop, trial, and demonstrate new technologies including 5G.
  • Collaborate with business on 5G trials
  • Maintain and develop relationships with Federal Communications Commission, NTIA and other relevant agencies.
  • Work closely and contribute to various trade associations and industry coalitions.
  • Brief and advise team members and company executives on telecommunications and trade and other policy issues.


Key Qualifications:

  • In depth knowledge and proficiency of U.S. telecommunications and trade policy issues with ability to assess, track and advise on developing issues.
  • Competence in developing filings and positions on spectrum issues.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines with consistently high-quality work product.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and networking strengths: excellent listening, analytical and interpretive skills as well as mature judgment, political acumen, tact, and diplomacy in handling sensitive and/or confidential matters with a broad constituency.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, experienced thought leader, self-motivated, able to meet deadlines and work well under pressure.
  • U.S. citizen



  • Bachelor's Degree and 10-15 years of legal and/or external affairs, government affairs or related advocacy experience.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • Preference for telecom lawyer or similar


Minimum years of experience:

  • Minimum 10 years of Capitol Hill, U.S. government agency, advocacy organization, or private sector experience.
  • FCC or NTIA experience preferred



Domestic travel expected to be less than 5 times per year and international travel is expected to be 1 time per year









DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position. Therefore employees assigned may be required to perform additional job tasks required by the manager.


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